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Definition of Scabies

Scabies: Infestation of the skin by the human itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei. The initial symptom of scabies are red, raised bumps that are intensely itchy. A magnifying glass will reveal short, wavy lines of red skin, which are the burrows made by the mites. Treatment is with any of several scabicide medications.


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