Nodular scabies

Some people who have scabies will develop small, round bumps (nodules) under the affected skin. Nodules can occur in adults or children.

  • After treatment has killed all the adult mites, the itchy reddish-brown nodules may remain in covered areas such as the armpits, groin, buttocks, and the male genitals.
  • The nodules usually go away with time, but they may remain for months.

The nodules are believed to be the result of a strong allergy to the mites, their eggs, or their feces.

Last Updated: March 30, 2009

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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