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Scabies is more common than you think — here's how to know if you have it

INSIDER Logo By Chelsea Greenwood of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 6: Scabies is one of those conditions that you never think you're going to get - until you do. Because it's more common than you might think. According to theWorld Health Organization, there are about 130 million cases of scabies worldwide at any given time.Caused by a microscopic mite calledSarcoptes scabiei, scabies is askininfestation, according toHealthline. The mites live and reproduce on the surface of your skin - and then burrow into your skin to lay eggs.After the mites burrow, it can take two to six weeks for symptoms to develop if you've never had scabies before, according to theAmerican Academy of Dermatology. If you have had it before, symptoms will show up within one to four days.Scabies is easy to treat, but it's also very contagious as it can spread through direct skin contact, bed linens and more, according toHealthline.So, to identify if you have scabies and to prevent from spreading it to your loved ones, read on for five ways you can tell if you have it.

Scabies is one of those conditions that you never think you're going to get - until you do. Because it's more common than you might think. According to the World Health Organization, there are about 130 million cases of scabies worldwide at any given time.

Caused by a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, scabies is a skin infestation, according to Healthline. The mites live and reproduce on the surface of your skin - and then burrow into your skin to lay eggs.

After the mites burrow, it can take two to six weeks for symptoms to develop if you've never had scabies before, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. If you have had it before, symptoms will show up within one to four days.

Scabies is easy to treat, but it's also very contagious as it can spread through direct skin contact, bed linens and more, according to Healthline.

So, to identify if you have scabies and to prevent from spreading it to your loved ones, read on for five ways you can tell if you have it.

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