September 12, 2010 If you have severe itching in some area of your body, that’s often worse at night, and a rash with tiny blisters in a line or a curved track, you might have scabies. These are caused by tiny mites that get into the outer layers of your skin. They spread through close contact with someone else who has them, and, unfortunately, they won’t go away on their own. If you see these symptoms, usually occurring between the fingers, in the creases of the elbow or armpits, around the waistline or on the genitals, you’ll need to seek assistance. Consult with your dermatologist like Doctor Lawrence Jaeger of New York to get medicine. You’ll probably be given a cream, lotion or pills to cure the scabies. If you delay treatment, you are increasing the risk of spreading the problem. Lawrence Jaeger advises, when you begin treatment, you should wash any bedding, linen, towels, and clothes that the infected person was using. The parasite Sarcoptes scabiei is a tiny skin mite, almost impossible to see without a microscope. It causes a fiercely itchy skin condition known as scabies. Dermatologists estimate that more than 300 million cases of scabies occur worldwide every year. The disease can strike anyone of any race or age, regardless of personal hygiene. Scabies are not the same as body lice. The microscopic mite is a tiny, eight-legged creature with a round body. The mite burrows between the skin layers. The bodydevelops a reaction to the mite that results in severe itching; often intense enough to keep sufferers awake at night, and frequently leading to skin infections. Human scabies is almost always caught from another person, anyone who has come into close contact; it could be from a child, a friend, or another family member. Some people do react more severely than others do, and a rare infected person may hardly itch at all. Lawrence Jaeger is a Board Certified Dermatologist and treats patients at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York.