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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


This disease is due to the mite Sarcoptes scabei; it is common all over the world.

Clinical features
There is itching between the fingers or on the buttocks or genitals where the mite burrows, and later all over the body. Secondary streptococcal infection is an important cause of glomerulonephritis in the tropics.
The diagnosis off scabies is confirmed by finding the causative mite in a burrow
Scabies is treated by a single application of gamma benzene hexachloride 1% to the whole body below the neck or by 3 daily applications of benzyl benzoate 15%.

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