Scabies

Scabies

Scabies is the reaction to the parasitic infestation of Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis. The hardly visible mites burrow into the skin and lay eggs, causing an immune response of vigorous itching. It takes four to six weeks for a reaction to occur in people who have never been infected with scabies and one to four days in those with previous exposure. Common sites for mites to burrow are in the folds and cracks of the skin, ‒ for example, the fingers and toes, bends of the knees, under the thighs, genital folds, around the nipples (in women), under fingernails, under jewelry and around the belt area

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