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One of the most common indications that a person has been infected with the mite that causes scabies is a rash. However, because rashes are possible with all sorts of medical conditions, in order to make a definitive diagnosis, a healthcare provider may take a skin scraping from an area of the rash and look at it under a microscope.
Scabies is transmitted primarily through prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. This means that a handshake or a hug won't do it. That contact is too brief. Conditions where scabies can spread rapidly include:
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Institutions.
(Click Scabies to learn more about other symptoms, treatment options, and the more severe form known as Norwegian scabies.)
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