What Is Scabies?
Scabies are microscopic parasites known as Sarcoptes scabiei. They infest the top most layers of human skin where they lay there eggs and reproduce. This causes an allergic reaction that looks similar to pimples or acne.
What Do Scabies Look Like?
Scabies are to small to see with the naked eye, because they are only about one third of a millimeter long. They have eight legs and a pincer-like mouth that they use for burrowing into your skin.
Scabies Under The Microscope
Here you can see a living scabies mite moving around under the microscope.
What are the symptoms Of Scabies?
Scabies cause an allergic reaction on surface of your skin that presents as a very itchy red rash, as well as acne-like bumps. You may also notice small grey lines on your skin, known as burrows.
What Area Of The Body is Effected?
In adults, the most commonly effected areas include the finger webs, wrists, armpits, elbows, waist, butt, and genitals. Babies and toddlers are susceptible to getting scabies on the head, face, palms, and soles of their feet.
How Do You Get Scabies?
You can get scabies through contact with someone who already has them, or by touching contaminated items. Common ways that you may get infected by scabies, include sexual intercourse, the gym, messages, and contact sports like wrestling.
Scabies prevalence by country
China and Brazil are the most highly effected countries. You can see on the map where the darker areas have a higher prevalence of scabies per capita.