B86: Scabies

You have scabies.

Scabies is caused by certain mites. Mites are tiny, spider-like creatures. Scabies mites live as parasites on humans. They dig burrows in the upper levels of the skin so that they can lay their eggs there. You can become infected by having close skin contact lasting several minutes with an infected person. You can also become infected via used bedding or objects. In the environment, mites can live for around 48 hours. In temperatures of over 50 degrees they die after a few minutes.

Scabies can cause severe itching of the skin. Red nodules or pustules can occur. The mite burrows can be seen in the skin as short, fine lines. The mites may be identified there as a black dot.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


Provided by the non-profit organization “Was hab’ ich?” gemeinnützige GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).