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Is scabies a type of parasitic skin infection?

Yes, scabies is a type of parasitic skin infection. Caused by tiny mites that dig their way into the skin, scabies is an itchy and contagious condition. When the microscopic female mite gets underneath the skin, she lays her eggs. In a few days the eggs hatch. Itching is the body’s reaction to the mite infestation. The reason the skin is so itchy is likely due to an allergic reaction to the tiny mite bodies. Scabies is easily treated.

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