Scabies: Don’t ignore the itch

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Scabies: Don’t ignore the itch

Carmen Pope

Scabies is caused by a tiny mite called Sarcoptes scabiei [Image: Arthur Goldstein, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Healthcare Handbook technical editor Carmen Pope discusses the presentation and treatment of scabies, an intensely itchy but curable condition

STEPH BRINGS IN HER 15-year-old son, Hudson, who she says can’t stop itching. He says it started a few weeks after school camp, and you notice he has

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