Conditions + Treatments

Scabies in Children

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Overview

Scabies is an infestation of mites. These tiny insects leave small red bumps that cause intense itching. The mites burrowing into the skin where they lay eggs that hatch a few days later cause the itching.

  • Scabies is highly contagious; it spreads from close personal contact.
  • It occurs mostly in children and young adults.
  • Treatment includes antibiotic creams.
  • If one member of your family has it, your entire family will most likely be treated as well.
  • All clothing and bedding should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer.
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