By Erick Meeks and Rue Naramore

What is It?

Scabies (SKAY beez) are tiny mites that burrow into the skin of an infected person. Scabies are spread by skin-to-skin contact.

Male and Female Symptoms

Scabies cause intense itching in the infected area.


Medicated lotion and shampoos can kill the mites. Infected individuals must wash clothes and bed linens in hot water.

If untreated

Skin damage can occur.
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