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Scabies Rash Picture - Discover what a Scabies Rash Looks Like


Scabies rash picture
Scabies rash picture of infant with putules and nodules on the leg.

Though most rashes in children are harmless and usually resolve on their own scabies is definately not one of them.

If you have never seen someone with scabies before it can be very difficult to identify a scabies rash in children.

As a parent you may fail to recognize this contagious skin disease. Scabies is often mistaken for eczema or contact dermatitis.

If you are afraid your child has got scabies have a look at the scabies rash pictures on this page to see what a scabies mite and scabies rash look like.



What do scabies look like?

scabies picture


The scabies parasite or Sarcoptes scabiei is a little creature of only 0.4 mm long.

This means he is not visible without a microscope.


So how can this little creature cause so much trouble? To start with  the female mite burrows her scabies eggs (about 25) under the skin.

After about 3 days her larvae hatch and it only takes those larves another 14 to 17 days to become adult mites.


Scabies life cycle picture


Transmission of scabies

How can your children get scabies?

Scabies has nothing to do with poor hygiene but is spread by close skin to skin contact like holding hands or sleeping in the same bed.

Normally quick skin contact is not enough for somebody to contract scabies. But if you hold hands with someone with scabies for more that 5 to 10 minutes the chance of transmission is very high.

Human Scabies.
Your child can not get scabies from your cat or dog simply because it is a different kind of mite that can not thrive on human skin.

Scabies can also be spread by contaminated bedding, towels and clothes. Children should not go to day care or school until they are treated to prevent transmission to other children.


Scabies skin rash

The first signs of scabies are usually little red bumps, pustules and nodules.

This scabies skin rash itches very much due to the allergic reaction to the burrowed mites. Sometimes you can see tiny grey tracks on the skin where the burrowed mites are.

The rash usually starts in the body folds, hands and wrists but babies and little children may also show a rash on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and on the scalp or back of the neck.

Other symptoms an infant infected with the human scabies mite may have:

  • Irritability.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Tiredness.

The symptoms are mostly due to the terrible itching that for some reason is worse at night.

If other family members have the same symptoms it is very likely you have to deal with a scabies infection. We often see that the intense scratching causes secondary skin infections with bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus.

Sites of scabies



What is the incubation period of scabies?

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The first symptoms of scabies can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to start. This how long it takes before the body shows an alergic reaction to the mite's saliva, eggs or faeces.

That does not mean that during this period the person can not infect another person. If you have been infected with scabies before the symptoms may show much quicker, usually within a week.



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