Scabies

Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin.

They feed using their mouths and front legs to burrow into the outer layer of skin (epidermis), where they lay eggs.
After three to four days, the baby mites (larvae) hatch and move to the surface of the skin, where they mature into adults.

Scabies like warm places, such as skin folds, between the fingers, under fingernails, or around the buttock or breast creases. They can also hide under watch straps, bracelets or rings.

For more information on scabies, please download this leaflet.