What Is Scabies?

Scabies is a relatively common skin condition treated by urgent care physicians, and it is caused by an infestation of the human itch mite. This parasite, called Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, burrows into the upper layer of the skin to live and lay eggs. Common symptoms of scabies that lead people to visit their doctor in Atlanta include a pimple-like skin rash and intense itching.

This parasite typically spreads through prolonged and direct skin-to-skin contact with an individual who has a scabies infestation. This type of parasite affects all social classes and races and is found worldwide. However, the mite can spread more rapidly in crowded conditions in which skin contact occurs frequently. Prisons, nursing homes, and extended-care facilities are examples of locations where scabies infestations commonly occur.

If it is the first time that the person has scabies, then it can take 4 to 6 weeks for symptoms to develop. However, it is still possible to spread the parasite before any symptoms manifest. If you are diagnosed with this skin problem after visiting your doctor or local clinic, then you may be prescribed a scabicide to address the mites and their eggs.

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