Dust mites are microscopic eight-legged critters that feed on flakes of skin and thrive in warm, humid conditions.1 Scabies mites, or Sarcoptes scabiei, are a parasite from the same family3 which burrow into the skin and lay eggs2. Both can cause allergic itching1,2,10 but only the latter gives you scabies.
House dust mite waste is one of the most common triggers of year-round allergies and lower respiratory symptoms.1 Scabies mites also cause allergic reactions10, but they affect fewer people because they’re not found in as many homes.
In this article we’ll compare dust mites with human-infesting scabies mites. We’ll look at their differences, signs and symptoms, treatment options and how to reduce contact with both.