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What is it?

Scabies is caused by tiny parasitic mites which burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Scabies mites are smaller than a pinhead.

The mites that cause scabies can be found:

  • in the genital area
  • on the hands
  • between the fingers
  • on the wrists and elbows
  • underneath the arms
  • on the abdomen
  • on the breasts (around the nipples in women)
  • on the feet and ankles
  • around the buttocks

Sexual contact is one of the ways you can catch scabies. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of catching scabies and other sexually transmitted infections.