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J Clin Pharm Ther. 2017 Dec;42(6):793-799. doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12631. Epub 2017 Sep 25.

Scabies-An ancient itch that is still rampant today.

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1
Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT, Australia.
2
The Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran, ACT, Australia.
3
Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia.

Abstract

WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE:

Scabies is recognized as a neglected tropical disease responsible for a substantial health and economic burden, especially in resource-poor communities around the world.

COMMENT:

There are relatively few current treatment options for scabies, and they possess important limitations. The treatments are ineffective in preventing relapse, inflammatory skin reactions and associated bacterial skin infections. There are also safety concerns, especially in children and pregnant women. Furthermore, there has been the emergence of resistance among scabies mites to the classical acaricides.

WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION:

More research needs to be devoted to developing new treatments for scabies.

KEYWORDS:

acaricides; dermatology; neglected tropical disease; resistance; scabies; skin

PMID:
28948630
DOI:
10.1111/jcpt.12631
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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