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How do other illnesses affect scabies?

Scabies is contagious and parasitic. The infection manifests as thin red lines and small red bumps on the topmost skin layer. People with weak immune systems such as HIV or cancer patients, and very old people are more likely to contract scabies. Because they have no resistance to fight the mites, the mites can multiply easily. Gray crusts on the skin are a common sign.

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