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Scabies – A global health challenge

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Prof. Olivier Chosidow, Henri Mondor University Hospital, France
EADV 2020
Scabies has endemic proportions among many refugees, homeless, and people in developing countries, but occur worldwide and may affect people of all social classes. As Prof. Olivier Chosidow (Henri Mondor University Hospital, France) emphasised, for a long time, scabies has been a truly neglected disease [1]. Scabies in humans is caused by an infestation of the skin by mites (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The parasite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lays its eggs. The afflicted suffer from severe itching (especially in the evening and at night) and a rash, caused by hypersensitivity reactions to the faeces of the mites. Scabies usually starts between the fingers, wrists, or armpit while the face is usually spared in adults. Prof. Chosidow stressed the fact that major sleep disturbances, psychosocial stigma and complications might add to the burde...

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