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Were you looking for information about Scabies? Scabes is a common misspelling of scabies.
Scabies is a common infection affecting people of all races and social classes. An infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabiei, the condition spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent, prolonged skin-to-skin contact between people.
Symptoms usually begin slowly, with a minor rash and itching that tends to be worse at night. From there, symptoms can progress to intense itching, scaling and redness caused by scratching, and small lumps that may remain for several weeks after treatment.
In most cases, a healthcare provider makes a scabies diagnosis by looking at the burrows or rash on the skin. Other considerations include where the rash is located, what it looks like, and the symptoms you are experiencing.
(Click Scabies for more information about this skin infestation, including how it is treated. You can also click on the links in the box to the right for more specific information on this topic.)
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