Scabies is a skin rash caused by a tiny parasite called a human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei). The mite buries itself under your skin and lays eggs, causing intense itching and a pimple-like rash. Scabies is contagious. You can catch the infection if you have direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has scabies -- for example, during sex. Scabies also easily spreads among those who live in close quarters, such as people who are in nursing homes, extended-care centers, and prisons. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how scabies is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
What Are Scabies? How Do You Know If You Have Them?
Scabies -- human itch mites -- burrow into your skin and cause severe itching. Learn if you have them and how they’re treated.
What Are Lice? How Do You Know If You Have Them?
Lice is a common concern that can cause intense itching. Learn the three forms of lice and how to identify a lice infestation.
Top 5 Lice Prevention Tips
Worried about getting lice? Learn five ways to help prevent these pesky parasites from infesting your home and your family at WebMD.
Skin Rashes in Children Treatment
WebMD explains various skin rashes that affect children and how they are treated.
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Identifying Bugs and Bug Bites
Learn to identify ticks, poisonous spiders, fleas, chiggers, and other bugs. See what their bites and stings look like -- and how to find relief.
Things That Burrow Into Your Skin
What’s under your skin? Pictures of parasites that burrow: ticks, chiggers, scabies, screwworm, and more.