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Were you looking for information about Scabies? Scabbies is a common misspelling of scabies.
Scabies is a common skin infection caused by an infestation with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person already infested. Symptoms of scabies usually begin with a minor rash and itching; scratching spreads the mites to other areas, causing scaling and redness, pimple-like irritations, and sores on the skin. Treatment involves certain prescription medications that kill the mites and eggs. Medicine can also be prescribed for the itching that may continue after the mites are killed.
(Click Scabies to learn more about how scabies is spread, what symptoms may occur, and how the condition is diagnosed. You can also click on the various links in the box to the right to access specific topics on scabies.)
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