Infants are more likely than adults to have widespread scabies infection. This is because often the scabies diagnosis is delayed or the condition is believed to be another common rash seen in children, such as eczema, dry skin, or another infection.
Infants may have the irritations on the palms of their hands and soles of the feet. While the face and scalp rarely are affected in adults, scabies symptoms on the face and scalp are more common in infants.
A more severe form of scabies that can occur is called Norwegian scabies (also known as crusted scabies). With this form, symptoms can look similar to psoriasis and include:
- Numerous blisters
- Thick crust over the skin
- Thickened, deformed nails
- Slight itching.
People with the following conditions are more likely to have Norwegian scabies symptoms:
- Down syndrome
- Brain or spinal cord conditions
- Mental conditions
- History of steroid medications
- Senile dementia
- Immunosuppressive conditions (such as HIV or AIDS).
The possible symptoms discussed in this article are not always a sure sign of scabies. Other conditions can cause some of these symptoms, including eczema, psoriasis, or other infections. If you are experiencing possible scabies symptoms, visit your healthcare provider so that the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated.