These parasitic mites like to live just below the surface of your skin… particularly in warm zones like the breasts, penis, buttocks, and between the fingers to name a few.
How would I get it?
- Spread through intimate sexual and non-sexual contact with an infected partner
- The mites can also live in bedding, towels and clothing for 3 days
What symptoms could I have if I have Scabies?
- Intense night-time itching
- Reddish rash
- Lesions are usually in the hands, wrists, armpits, waist, nipples, around the belly button, and in the male genitalia
How do I get tested?
- Although skin scraping of the burrows and a Burrow Ink Test (BIT) can be helpful, most times the diagnosis is made by inspection of the affected sites.
What if I test positive?
- Medicated creams or shampoos are required for treatment
Need more info? Check out sexandu hyperlink: https://www.sexandu.ca/stis/scabies/
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