Scabies is an itchy rash caused by mites. It’s spread through close skin contact, and anyone can get it. It isn’t serious but should be treated quickly to stop it spreading. 

The symptoms of scabies are:

  • intense itching, especially at night
  • a raised rash or spots

The spots may look red. They are more difficult to see on brown or black skin, but you should be able to feel them.

It’s spread through close contact and is very infectious so everyone in the household with someone who has the infection will need to be treated.

Treatment is available from a pharmacy or GP for children under 2 years old.  As well as treatment clothes and bedding also need to be washed at 50O as soon as treatment starts.

More information about scabies

Scabies - NHS

Scabies factsheet

Scabies factsheet in Romanian

Scabies factsheet in Arabic

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