Scabies is an infestation of tiny parasitic mites and can affect any part of a person‘s skin, including on the penis. The mites spread by close, prolonged skin-to-skin touching, such as sexual .
mites, known scientifically as Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis, are microscopic parasites that burrow into the top layer of a person‘s skin. Here, they lay their eggs and cause intense itching.
The mites tend to prefer warm places, such as skin folds and the genital areas. On the penis and scrotum, they can lead to a crusted, blister-like rash developing.
In this article, we discuss what scabies is, the symptoms it causes on the penis, transmission, and risk factors. We also cover diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of scabies.
What is scabies?
Scabies is a skin infestation with tiny parasitic mites that are barely visible to the naked eye. The mites burrow into the top layer of a person‘s skin where they lay their eggs.