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Scabies in Children

  • 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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