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What causes scabies?

Sarcoptes scabiei, a tiny burrowing mite, causes scabies. The female mite attacks the topmost skin layer and lays her eggs in burrows. It takes a few days for the larvae to hatch. Intense itching may be due to the burrowing and an allergic reaction.
Angela Lowery
Family Medicine

Scabies is caused by a tiny eight legged mite. The female burrows under the skin and lays eggs. The burrowing and laying eggs under the skin causes intense itching.

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