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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Dermatoscopy in Clinical Practice|
|Subtitle of host publication||Beyond Pigmented Lesions|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2009|
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