Scabies is a skin infection caused by the itch mite. Typical symptoms are severe itching, red raised spots on the skin in the affected area, which is commonly the groin, penis, nipples, and the skin between the fingers.
The itch is caused by the eggs, which are buried by the female laying them in the skin. It is spread by close contact and is more common in children. The itching can set up a hypersensitivity reaction and it is important to avoid scratching at all costs.
Treatment is with a cream or solution containing benzyl benzoate, Malathion is the most common one used, and should be applied all over the body not just the affected areas and left on for 24 hours before washing off. Occasionally it is necessary to repeat the treatment if the itching persists.
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