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Scabies

Description:

It is a parasitic mite.

Effects:

  • It spreads and the symptoms get worse
  • You can pass it on to your sexual partner(s)

Cause:

  • Close body contact with an infected person
  • Rarely, infected bed linen or clothes may transmit the mite

Symptoms:

  • Itching, especially at night
  • Silvery lines on your skin and between your fingers

Treatment:

  • It can be treated with lotions – for you and your partner(s)

Prevention:

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with an infected person

(Source: Health Service Executive (HSE), 2007)