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What is it?

Scabies is a skin infection caused by a mite, which enters the skin, lays an egg and lives just beneath the surface. It is not a Sexually transmitted infection. However it can be confused as one so that's why we're talking about it here.

How did I get it?

You can catch scabies by being in close body contact with an infected person.

What are the symptoms?

A rash which usually appears between the fingers, in the armpit, on the forearms, wrists, calves, backs of ankles, around the waist, hips and between the thighs.

This rash is extremely itchy and irritating especially at night.

What will it do to me?

It will not do anything serious to you, but will be uncomfortable because of the itching.

Where can I go?

GUM/Sexual Health Clinic or a Doctor.

Can it be treated?

Yes, you will be given a lotion to cover the skin all over the body from the neck down, which needs to stay on overnight. Bed linen and clothes should also be washed after treatment. The rash and irritation may last up to 7days after the treatment has finished.

It can easily pass from one person to another. So, it is important that anyone that is in close physical contact with you is treated as well. This prevents it from spreading and to stop you being infected again.

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