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Introduction: Scabies is a transmittable, parasitic skin infection caused by a mite called sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies is characterized by intense itching of the tiny, red bumps or marks caused by the mites which burrow into the skin to lay their eggs. Scabies in humans is highly contagious and an infestation can require treatment for the entire family or group such as classmates and nursing home residents. Scabies in humans is not the same type of scabies that cats or dogs get, which is called mange. Although pet scabies can spread to humans, those type of mites usually die after a few days.
Since scabies can live in clothing, bedding and towels, all items that were in contact with the infected person should be washed in hot water with detergent and dried in a hot dryer.
Even though the scabies can be effectively treated with the medicated lotion, itching may persist for 1 to 3 weeks. Your doctor may recommend calamine lotion and oral antihistamines to sooth the itching.
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