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Is scabies serious?

Highly irritating as it may be, scabies is normally not a serious or life-threatening condition. However, in a person whose immune system is weakened by factors such as old age, serious illness or malnutrition, scabies can sometimes develop into more severe forms such as crusted or nodular scabies. In addition, scratching the itching skin can lead to secondary infections.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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