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1. What is scabies?
Scabies is a condition that occurs due to infestation of the skin with mites. It causes severe itching of the skin that becomes worse at night. Burrows and blisters are formed on the surface of the skin where the mites have infested.
2. How does scabies spread?
Scabies is a skin condition and can spread through direct and extended contact with an infected person. It can also spread by using the clothes, blankets and towels of infected individuals.
3. What are the symptoms of scabies?
Severe itching throughout the day, which increases at night, and little burrows consisting of blisters or tiny bumps between the folds of skin are the main symptoms of scabies.
4. How is scabies diagnosed?
Physicians generally diagnose scabies by a mere observation of the skin for marks for the signs of mite infestations. The doctor might scrap of that area of the skin to carry out further microscopic examinations to locate the mites or the eggs, thereby confirming scabies.
5. Is it possible to treat scabies?
Scabies can be treated with lotions and cream that need to be applied on the affected area for 8-10 hrs. Several oral medications that can be used for the treatment of scabies might be prescribed by the doctor.