Do papules in scabies contain mites, and where do they typically occur?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Papules rarely contain mites and most likely represent a hypersensitivity reaction. Papules are common on the shaft of the penis in men and on the areolae in women. (See the images below.)

Scabies on penis. Courtesy of Hon Pak, MD. Scabies on penis. Courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Scabietic papules on the penile shaft and scrotum. Scabietic papules on the penile shaft and scrotum. Courtesy of Kenneth E. Greer, MD.
Scabies on the penile shaft and glans. Courtesy of Scabies on the penile shaft and glans. Courtesy of William D. James, MD.

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