What are major risk factors for scabies?

Updated: Jun 07, 2019
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Answer

A 2009 study conducted in an impoverished rural community in Brazil identified the following major risk factors for scabies in that community [14] :

  • Young age

  • Presence of many children in the household

  • Illiteracy

  • Low family income

  • Poor housing

  • Sharing clothes and towels

  • Irregular use of showers


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