How long do symptoms of scabies last?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Persistent symptoms in scabies may last up to 2-4 weeks after treatment. Anxiety or a hypersensitivity state may prolong symptoms even after the mites have been destroyed. [27] Residual pruritus may require antihistamines or a short course of topical or oral steroids. If symptoms last longer than 2-4 weeks, treat the patient with another dose of scabicides. [6, 9, 7]


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