Scabies is a skin infestation caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. Here are three common symptoms of scabies:
- Intense itching: The most common symptom of scabies is intense itching, which usually gets worse at night or after a hot shower. The itching is caused by the mites burrowing into the skin and laying eggs.
- Rash: A scabies rash usually appears as small, red, raised bumps or blisters. The rash is often found on the hands, wrists, elbows, armpits, waist, buttocks, genitals, or between the fingers.
- Visible burrows: In some cases, the mites may create thin, wavy, grayish-white lines on the skin, which are called burrows. These burrows are often found in the folds of the skin or between the fingers, and they may be difficult to see without a magnifying glass.