The scabies itch, or rash, which is the most telling of the scabies symptoms, is often severe and is usually worse at night and while bathing. Visible scabies symptoms include a rash and bumps between the fingers, inside the wrists, elbows, or knees. Other scabies symptoms show in the skin creases of the buttocks and groin, around the navel and nipples (especially in women). Scabies symptoms will also manifest on the feet, and on external genitalia as seen in the scabies pictures on this site.
One of the scabies symptoms is bumps in the skin, these bumps contain nests for hatching and growing mites. They can become inflamed, crusty, and hard, and can persist for weeks after treatment. The burrows may appear as short, zigzag, grayish lines under the skin. Scabies is a local infection with no known systemic complications. The itching and rash (scabies symptoms) will intensify and spread without treatment. Scratching the rash area often produces secondary bacterial infection, pus-filled lesions, and cracks in the skin (scabies symptoms).
Scabies is an infection of the skin caused by mites and manifest itself with scabies symptoms when these mites dig beneath the surface of the skin and lay their eggs, causing the rash. Therefore, your skin feels very itchy and you have red bumps and blisters on the skin, some of the most common scabies symptoms. This disease is very common, especially in places which are used by many people, like hospitals and nursing homes.
To get scabies you must have contact with someone with scabies. Brief contact with an infected person is not sufficient to contact scabies, but if you live in the same house with someone who has a scabies rash, or have sex with this person, and there is visible scabies symptoms, you can contract scabies. Infection is also possible by contact with infected clothing, bedding or towels. The scabies mite cannot live more than a few days without a host.
To contract scabies, you need to have come in contact with an infected person. Anyone can become infected, regardless of their status or ethnic origin. However, it is much more common in people living in a common house, like a shelter, or who have regular contact with children and babies.
Scabies symptoms, or the scabies rash, will usually become noticeable within four weeks, sometimes quicker, sometimes longer, depending on the person. If you had scabies before, the scabies symptoms may appear faster than two days. The most common scabies symptoms are itching, especially at night, and appear as a rash of red bumps. (See Scabies Pictures)
Treatment of your Scabies Symptoms
The treatment of your scabies symptoms is very easy with the right help from your doctor. If you do not treat the scabies symptoms, the rash may continue for months. Scabies rash treatment consists mainly with the application of a cream or lotion to the affected areas of the infection, or the rash. In applying this cream it is necessary to apply it from the neck down, paying attention to rash areas. Also, pay special attention to the knees, elbows and wrists, for those parts of the body are the most common areas affected by the scabies, or your scabies symptoms will persist.
Diagnosis of scabies symptoms
Diagnosis of scabies symptoms is made by a physical examination. Scabies symptoms, or lesions can be scraped to obtain a sample of tissue, which is mixed with potassium hydroxide (KOH) and examined under a microscope for eggs, feces, and mites. This test confirms the diagnosis and rules out other skin diseases that cause itching and can confirm scabies symptoms.