Scabies and pediculosis: Biologic cycle and diagnosis

Ani L. Tajirian, Robert A. Schwartz

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Introduction Scabies is a common ectoparasite infection. It is caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei variety hominis. Sarcoptes is derived from the Greek work ̏sarx̋ (flesh) and ̋koptein̋ (to smile or cute) and the Latin word ̏scabere̋ (to scratch).(1) It is endemic worldwide, particularly in impoverished communities. Epidemics may be be evident during famine and war. Infestations occur when the scabies mite burrows into the skin, invading the host epidermis. The disease process is mediated through an inflammatory and allergy-like reaction to mite products, leading to intense pruritus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDermatoscopy in Clinical Practice
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond Pigmented Lesions
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781841847153
ISBN (Print)9780415468732
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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Tajirian, A. L., & Schwartz, R. A. (2009). Scabies and pediculosis: Biologic cycle and diagnosis. In Dermatoscopy in Clinical Practice: Beyond Pigmented Lesions (pp. 7-10). CRC Press.