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Last updated July 15, 2022

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Care Plan

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First steps to consider

  • See a healthcare provider if you have symptoms of scabies, which include intense itching and a pimple-like rash.
  • Scabies is treated with prescription medication.

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  • Itching can be treated with OTC allergy pills and anti-itch creams like calamine lotion.

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What is scabies?

Scabies is a highly contagious infestation by the human itch mite. This microscopic mite burrows into your skin and causes an extremely itchy rash. The rash typically appears as small pink red bumps in between the fingers, on the wrists, and around the belly button.

Symptoms

Treatment

If you think you have scabies, see a dermatologist. It is treated with a topical anti-parasite medication called permethrin or an oral anti-parasite medication called ivermectin. These kill the mites and their eggs.

Your doctor may prescribe topical steroids to help with itching. The itch can last for several weeks after the mite has been treated (called post-scabetic dermatitis).

Because scabies is so contagious, wash all of your clothing and linens in hot water. Anyone you live with also needs treatment, as people can be carriers of scabies without having symptoms.

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Dr. Rothschild has been a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently practices as a hospitalist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. In 1978, Dr. Rothschild received his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and trained in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in critical care medicine. He also received an MP...
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