What is the appropriate follow-up for scabies treatment?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Patients with scabies may need to be reexamined at 2 weeks and again at 1 month after treatment. If a patient has persistent lesions at the 1-month check-up, reinfection or persistent infection should be suspected. In this case, treatment should be reinitiated. The patient’s family or any close contacts should also be examined to check for a source of reinfection. Patients with crusted scabies, especially, should be followed after treatment and may require repeated courses of treatment.


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