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Scabies is caused by tiny mites that are not easily seen by the human eye. They burrow in the skin and cause little red bumps and severe itching, particularly at night. An early rash appears as little red bumps or pimples. In advanced scabies, the skin may be very crusty or scaly.

Scabies is extremely contagious and is transmitted by close personal contact.

People with scabies are treated with a prescription cream or lotion from the doctor. Even after treatment, the itching and rash may last for weeks. If you have scabies, all washables clothing, towels and bed linens that have been in contact with the infected person should be machine laundered in hot water and machine dried on high heat for 20 minutes to destroy the mites.

As scabies is spread by close contact, it is recommended that all household members be treated with the prescription lotion.

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