Symptoms typically appear 2–6 weeks after infestation for individuals never before exposed to scabies. For those having been previously exposed, the symptoms can appear within several days after infestation.
- Tiny, red lumps on the fingers, hands, wrists, armpits, upper back, groins, genitals, buttocks and toes.
- Gray or red lines on the skin (burrows where the mites lay their eggs).
- Intense, generalised itch, which is often worse at night.
- Sores and scabs due to scratching.
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What you can do
- Consult a doctor if you suspect scabies.
- Apply anti-scabies lotion available from pharmacies from below the neck to the soles of the feet, avoid getting it into your eyes. Leave the lotion for 24 hours, then wash off thoroughly. Repeat the treatment for 2 more days.
- For neonates or small infants, an 8 to 10 hours application may be sufficient.
- Wash an infested person's clothes, bed linen, and towels thoroughly in hot water.
Avoid direct contact with any person who has scabies. Do not share or use an infected person's belongings such as clothes, bed linen, or towels. If you come in direct contact with the infested person, apply anti-scabies lotion even if you do not have the symptoms.