What is it?
A parasitic mite called Sarcoptes Scabiei causes scabies. The mite burrows in the skin, especially around the hands, feet and male genitalia. It can be passed on by skin to skin and sexual contact.
What are the symptoms?
If you have scabies you may notice itchy rashes or line lines where the mites have burrowed, however you can have scabies without having any visible symptoms.
Tests and treatment
A doctor or nurse will be able to tell if you have scabies by looking at affected areas, although medication may be prescribed if scabies is suspected but not confirmed.
If scabies is diagnosed a cream or lotion should be used and clothing, bedding, etc should be washed to avoid re-infection.
What can happen if its not treated?
If not treated the mites will remain on your body, and you could risk passing them to other people.