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What is Scabies?

Scabies are caused by tiny mites which burrow into the skin. It is a contagious skin condition. And can be passed from one person to another by sexual or ski to skin body contact with an infected person. It can also be passed by sharing bedding, clothing and towels with an infected person.

Scabies can be found in the genital area, hands, between fingers, under the arms, on the breasts, around the nipples in women, wrist, elbows, feet, ankles around the buttock area


Symptoms can take up to six to eight weeks to appear. You may experience intense itching in affected areas especially after a hot bath or shower.

Testing and treatment for Scabies

If you or your partner(s) have genital scabies you can visit a Genitourinary Clinic (GUM), Sexual Health Clinic or your GP who will look at the affected area and provide treatment (usually a cream or lotion) if Scabies is suspected.

You should avoid sexual intercourse (including vaginal, anal and oral sex) and any close bodily contact until you and your partner(s) have completed the full course of treatment to avoid re-infection and passing on to others.

Scabies will not go away unless treated.

Further information can be found at:
NHS Choices


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