Scabies is a contagious skin infestation due to mites. You can catch scabies from direct contact with another infected person (ordinary skin contact or sexual contact), or from infected towels, bedclothes, etc. Symptoms include itch and a rash that often looks like wavy lines. Common locations of the rash are ...

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Introduction: Scabies

Human scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most ...1

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Symptoms of Scabies

CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Symptoms occur 2-6 weeks after a person is first infested. However, if someone has had scabies before, symptoms appear much sooner (1-4 days after exposure). Conventional scabies is characterized by intense itching, particularly at night, and ...2

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Complications of Scabies

Possible Complications: The intense itching of scabies leads to scratching that can lead to skin sores. The sores sometimes become infected with bacteria on the skin, such as Staphylococcus aureus or beta-hemolytic streptococci. Sometimes the bacterial skin infection can ...3

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Causes of Scabies

INFECTIOUS AGENT: The human itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. ...Source: CDC Yellow Book 20164 ...

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Causes List for Scabies

Some possible causes of Scabies or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Scabies

Some types of this condition may include:6 Types of scabies:

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Diagnosis of Scabies

DIAGNOSIS: Scabies is generally diagnosed by identifying burrows in a patient with itching and by observing the characteristic rash. Diagnosis can be confirmed by microscopically identifying mites, mite eggs, or mite feces; however, microscopic identification of mites is far less ...7

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Risk Factors for Scabies

Scabies occurs worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies ...8

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Treatments: Scabies

TREATMENT: Permethrin (5%) cream is considered by many to be the drug of choice. Ivermectin is reported to be safe and effective to treat scabies. Ivermectin is not FDA-approved for scabies but should be considered for off-label use ...9

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Prevention of Scabies

PREVENTION: Avoid prolonged skin-to-skin contact with people who have conventional scabies and even brief skin-to-skin contact with people who have crusted scabies. Contact with items such as clothing and bed linens that have been used by ...10

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  1. Source: CDC Parasites: parasites/ scabies/ 
  2. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/ scabies
  3. Source: CDC Parasites: parasites/ scabies/ disease.html
  4. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/ scabies
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Disease Ontology
  7. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/ scabies
  8. Source: CDC Parasites: parasites/ scabies/ 
  9. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/ scabies
  10. ibid.

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