Some people will not have any visible signs or symptoms at all, or may not be aware of them.
It can take up to six weeks after coming into contact with scabies before signs and symptoms appear. You might notice:
- Intense itching in the affected areas which may only be noticed at night, or which becomes worse in bed at night or after a hot bath or shower.
- An itchy red rash or tiny spots. Sometimes the diagnosis can be difficult because the rash can look like other itchy conditions, such as eczema.
- Inflammation or raw, broken skin in the affected areas – usually caused by scratching.
Scabies mites are very tiny and impossible to see with the naked eye. Fine silvery lines are sometimes visible in the skin where mites have burrowed.