Which populations have the highest prevalence of scabies, and who is at highest risk for crusted scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Prevalence rates are higher in children and sexually active individuals than in other persons. Patients with poor sensory perception due to entities such as leprosy and persons with immunocompromise due to conditions such as status posttransplantation, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease, and old age are at particular risk for the crusted variant. These populations present with clinically atypical lesions and often are misdiagnosed, thus delaying treatment and elevating the risk of local epidemics.


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