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more about Scabies


  • Scabies is an infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei.  Infections occur when newly fertilized female mites are transferred from person-to-person through close contact.  Crowded, unclean conditions and sexually promiscuity increase the risk of contracting scabies.  Medical personnel are also at increased risk of infection.

  • Severe itching of the infected area
  • Blisters or scabbed blisters in runs or burrows on finger webs, the heel of palms, and wrist creases
  • Small red raised lesions on the penis shaft

  • Scrapings of lesion are viewed under a microscope.  The presence of mites, ova (eggs), or feces confirms the diagnosis.
  • Burrow ink test involves ink being placed on the burrow and then scraped.  The mite, ova, and feces can be seen under the microscope.

  • Bedding and clothing should be cleaned and set aside for 48 hours.
  • A one-time application of Permethrin 5% cream for 8 to 12 hours is recommended.  This regimen is safe and effective.
  • Lindane cream is more toxic than Permethrin and may pose dangerous side effects in children due to potential neurotoxicity.
  • Benzyl benzoate lotion may also be applied
  • Corticosteroids may be used for dermatitis (Skin Inflammation) that are caused by scabies.

  • Pediculosis (lice)

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