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Video:What Does Scabies Look Like?

with Dr. Debra Jaliman

Scabies is an extremely itchy rash caused by a tiny mite under the skin. Learn how to recognize a scabies rash with this video.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Does Scabies Look Like?

Hi! This is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and author of "Skin Rules" here for About.com talking about scabies: What does it look like?

Recognize the Scabies Rash

First you'll have little red bumps that usually occurs in the interspace of the fingers, so the web-spaces of the fingers. You can have it on your wrists, behind the knees, on the ankles. The scabies likes to go near the blood supply. Because what is scabies? It's actually a female mite that's living under your skin that's feeding on the blood supply.

Scabies Causes Extreme Itching

It's extremely itchy. People describe it as unbearably itchy where they feel like they can't sleep at night. The mite tends to feed at night so you might find that you can't sleep at all and people come in scratching. So many times when patients come to me, I don't even see the little red bumps and in fact I just see scratch marks, so when you go to your dermatologist, you may want to show them all the areas where you're itching so they can find the area where they actually see the red bump.

Dermatologists Can Find the Scabies Mite

The dermatologist can take a scraping from that bump to look at under the microscope or actually a skin biopsy to look at under a microscope to find the female mite. The mite lays their eggs under your skin, and the body's allergic reaction to the mite and the eggs is what is causing the itching. If you need any other information, go to About.com.

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