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Scabies is a skin condition caused by mites. Learn what to look for and how it is treated.

Key points

  • Scabies is a common, highly infectious skin rash caused by a reaction to a small mite.
  • Signs and symptoms of the skin disease usually start about four to eight weeks after first contact with scabies mites. Signs and symptoms of subsequent infections occur days after exposure.
  • Scabies spread rapidly through direct physical contact and are not caused by poor hygiene.
  • Untreated scabies can lead to bacterial infection.
  • All close contacts should be treated for scabies to prevent reinfection.
Last updated: January 30th 2024