Which parts of an adult’s body are most commonly affected by scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Lesion distribution differs in adults and children. Adults manifest lesions primarily on the following parts of the body (see the images below):

  • Flexor aspects of the wrists

  • Interdigital web spaces of the hands

  • Dorsal feet

  • Axillae

  • Elbows

  • Waist

  • Buttocks

  • Genitalia

    Erythematous papules and papulovesicles on the fle Erythematous papules and papulovesicles on the flexor wrist. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD.
    Scabies in the interdigital web spaces. Courtesy o Scabies in the interdigital web spaces. Courtesy of William D. James, MD.
    Scabies on buttocks. Courtesy of William D. James, Scabies on buttocks. Courtesy of William D. James, MD.

Pruritic papules and vesicles on the scrotum and penis in men and areolae in women are highly characteristic.


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