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Scabies is a skin problem that can cause a rash and intense itching. It is caused by very tiny bugs called mites that dig just under the skin and lay eggs. An allergic reaction to the mites causes the itching.
Scabies is usually spread by person-to-person contact. It is also possible, but not common, for scabies to spread through towels, clothes, and bedding. Everyone in your household should be treated.
Scabies is treated with medicine. Itching may last for several weeks after treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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