Symptoms of Scabies


General information about symptoms of Scabies: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Scabies. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Scabies. Furthermore, symptoms of Scabies may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Scabies.

List of symptoms of Scabies: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Scabies includes:

Symptoms of Scabies: What are the signs and symptoms of scabies infestation? 1

Scabies causes intense itching, which often becomes worse at night. Small red bumps or lines appear on the body at sites where the female scabies mite has burrowed into the skin to lay her eggs. The areas most commonly affected include the hands (especially between the fingers), wrists, elbows, lower abdomen, and genitals. The skin reaction may not develop until a month or more after infestation. During this time, a person may pass the disease unknowingly to a sex partner or to another person with whom he or she has close contact.2

More symptoms of Scabies: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Scabies, underlying causes of Scabies, associated conditions for Scabies, risk factors for Scabies, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Scabies: DPD
2. excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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