Humans contract skin mites through direct skin-to-skin contact for a prolonged time with a person who is infected with mites or through contact with an infested object such as upholstered furniture, bedding or a towel, explains the American Academy of Dermatology. People can also become infected with skin mites from contact with animals who have mites.
Skin mites cause itching and are especially contagious when the bites crust over, explains the American Academy of Dermatology. Symptoms may not appear in affected individuals for two to six weeks.
People get scabies once the mite burrows into an area of the skin and produces sores, according to WebMD. Common symptoms include a pimple-like rash, blisters or scales on the skin, intense itching, and sores that are caused by constant scratching. Skin mites develop most commonly in the folds of the wrist, elbow or knee, above the navel and waistline, between the fingers, and on the breasts or genitals. Young children are more prone to skin mites that infest on the palms, soles, face, neck and palms.
Skin mites, a form of scabies, can affect anyone, but children, mothers of young children, residents of nursing homes and sexually active young adults are especially susceptible, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. A weakened immune system can increase a person's risk of getting scabies, too.