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Scabies Picture

Scabies is an intensely pruritic and highly contagious infestation of the skin caused by a mite affecting humans and other animals. Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis is the etiologic agent causing human scabies. It lives its entire life on the human host. A variant of scabies is canine scabies, in which humans become infected from pets, mainly dogs. Canine scabies (i.e., mange) causes patchy loss of hair and itching in affected pets.  Below you can se a picture of the scabies mite.




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Scabies Mite Picture

This is a photomicrograph of the scabies mite. They burrows into the skin, depositing both eggs and feces. A scabies infestation causes intense itching (pruritus) which leads to scratching and damage of the skin (excoriation). If left untreated, the infestation may last for years, and has been called the "seven year itch".


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