Scabies is a highly contagious, itchy skin condition caused by very small, wingless insects or mites called the Human Itch mite or Scabies mite. While an adult scabies mite can range in size from 0.2mm to 0.4mm, which makes it just barely large enough to be seen by the human eye, it’s nearly transparent body makes it almost impossible to see without the aid of a microscope. Also, since the Scabies mite burrows into the skin it is more likely that you will see the mite’s trail and not the actual mite itself.
The scabies mite has been recorded at least 2,500 years ago and has infested humans ever since. Any race or age, regardless of personal hygiene can be affected. There are more than 300 million cases of scabies that has occurred worldwide every year.