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Scabies is an itchy skin ailment caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a small burrowing mite. Itching is severe in the region where the mite burrows. The need to itch may be particularly severe at night.

It is infectious and can spread swiftly in a household, child nursery, school class, nursing facility, or jail through close physical contact. Because scabies is extremely infectious, doctors frequently urge that whole families or contact groups be treated.

Scabies is easily treatable. Scabies mites and their eggs are killed by medications applied to the skin. However, you may have irritation for several weeks following therapy.


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