Scabies, just like head lice, is not a disease or an infection, it is an infestation. We talk about scabies infestation just like we talk about lice infestation. What is scabies? They are tiny mites that are located in the outer layers of our skin. The skin reacts to this infestation, and as the mites burrow and lay eggs inside the skin, this leads to very severe itching and rash symptoms.

Here are a few pictures of scabies:

Scabies rash on the abdomen

 

Pimple like rash between fingers

 

Scabies infestation on a hand before treatment

Credit: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Other good scabies pictures can be found here: