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The elimination of scabies: a task for our generation
Version of Record online: 8 JUL 2013
© 2013 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 52, Issue 10, pages 1215–1223, October 2013
How to Cite
McLean, F. E. (2013), The elimination of scabies: a task for our generation. International Journal of Dermatology, 52: 1215–1223. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12101
- Issue online: 23 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 8 JUL 2013
Scabies prevalence remains unacceptably high in many regions throughout the world. Infestation with scabies significantly impacts quality of life and is linked to pyoderma and consequently to severe long-term sequelae such as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. In the past, control programs using topical treatments have met with poor compliance; however, the highly effective oral agent ivermectin may offer a new paradigm in scabies management. Problems still exist with insensitive diagnostic tests, questions concerning mite reservoirs, and restrictions on who can receive ivermectin. Despite these difficulties, the elimination of scabies in communities worst affected may soon be possible.