Scabies: Overview

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 the wrists, between fingers, underarms, around nipples, penis, scrotum, buttocks or thighs. Differential diagnosis includes other infestations (head lice, pubic lice, etc.), and other causes of rash or itch. Treatments include topical skin creams, along with treatment of any other household members or sexual partners, and laundering of all bedclothes and other possible sites of re-infection.

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