What's Going Around: Scabies

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In this week's What's Going Around report, we're talking about a highly contagious skin disease. Dr. Belinda Miller with Kids First Immediate Care in East Lansing has treated several patients with scabies.

Scabies is caused by tiny parasitic mites that burrow into the skin and feed on fluids to live and reproduce. Symptoms include intense itching and a pimple-like rash. The most commonly affected areas are between the fingers, wrists, forearms, elbows, chest, navel, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, genitals, feet and the ankles.

If you think you have scabies, see a doctor right away. There are prescription-only creams that kill scabies mites and their eggs. However, the itching may persist for weeks after the treatment. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics for infected skin sores.

Scabies is very contagious through skin-to-skin contact. If someone in your house gets infected, treatment is usually recommended for everyone in the house.

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