What are the complications of scabies?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Complications of scabies are rare and generally result from vigorous rubbing and scratching. Disruption of the skin barrier puts the patient at risk for secondary bacterial invasion, primarily by Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. [28, 29] Superinfection with S pyogenes can precipitate acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis, chronic renal failure, and even rheumatic fever.


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