Scabies is caused by a mite, a tiny insect that you can see under a microscope. The females burrow their way into the skin and lay their eggs in these tunnels. The eggs hatch after three to four days. Scabies is not serious, but it does cause itching.
Scabies is easy to treat with a cream or gel. Bedding, towels and clothes should also be washed in water with a temperature of at least 60°C.
A condom doesn’t protect you against scabies. Scabies is usually passed on during close physical contact. You can also get it from sleeping in a bed belonging to someone who has scabies or by wearing that person's clothes.