G_IPC_27 Scabies Management and Treatment

Scabies infestation is common throughout the world and an estimated 300 million cases occur each year. It is not a notifiable disease and thus the true prevalence in the United Kingdom is unknown.

It can affect any individual irrespective of age, gender, race, social class and geographical location.

Scabies is frequently misdiagnosed in the elderly as the clinical features in this group may differ from those seen in younger people or as stated in some text books. This may lead to delayed diagnosis and consequentially outbreak situations within community hospitals or care homes. As there is the potential for large numbers of residents and staff to be affected before the diagnosis is made, it is important when dealing with outbreaks that the situation is effectively managed and that simultaneous treatment is achieved.

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