Scabies is a skin condition caused by a microscopic mite that burrows and lays eggs underneath the skin. The most common symptoms are itching, particularly at night time, tiny red bumps or burrows on the skin. Scabies can develop anywhere on the skin, but the most common places are hands, arms, and skin usually covered by clothing or jewelry.

Scabies is contagious and is spread by direct contact with an affected person. A person can also contract the condition from an infested object like a towel, bedding or furniture.

Because scabies is highly contagious, if a member of your household has it, all household members should be treated.