Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a mite that is too small to see with the naked eye. When someone is diagnosed with scabies, all of the people they live with or are in close contact with should be treated, even if they lack symptoms. ($29)

A man with scabies is scratching his arm and appears to have a very itchy rash

What causes scabies?

  • Sarcoptes scabiei mite
    • Whitish-brown, 8-legs
  • Female mites burrow under the skin and lay eggs
  • Allergic reaction to the mite, eggs and feces causes a rash and severe itching
  • Intense symptoms can be caused by only a few mites
  • Scabies can be present on skin for weeks before symptoms are noticed

What are the features of Scabies?

  • Intensely itchy rash that can disrupt sleep
  • Rash can be located anywhere on the body, but frequently is found on the fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, feet, groin, chest, and abdomen
  • Rash typically appears as small, red bumps and/or short, twisty, red or brown lines
  • Scratch marks or crusts can be seen

What can I expect?

  • This treatment is for the prevention of scabies after an exposure
  • The medication used to treat and prevent scabies is the same
  • Our online assessment will help determine if you are a good candidate for treatment
  • The recommended treatment is a cream (permethrin) that is applied to the entire body, left on for 8-14 hours (usually overnight), and then washed off
  • If you develop symptoms of scabies, you should seek an evaluation in person as soon as possible to confirm the diagnosis
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Remember, you do not need insurance or an appointment to complete your visit
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Remember to routinely check for new messages in your patient portal as this will expedite your care
  • You may message your doctor at any time after submitting your treatment request
  • Any necessary prescriptions or vaccine orders will be sent electronically to your pharmacy
  • A copy of any lab or vaccine orders can be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

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