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Scabies is a common skin condition that spreads easily in crowded conditions where prolonged, direct skin-to-skin contact occurs, such as in hospitals, institutions, and childcare facilities. It is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows into the skin. Common symptoms include:
 
  • A pimple-like rash on the skin
  • Intense itching
  • Scaling and redness.
 
A healthcare provider can often diagnose scabies based on this information alone. But sometimes a skin scraping may be done and looked at under a microscope to confirm this. Treatment involves medication and laundering any items that could still contain mites.
 
(Click Scabies to learn more about this condition, such as how it is not transmitted, if a home remedy is available, and other names by which it is known.)
 
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