Tiny mites lay eggs in the skin, leaving lines with a dot at one end.
The rash can appear anywhere, but it often starts between the fingers.
The rash may then spread and turn into tiny spots. This may look red on lighter skin.
The rash may leave dark spots on the skin. This may look brown or black on darker skin.
Crusted scabies, or Norwegian Scabies, is a rare but more severe form of the condition, where a large number of mites are in the skin. In crusted scabies, the increase in the number of mites causes thick, warty crusts to develop on the skin. Unlike normal scabies, the rash associated with crusted scabies usually doesn't itch. Crusted scabies is more likely to develop in older people and those with a lowered immunity.
The usual treatment is either a cream containing permethrin or a lotion containing malathion. These will kill the mites.
A pharmacist can recommend the correct treatment, or it can be prescribed by a GP. You should tell the pharmacist if the treatment is for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or babies under six months old.
How To Stop Scabies Spreading
As well as skin treatments, the following practical advice will help to prevent scabies spreading.
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