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What causes scabies?

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According to Medical News Today, scabies is a common term for a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. They burrow in the skin where they lay eggs. In a few weeks, an itchy rash appears. It affects all ages, social levels and living conditions.

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What causes scabies?
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Applying creams and lotions that contain insecticide, such as permethrin and malathion, kill the mites. WebMD states that scabies are transmitted by close contact and spread quickly from person to person. Examples are holding hands and sharing towels. Without treatment, the condition perpetuates itself. Medical News Today states that a healthy immune system offers some protection and interferes with the mites' reproductive system.

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