(HealthDay News) -- Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite. It can be very contagious via skin-to-skin contact, or by sharing bedding or towels with an infected person.
The itchy rash that characterizes scabies is an allergic reaction to the mite.
Here are other common symptoms, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- Itchiness, especially at night.
- Very thin, pencil-mark like lines.
- Abrasions, caused by scratching and digging at the rash.
- Small blisters.