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Transmission, symptoms and screening for scabies

How is scabies transmitted?

Scabies is caused by tiny mites (visible to the naked eye) that sink under the skin to dig furrows and lay their eggs. Scabies is spread through sexual contact with an infected person or by sharing objects such as towels, bedding or clothing.

What are the symptoms of scabies?

The following symptoms may appear 2 to 6 weeks after exposure:

  • Intense itching, especially at night
  • Skin rashes (thin grey or red lines)
  • Lesions, usually on the wrists, between fingers and toes, on the armpits and groins, on the penis, around the vulva or breasts and in other folds of the skin
  • Red, irritated or inflamed penis skin

How to get tested?

  • Skin examination by a health professional

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