||A mite: Sarcoptes scabiei
||Passed by direct skin-to-skin contact with infested person or by infested sheets, towels, and clothing.
||Itching begins after two to six weeks in people without previous exposure. People who have been previously infected develop symptoms 1-4 days after re-exposure.
||Early symptoms include small, raised, red bumps or blisters on the skin with severe itching, often identified as burrows. Areas generally affected include the webs of the fingers, wrists and elbows, underarms, belt line, thighs, and external genitalia in men; nipples, abdomen, and the lower portion of the buttocks in women.
||Microscopic examination of the mite, as seen in scrapings from an affected area.
||Cured with special creams, lotions, or shampoos that can be bought at drugstores. Some products require a prescription while others do not. Bedding, clothing, towels must be laundered in hot water.
||Avoid physical/skin to skin contact with infested individuals and their belongings, especially clothing and bedding.
||To prevent getting scabies again, sex partners and household contacts should be treated at the same time.
DSHS Electronic Publication Number E13-11910