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Scabies- Guideline on management

Scabies UK National Guideline on Management 2016 by Clinical Effectiveness Group British Association for sexual health and HIV

Scabies is caused by the human itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis. The lifecycle of the
sarcoptes lasts for 4-6 weeks. Mites burrow into human skin and lay their eggs, which later
hatch and grow into adults. The female lays about 25 eggs and dies. The eggs develop into
adults after moulting in10-15 days. Less than 10% of the eggs develop into mature adults. The
average number of mites in a person with an initial infestation is 10-15 and about half this
number with a subsequent infestation.1,2


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