Scabies is a common skin condition caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the top layer of skin to live and feed. An extremely itchy rash develops as a reaction to the mite. The mite can move from one person to another through direct, skin-to-skin contact or contact with infested items such as bedding, clothing or furniture.
Dermatologists treat millions of cases worldwide each year and scabies is not a condition limited to low-income families, neglected children or those with poor hygiene. Anyone can get scabies. However, with today’s improved detection methods and treatment, dermatologists can diagnose and treat scabies successfully so the distress is only temporary.