Scabies Management 5
Scabies is a parasitic disease of the skin characterised by tiny burrows papules or vesicles and intense itching. It is caused by a parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis an obligate human parasite which is approximately 0.3-0.4 mm in length and burrows under the epidermis of the skin. Burrows may be visible as a line about 5 mm in length and can occur anywhere on the body. They are most frequently identified on the hands and wrist particularly within the finger webs
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