You’ve been itchy for days and now a rash has formed along your skin. Could it actually be scabies?\nCaused by small mites, scabies is a common skin condition that has nothing to do with your personal hygiene. To learn if you may be affected, find out more about scabies symptoms, causes, and risk factors.\nWhat Is Scabies?\nScabies is a skin condition that causes a severe rash, which includes itching and raised red bumps. It’s produced by\u00a0“itch mites” (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrow under the skin and lay eggs. In most adults, as few as six to 12 mites can cause scabies. After mites lay their eggs, it may take up to a month for a rash to develop.\nRELATED:\u00a0Is This More Than A Rash?\nHow Do You Get Scabies?\nScabies is often transmitted by coming in contact with an infected person, garment, or piece of bedding.\n\n\n\nSexual transmission: Transmission is more likely to occur when partners spend the night together than following a brief sexual encounter.\nNonsexual transmission: Transmission is possible from sleeping in infested bedding or wearing infested clothing, or even casual contact, such as shaking or holding hands.\nScabies spreads quickly from person to person when someone brings it into a home. Contrary to popular belief, scabies is not caused by an individual’s personal hygiene.\n\n\n\nWhere Do Scabies Appear Most on the Body?\nScabies begins with itchiness within the general skin area of the infestation. You may notice a pimple-like rash, particularly around the wrists, fingers, armpits, waist, and groin.\nThe itching can be worse at night, causing you to lose sleep.\nScabies Treatment Options\nIf you believe you have scabies, it’s important to seek help from your doctor.\nAt your appointment, your doctor will take a sample of the irritated area and test it for the presence of mites. If you do indeed have scabies, your doctor will likely prescribe a topical medication. Several different types of creams and lotions are available, but oral medications may also be recommended:\n\n\n\n\n\nPermethrin cream: A topical cream containing chemicals that kill off scabies mites and their eggs\nLindane lotion: A topical lotion\nCrotamiton: A cream or a lotion that is not recommended for children or pregnant and\/or nursing women\nIvermectin: An oral medication\n\n\n\n\n\nIf you are diagnosed with scabies, everyone in your household should be treated, even if they do not display symptoms. Bedding, clothing, and towels should be thoroughly washed in hot water and dried on a hot setting. Items that cannot be washed should be sealed in a plastic bag for 72 hours to kill the mites.