What is Scabies?

Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites which burrow into the skin.

How do I know I’ve got it?

Your skin is usually very itchy, often with a rash.

How do you get it?

From contact with someone who has scabies.

Where can I get diagnosed and treated?

  • Your GP
  • Sexual Health clinic
  • Pharmacy

What is the treatment?

  • A lotion is used all over the body, from the neck downwards
  • Follow the directions given regarding the time to keep it on
  • Wash all clothes, towels and bedlinen at 50c
  • Avoid close contact with others until you have been treated
  • The itch often stays for a while after treatment has been given

Sexual partners

It is essential that close contacts and your sexual partner(s) are examined and treated if required.


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