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Scabies

Scabies (from Latin: scabere, "to scratch"), also called Norwegian scabies or colloquially the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The mite is a tiny and usually not directly visible parasite which burrows under the host's skin, causing intense allergic itching. The infection in animals other than humans is caused by a different but related mite species, and is called sarcoptic mange.

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What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with scabies, 96% report having skin rash, 71% report having itching of skin, and 26% report having skin swelling. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of scabies are skin rash, itching of skin, itchy scalp, pain in gums, and penis redness, although you may still have scabies without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with scabies often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml) and diagnostic cardiac catheterization; coronary arteriography .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with scabies include permethrin topical, hydroxyzine, lindane topical, ivermectin, terconazole topical, piperonyl butoxide topical, crotamiton topical, pyrethrins topical, lodoxamide ophthalmic, betamethasone, piperonyl butoxide-pyrethrins topical, alclometasone topical and azelaic acid topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for scabies include age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and race/ethnicity = black.

Age

< 1 years
0.5x
1-4 years
2.8x
5-14 years
2.7x
15-29 years
1.4x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
0.6x
60-74 years
0.4x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.5x
Hispanic
1.2x
White
0.8x
Other
1.1x
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