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Scabies

Alternate Names : Sarcoptes scabiei


Definition

Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by a species of mite that is very small.

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Scabies is found worldwide among people of all groups and ages. It is spread by direct contact with infected people and less often by sharing clothing or bedding. Sometimes whole families are affected.

The mites that cause scabies burrow into the skin and deposit their eggs, forming a burrow that looks like a pencil mark. Eggs mature in 21 days. The itchy rash is an allergic response to the mite.

Pictures & Images

Scabies rash and excoriation on the hand
Scabies rash and excoriation on the hand

Scabies mite, photomicrograph
Scabies mite, photomicrograph

Scabies mite, photomicrograph of the stool
Scabies mite, photomicrograph of the stool

Scabies mite, photomicrograph
Scabies mite, photomicrograph

Scabies mite, photomicrograph
Scabies mite, photomicrograph

Scabies mite, eggs, and stool photomicrograph
Scabies mite, eggs, and stool photomicrograph

       
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Review Date : 10/11/2008
Reviewed By : Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.



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