Journal article

Scabies: A clinical update

Myra Hardy, Daniel Engelman, Andrew Steer

AfP | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Scabies is a common, yet neglected, skin disease. Scabies occurs across Australia, but most frequently in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in tropical regions, including in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In temperate settings, the disease clusters in institutional care facilities. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to provide updates on the clinical diagnosis and treatment approaches for scabies in Australia. DISCUSSION: Clinical examination remains the mainstay of diagnosis, although dermatoscopy is a useful adjunct. Scabies presents with severe itch and a papular rash, with a predilection for the hands, feet and genitalia. The dist..

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