Scabies is an itchy rash caused by the scabies mite burrowing into the skin and causing intense itching. Scabies is not due to poor hygiene. Nor is it due to animal mites, which do not infest humans.
The first sign may be a very itchy skin, especially after getting warm in bed.
Scabies mites mostly live on hairless parts of the body, and in adults and children they are commonest on the wrists, hands, fingers, elbows, buttocks, feet, genital areas, nipples and around the waist. On children under 2 years old they can be on any part of the body.
For information about scabies have a look at these topics on Australian Government sites
Raising Children Network
Department of Health South Australia
Better Health Channel (Victoria)
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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