Scabies are a tiny mite creature (bug) that burrows under the skin causing intense itching and sometimes a rash. The rash is due to an allergic reaction to the mite.

Scabies is highly contagious and is passed from person to person through close skin contact. Infestation may also occur by sharing clothing, towels, and bedding. Anyone can get scabies regardless of age, gender or standards of personal hygiene.

The tiny scabies mite prefers to burrow and lay its eggs in skin that is soft and protected. Areas such as wrists, between the fingers, folds of the armpit and elbow, the groin and the creases of the bottom are common areas.

Scabies are easily treated with gentle scrubbing of the skin followed by drying and applying permethrin cream or lotion that you can buy from pharmacies. It’s important to follow the directions on the bottle carefully.

Most pregnant women will be treated topically (lotion). Speak to your pharmacist to make sure you buy the correct lotion.