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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

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Scabies Fact Sheet

ORGANISM A mite: Sarcoptes scabiei
TRANSMISSION Passed by direct skin-to-skin contact with infested person or by infested sheets, towels, and clothing.
INCUBATION 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.
TYPICAL SYMPTOMS 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.
DIAGNOSIS Microscopic examination of the mite, as seen in scrapings from an affected area.
TREATMENT 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.
PREVENTION Avoid physical/skin to skin contact with infested individuals and their belongings, especially clothing and bedding.
COMMENTS To prevent getting scabies again, sex partners and household contacts should be treated at the same time.

DSHS Electronic Publication Number E13-11910

Last updated March 17, 2015