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How common are parasitic skin infections?

Some parasitic skin infections are very common everywhere, while others are common in some parts of the world, but rare in others. Scabies and lice, two conditions that are contagious and can spread rapidly among people who live in crowded conditions, families, day care settings, schools, and nursing homes, are fairly common and easily treated. Some parasitic skin infections occur while people are traveling to certain geographical locations and are less common in other parts of the world.

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