A to Z: Scabiesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about parasitic infections and skin disorders.scabies, Sarcoptes scabiei, skin infections, mites, human itch mite, parasites, itchy skin, rashes, crusted scabies, Norwegian scabies, nodular scabies, scabies infection01/24/201304/11/201909/02/20199653194e-85c6-4c5d-aaf7-8ca1bea6300fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-scabies.html/<p><em>May also be called: Crusted Scabies; Norwegian Scabies; Nodular Scabies</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/scabies.html/">Scabies</a> (SKAY-beez) is a common, itchy <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> disorder caused by tiny mites called <em>Sarcoptes scabiei</em>. The female mites burrow into the top layer of human skin to lay their eggs, causing small, itchy bumps and blisters.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Scabies is contagious and is usually transmitted by prolonged skin-to-skin contact or through sexual contact with someone who's&nbsp;infected.</p> <p>A scabies <a class="kh_anchor">infection</a> begins as small, itchy bumps, blisters, or pus-filled bumps that break when scratched. Occasionally, raised wavy lines may appear where the mites have burrowed. The most common symptom of scabies is severe itching due to a hypersensitivity reaction to the mite and/or its feces and eggs. The itching may be worse at night or after a hot bath.</p> <p>Scabies can spread easily in crowded conditions and in situations with a lot of close contact &mdash; as in households, childcare centers, college dorms, or nursing homes. Scabies infections need to be treated by a doctor. Although the infection&nbsp;isn't dangerous, scratching the itchy areas can injure the&nbsp;skin and increase the risk of bacterial infection.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>A scabies infection won't go away on its own, but it is easily treated. Usually, this involves using medicated creams or lotions to kill the mites. To prevent scabies from spreading, all family members should be treated and any shared towels or bed linens should be washed thoroughly.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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ScabiesScabies is an infestation that affects the skin, and is caused by a mite that burrows into the top layer of skin. It causes itching and bumps or blisters.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/scabies.html/372ce667-2026-470a-aa53-df3ef25259a0
Skin, Hair, and NailsOur skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/ff7f1929-9dfc-404b-91a9-b45e51633223