Scabies is a contagious skin infestation caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites burrow into the skin and lay their eggs, causing intense itching and a rash.
Scabies is typically spread through close personal contact, such as skin-to-skin contact, or through the sharing of clothes, bedding, or towels with an infected person. It can also be transmitted through sexual contact.
Scabies is common in crowded environments, such as nursing homes, childcare centers, and prisons. Anyone can get scabies, but it is more common in children and young adults. Treatment typically involves prescription medications that kill the mites and their eggs, as well as measures to prevent the spread of the infestation.