Scabies

stock_16.jpgScabies is a rashy skin condition caused by small, eight-legged mites. They are so small, you cannot see them on your skin with the naked eye. The mites burrow under the top layer of skin, causing an itchy reaction which develops into a rash. The mites live for approximately 48 to 72 hours without human contact.

Although this condition is caused by a bug, anyone can get scabies – any age, race or income level. Even people who are extremely clean and tidy can contract scabies. The mites are typically spread from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact. You can also contract scabies from infested bedding, furniture and clothing, but this is less likely.

We can diagnose a case of scabies and prescribe an effective topical ointment for treatment.