Clinical diagnosis and treatment of scabies, a neglected tropical disease

Hendrick M. Motswaledi*

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Scabies is a parasitic infestation of the skin caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. It is common in tropical areas, including the sub-tropical areas of Southern Africa. Predisposing factors are overcrowding, poor personal hygiene, low socio-economic standards and impaired host immunity. Although it can occur at any age, scabies is commonly seen in children and young adults. It is not a fatal disease; however, it can cause severe morbidity and poor quality of life. Scabies can complicate with pyoderma which may result in post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. There are two clinical variants, classic scabies and the much rarer crusted scabies (Norwegian scabies).

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera5224
JournalSouth African Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Ivermectin
  • Non-fatal disease
  • Permethrin
  • Pyoderma
  • Scabies, sarcoptes scabiei


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