Scabies Rash: Pictures of Scabies

There was a disturbing news story last year which has some good pictures of scabies. It involved a clothing store with a sign out front they were temporary closed. It turns out that 2 employees had scabies. Since it is highly contagious and the mites can live on clothing for a few days, they closed the store to general public. However, when people called, they were told that they were closed due to remodeling. In next call, the reason was they had to close because of computer problems. You will get to see someone who had bought clothing at the store the day it was closed and hear reaction to this.


One thing that disturbed her was since it takes 4-6 weeks to know if you were infected, it is a very long time period to be in anxiety. This is why she discarded the clothing. I’m not sure why she didn’t return it, but perhaps she just didn’t want more contact with it or to put it back in her car.

Scabies can be successfully treated by using a prescription pesticide cream. However, the scabies rash can be a nuisance if people in the family don’t also use the cream or if the cream is not applied correctly (ie also applied in nail bed). You also have to remember to wash the bedding and clothing worn recently in hot water and put in hot dryer. Some people will put on a mattress cover to assure more safety in case the mites have gotten inside the mattress. Washing floors with clorox and being conscious of places you’ve touched is important. It is frustrating since these are invisible so the process of eradicating them takes some careful thinking. If you do know that your child may have picked up scabies in school, be sure that there is information that parents need their children to have treatment so that the mites are not passed back and forth. Kids touch hands constantly during recess, sharing phones and exchanging bracelets.

Scabies Pictures

Also, people can develop a rash after using the cream and some call this post-scabies eczema. This can be confusing as you worry that you were re-infected when in fact it is a reaction to the cream. The photos and pictures of scabies rash images can also be distorted due to fact people scratch themselves, so this adds extra red marks due to itching. People look for pictures of people with scabies on the internet in order to compare their own situation but due to fact that there may be pimples, bacterial infections and different types of lesions it is hard to judge this way. It is possible that you have an allergic rash or contact dermatitis instead. Pics of scabies images are not identical to each other since norwegian scabies are crusted and may look quite dissimilar from less severe cases. If you can see the burrow that is made by the mite that may be useful, but it is so thin that it is very hard to see and not always visible to even a trained eye. Remember, that it is thinner than a hair so scabies pictures really can be difficult to see. I’ve received e-mails from readers who have looked at online images with a magnifying glass and later found out they had eczema or an allergic rash after losing sleep for a week.

Psychology can also effect our minds. I spoke with a nurse at an assisted living facility where I worked and she told me that after she saw patients with the scabies rash she felt itchy for days. She wore gloves and was using hand sanitizers and knew she didn’t catch it but could not stop feeling itchy. She recommends people don’t obsess with scabies pics on the net to avoid feelings of panic. Often one has contact dermatitis from a completely different source.

This ebook has been recommended by a regular reader of this blog when he had scabies. He said it was a very difficult time for him but it helped to sort things out and give a natural approach. Many countries use natural ingredients to combat this problem though in the US, the gold standard is elimite or the five percent permethrin cream. Here are some other approaches:

Natural Cure for Scabies

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23 Responses to “Scabies Rash: Pictures of Scabies”

  1. It is good to see a picture of scabies because I wasn’t sure. My ex-boyfriend thought he had a scabies rash because he had little red pimples on his right hip. Will I get it? I heard the scabies cream lotion is a pesticide and I am against pesticides.

  2. Reply to Leanne R. If you don’t want scabies, which you probably have, if your boyfriend does. Suck it up and use the cream, oh well if its a pesticide.I would use almost anything to rid my skin of bugs as quick as possible. If its mild enough for use on small children and babies, then I think my adult body can handle it!!!

  3. I am sure poor countries can’t afford expensive prescriptions so maybe that natural approach book does work because what do they use in other countries to get rid of the bugs? Did that person tell you what is in the book about the natural cure for scabies?

  4. DO you know if scabies treatment ivermectin works instead of the cream? Is there a over the counter scabies treatment you can get without a prescription like for lice?

  5. I had the scabies rash and I got the infection from my DOG. yep you heard me my dog, all these websites that says you cannot get this from your pet has lost their mind. Me nor my girlfriend had this crap before we got the mangy chihuahua puppy, we had the pup for a week b4 we knew she had Sarcoptic Mange caused by the Sarcoptes Scabiei mite which happens to be the same mite that causes Scabies in humans. You cannot nor will not get rid of those bugs with lice cream it is not strong enough!!! I was prescribed Elimite 5(generic is 5% permethrin cream in a 60gm tube) and it costed $34 for it. I immediately went home that afternoon and rubbed down from neck to toe in this cream and my girlfriend did the same eventhough she didn’t have the rash….we took the sheets off the bed and washed them in hot water everyday for 3 days straight, washed every last stich of laundry that we had worn in the past 2-3 days in hot water. Sprayed the couch and chair and bed mattress down with the lice bedding spray containing permethrin as advised by pharmicist and went one step further by spraying and vacuuming my carpets and immediately throwing away the bag…..this is a creepy infection to have and the itching does not stop immediately. I have found one comfort and am drying up the pimple like sores as well by rubbing down in 91% rubbing alcohol after showers. It relieves the itching slightly and aids in the healing of the sores as well. Good Luck to everyone in this battle and I hope to never get this stuff again.

  6. I got scabies from my job. My four children also got the nasty thing. It is horrible. I do not wish this on anyone. Good luck to anyone with this. The only advice I have is to wash everything and clean everything that you even think you touched or came into contact with.

  7. My children have both gotten scabies ( I’m not sure where?) We hav recently been on a cruise ( about a month ago) so it’s possible they were infected with hotel bed sheets etc…HOWEVER my daughter did have scabies in August and we treated her with 5% permethrin cream as well as the whole family at the time- now it’s almost 5 months since - is it possible we never got rid of them in the first place??? I find it odd how both my kids developed the same rash on the exact same day..does anyone have any thoughts

  8. My son got scabies from his day care but no one else in house got it. My wife is a fanatic about hand gel and cleaning so maybe that helped it from spreading between all of us. The itching rash though was really not fun for our son and we didn’t want him on antihistamines during the day.

  9. I know what you mean about the dog giving humans scabies. My daugter, granddaughter and I all have this crap! We went to the Dr. and received the news and our precription. We were told by the Dr. that regardless of what we’ve read or been told…you can not get scabies from anything other than human! I do not agree at all. Only
    until we adopted a pup who’s mother had the mange and the pup develoed the mange. The pup was the culprit….

  10. I have a roommate that might have scabies …i try to look up picture and i found one that kindof looks like it …
    but many that don’t …
    Can everyone help me ..????? by telling any sign or thing to look out for …..Thanks

  11. There are two types of scabes. The normal kind that is passed from person to person and you can get it from contaminated bed sheets. This type sticks around and you have to get a Rx from your doctor. You can also get a different type from dogs that are infected with certain types of Mange. The dog version is different and doesn’t last because the mite cant’ reproduce in a human host, then it dies off on its own.

  12. These comments are very informative. Thank you so much for sharing your story. My son had been infected by this very annoying skin problem. We went to see a doctor and has been precribed to used NIX and like any other pesticides everyone in the family has to used it and he is the only one that have the rashes.or have the side effect probably. We have to do the same way like the others everyday washed all beddings and towels and every laundry with hoy water and dry it with very hot temp. After few days we countinue to do it but I also used Tea Tree oil to dry the skin. I am not so sure if this helps with the cure but definitely it helps my son. And we all apply it as well. Recently my son develops these rashes again and he was diagnose with exzema this time, I religiously apply it as directed but now I feel that I am starting to feel itchy. I will start to apply Tea tree Oil and I will let you know if this works for real.

  13. Also in between my fingers & a finger nail became bruised.please help

  14. I have had scabies for about 2-3 months now, and I’m going crazy, even thoughts of suicide. My mother and girlfriend have now has gotten scabies is also suffering. We went to the doc and got a script for Permethrin cream, we have been cleaning all our sheets and any laundry recently worn. I hope to God ths helps! I cannot take this much longer. If your out there and you have scabies, I truely feel sorry for you and I know your pain. I am only 17 and I start training soon for the marines. I hope this disease/rash doesn’t effect my career.

  15. My ex husband had Scabies a few yrs ago. Now its been about 3 months since my Ex & my son came back from camping with cub scouts & both broke out in a rash! 2 Drs say scabies & prescribed permathrin. Treatment & cleaning has been done but my son seems to keep flaring up with this welpy rash. Please help what should I do. 3 other drs say its not scabies so what could it be?

  16. i stayed one night at a travel inn and got scabies around my waist first, then inside my leg’s, below my brest and not slowly under my chin. the itch is awful. i have been takeing permethrin it helps for a while, but the itch does start again, and the rash looks awful also, just want it gone. couldn’t even go to my family’s re-union and that sucks

  17. my brother has got skabies and it is painful

  18. Hi i have been told i have scabies and i have the rash and everything i have put on the cream over night and washed it off in the morning and have been told i have to wait a week till i put another lot on how long will it take to go because it looks like its getting worse and i cant go near the people i like to be around

  19. i found out that i had scabies months ago… i been battling this problem for about three months… My doctor prescibed me permethrin cream which seems to work but some how, i keep getting re infected with it.. I did everything to get rid of it…. i washed and dried all my clothes, vacuumed everything i touched (literally), shampooed the carpets, and i even treated my car. I sprayed permethrin spray in my car and i vacuumed it out.. i put trash bags on the seats just in case.. I also used neem oil, sulfur soap, and tree tea oil shampoo.. None of this is working. Some how it keeps coming back.. I literally isolated myself from society until i know im over it and that im not getting it from someone im around.. This is one of the worst things i ever had to go through in my life. These things just wont die! Its to the point that im about to lose my mind. I can definetly feel everyones pain. Good luck to everyone.

  20. Ok so it’s been about 3 months since I started itching and the more I look around the more I’m getting convinced I have scabies. But none of the pictures look like mine or anything. I’ve been using a benadryl gel after I shower and it has helped with the itching at night and I actually get some sleep. I haven’t gone to the doc because I’m waiting on my parents. another thing it’s been 3 months and none of my family members have gotten infected. It’s just me and my dad. Can anyone help?

  21. I caught scabies from my dog in December. My husband is an ER physician. I went to 3 dermatologists and one internists. In January I told the dermatologist and my Dr. husband that I thought I had scabies. They both said ‘absolutely not’. It did not look like scabies. The dermatologist put me on steroids and anti-histamines.
    The internist put me on anti-fungal meds and gave me a ridiculous (yeast, sugar, gluten, dairy free) diet. I was so desperate, I did anything that they suggested. After 3 months of suffering and many different diagnoses, my husband began to itch. Now the dermatologist says I have scabies. I am so upset that I suffered for 3 months needlessly. My dog was also misdaignosed by the vet. The vet treated his itching with antibiotics and steroids which of course had no affect.

  22. I have had a terrible, itchy rash on my shins since November 2014. Prior to this, I’ve never had anything like it in my life. I have not been able to totally get rid of it, but I have found ways to keep it under control and to stop the itch completely. I soak in an Epson salt bath for at least 20 minutes before bed, then I apply a generous amount of 91% alcohol on the area. Nothing else that I’ve tried works better than this (cortisone cream, antihistamines, and dozens of prescription anti-itch/steroid creams did NOT work). I apply another generous amount of 91% alcohol (70% is not effective) in the morning after showering. During the time that I still had the itch, I carried a small bottle of the alcohol with me during the day and would use it when needed. This burns a bit at first, but then the itch goes away. Today I use oil of oregano diluted with olive oil during the day. Like I said, the itch is completely gone–and I was at the point where the itch was absolutely unbearable. What I’m still dealing with is a red patch of flaky skin that will not go away on one leg. It is getting slightly smaller over time, but obviously not fast enough. My other leg has completely healed.

    This terrible thing started when my adult son moved in with his two terriers several weeks before the rash outbreak. I happen to have thyroid disease and diabetes, and both of these conditions cause severe rashes on the shins (my rash has only been on my shins). However, I’ve had these diseases for years and never had a rash. I saw a doctor in December 2014 who said she thought the rash was from scabies. She also told me that I could NOT get scabies from dogs–even though this horrible plague happened just weeks after the dogs moved in. She also told me that my husband would probably get them, but he never did, and also she said they would probably spread to other parts of my body, and that did not happen either. I found out recently that this doctor could have taken a skin scraping for a lab to check for the mites and/or mite eggs under a microscope, which would have shown whether or not my condition was actually scabies, but she didn’t think of it. I read about this on the internet. Another doctor that I saw in January 2015 said she had no idea what it was. Awesome. My next steps are to find a dermatologist who will take a skin scraping to send to a lab so I can get a real diagnosis. If it is actually scabies, then I will fumigate my house and wash everything in hot water and use a hot drier.

  23. I have had a terrible, itchy rash on my shins since November 2014. Prior to this, I’ve never had anything like it in my life. I have not been able to totally get rid of it, but I have found ways to keep it under control and to stop the itch completely. I soak in an Epson salt bath for at least 20 minutes before bed, then I apply a generous amount of 91% alcohol on the area. Nothing else that I’ve tried works better than this (cortisone cream, antihistamines, and dozens of prescription anti-itch/steroid creams did NOT work). I apply another generous amount of 91% alcohol (70% is not effective) in the morning after showering. During the time that I still had the itch, I carried a small bottle of the alcohol with me during the day and would use it when needed. This burns a bit at first, but then the itch goes away. Today I use oil of oregano diluted with olive oil during the day. Like I said, the itch is completely gone–and I was at the point where the itch was absolutely unbearable. What I’m still dealing with is a red patch of flaky skin that will not go away on one leg. It is getting slightly smaller over time, but obviously not fast enough. My other leg has completely healed.

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