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How is the parasitic skin infection scabies treated?

Scabies is one type of parasitic skin infection. It is treated effectively with topical prescription medications to get rid of the mites. The cream or lotion is applied to the entire body and left on for eight hours or more. Most physicians will recommend treating all members of a family and close friends because scabies is so highly contagious. Itching may persist for some time after treatment. Other treatment options include cool compresses, anti-itch lotions, and antihistamines.

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