What is the clinical appearance of scabies in adults?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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One- to 3-mm erythematous papules and vesicles are seen in typical distributions in adults. The vesicles are discrete lesions filled with clear fluid, although the fluid may appear cloudy if the vesicle is more than a few days old, as in the image below.

Papulovesicles and nodules on the palm in a patien Papulovesicles and nodules on the palm in a patient with scabies. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD.

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