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Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. Intense itching occurs in the area where the mite burrows.


  • Itching, often severe and usually worse at night
  • A raised rash or spots

Scabies are passed from person to person by skin-to-skin contact. You cannot get scabies from pets.

If you’ve had scabies before, symptoms may start within a few days of exposure. If you’ve never had scabies, it can take as long as six weeks for symptoms to start. You can still spread scabies even if you don’t have any symptoms yet.

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