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What does scabies look like?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Itchy rash: Scabies is a very itchy and annoying rash that comes from a mite that likes to burrow itself underneath the skin. It is contagious and has a predisposition for certain hidden areas of the body (such as the webs of the fingers/toes, creases under the breasts, and elbows). It can be generalized in a baby. Sometimes it can look like a little pimple or insect bite, and other times it can be crusted.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Blister,bump, line: Scabies are dark, tiny, crablike insects that burrows under the skin leaving behind waste products that eventually lead to itching. The skin finding may be a small blister, a half inch burrow (line), or bump. Involved skin can become secondarily infected by germs and produce weeping or scabed over areas.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Scabies: The skin shows signs of small insect-type bites, or looks like pimples. The skin may also be red or have sores due to scratching of the area. A burrow (a short s-shaped track that indicates the mite's movement under the skin) may also be visible. The average affected person has only five to 10 mites on their body at a time. See: http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/scabies/page3_em.Htm#scabies symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Scabies: Scabies can cause intense itching which worsens at night. There may be small burrows made by blisters & bumps in skin folds. Places you might find them include armpits, inner elbows, between fingers, feet, around buttocks, genitalia & breasts.

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