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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is scabies?

A highly contagious disease caused by Scabies mites. It can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, or contact with the clothes/furniture of infected persons.

Symptoms of scabies

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Skin abnormality

  • Skin is broken from scratching

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • There is a net-like or circular rash on parts of my skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for scabies

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose scabies

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Does your skin get really itchy at night?

  • Do you have skin redness over the whole body?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Did you scratch your skin?

Treatment for scabies

Anti-mite lotion and anti-itch tablets can be given. The lotion may need to be applied on the whole body and left for half a day. Because scabies is very infectious, family members may need to be treated, even if they do not have symptoms. Clothes and bedding should be washed in hot water of 50 degrees celsius and above.

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