Scabies or sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin. The worldwide prevalence is estimated to be 100 million people, including hundreds of thousands of cases in the US. The itchy condition is generally easy to treat using topical or oral medications, but the symptoms can be irritating or even painful, depending on how long the mites are allowed to spread before treatment begins.
The main symptom of scabies is itching, though the sensation varies in severity from person to person. The itching may not also directly relate to the location of the mites, and often begins in a focused location and spreads outward. Because the scabies mites are most active at night, the itching can disrupt sleep. Doctors often recommend cool or lukewarm baths to relieve this symptom.
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