Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by a mite. It is spread from person to person by close contact, clothing and bed linen.
Scabies is characterised by itching; which starts about 3 weeks from the time of infection and is caused by mites hatching from eggs that have been laid under the skin. Areas of the body that are particularly prone to infection are the spaces of the palms and soles; the skin between fingers and toes; the wrists; the armpits and skin around the navel.
Scabies will need treatment for it to go away. Luckily this is quick and effective. The medicines commonly used being malathion liquid and permethrin dermal cream, both of which can be found in our range of scabies treatments below.