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Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by a mite, known as the Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrows under the skin and produces small red bumps(looking like small pimples), causing severe itching.
People are more likely to get scabies are those who:
Intense scratching can lead to scratch marks, scab formation or a secondary infection like staphylococcus or beta- haemolyticus, through broken skin.
Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission.
It is caused by infestation of skin by a mite, sarcoptes scabiei. They lays their eggs and burrow into the skin to produce intense itching, which tends to be worse at night.
Most cases of scabies can be confirmed just by close examination of skin. No additional test is required to make the diagnosis.