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Scabies

Scabies in the groin.

Susan Lindsley / CDC

Scabies is a skin lesion caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. Microscopic insects live on the skin and can burrow into tissues to lay eggs. This causes an itchy red rash to appear. The itching tends to be worse at night.

Symptoms of scabies usually develop in areas such as between the toes, on the wrists and ankles, and in the genital area.

Sexual contact is the most common mode of transmission of scabies in sexually active youth, although scabies itself is not classified as an STD.

Scabies can also be spread by accidental contact with clothing, towels, and sheets.

Treatment usually includes topical medications such as Elimit (permethrin), Evrax (crotamiton), lindane (gammaxen), or stromectol (ivermectin) .

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