How quickly does scabies spread acros...

How quickly does scabies spread across body?

Posted in the Scabies Forum


San Francisco, CA

#1 Jun 14, 2012
I developed a pinprick type of itchy rash about 20 days ago. It started on my torso and quickly spread across my body in a matter of days. The little bumps weren't present until I scratched my skin but now I'm covered in little goosebump dots. Does scabies spread this quickly?

I do not have any of the classic burrow presentations and I've looked very closely. I also do not have bumps in my finger webs except for one between my thumb and index finger. I've had a few on the palms of my hands. About the only places on me that is not covered in red bumps are my shoulders and calves. My neck doesn't have bumps but is very itchy.

Due to my very sensitive skin, I am hesitant to use permethrin if this is not scabies. I have had this type of rash in the past but it has never spread so severely and has never been this itchy. To me this seems more like an allergy. Any thoughts?
nick carter

Kent, OH

#2 Jun 14, 2012
do you live in area that has birds?

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jun 14, 2012
nick carter wrote:
do you live in area that has birds?
I live in a city. We have pigeons but I'm not really around any.
over it

East Maitland, Australia

#4 Jun 14, 2012
When I first was diagnosed with scabies I had an extensive rash too, all over my body. Took about a week to be like that. I had no notable burrows either but I think it was the allergic reaction that made them indiscernable. I have had outbreaks since with less 'redness' and hives that made the burrows obvious but I moisturise frequently, eat well and avoid stress now. I have sensitive skin too, I am allergic to nickel and scabies gives me the same itch. Before you treat yourself try to see a doctor!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Scabies Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Do scabies get in your throat? (Nov '10) 42 min Kaie tylor- 53
The search for Scabies FACTS brought me here ... 2 hr EP Endlessly Perp... 3
Does this sound like scabies or eczema to you? 2 hr Down South 2
How did I get rid of scabies in three seconds (Oct '11) Wed Rene O 612
Cold water makes scabies exit skin (Aug '14) Tue Guapo4life 17
Scabies in my mouth? May 21 ThinkPositiveAZ 3
Take it to the next level: Albendazole and Praz... (Jul '13) May 21 Pmwelch07 58