Scabies is one of those conditions that you never think you’re going to get — until you do. Because it’s more common than you might think. According to the World Health Organization, there are about 130 million cases of scabies worldwide at any given time.
Caused by a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, scabies is a skin infestation, according to Healthline. The mites live and reproduce on the surface of your skin — and then burrow into your skin to lay eggs.
After the mites burrow, it can take two to six weeks for symptoms to develop if you’ve never had scabies before, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. If you have had it before, symptoms will show up within one to four days.
Scabies is easy to treat, but it’s also very contagious as it can spread through direct skin contact, bed linens and more, according to Healthline.
So, to identify if you have scabies and to prevent from spreading it to your loved ones, read on for five ways you can tell if you have it.
You have a rash.
The mites burrowing into the skin triggers a rash that can often take the form of small bumps in a linear pattern, to the American Academy of Dermatology. The bumps can look like anything from pimples and knots under the skin to tiny bites or hives. Scaly patches resembling eczema can also develop.
You’re extremely itchy.
Your skin will be so irritated from the presence of the mites and their burrowing that it will become extremely itchy, particularly at nighttime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Scabies sufferers may have trouble sleeping because the itching sensation is so extreme.
You have thick crusts on your skin.
There’s a severe type of scabies, known as crusted scabies — and it looks just like it sounds. It causes thick patches of crust on the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Whereas people with normal cases of scabies typically have 15 to 20 mites on their skin, people with crusted scabies (also sometimes called Norwegian scabies) have hundreds or thousands of them.
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