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Beware! What’s Going Around is itchy, itchy, itchy.

What’s Going Around this week – IS ALIVE! Centra Care locations all around Central Florida are seeing lots of patients with Scabies. In fact, the number of cases this month is up 75% from this time last year.

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Scabies is an easily spread skin disease caused by a mite. Affecting both children and adults, the microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays eggs. Scabies is usually spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has it. Day-care centers, schools and nursing homes are often prone to outbreaks.

Symptoms include:

  • Itching, especially at night
  • Rashes
  • Sores from scratching
  • Thin, pencil-like lines on the skin

Common affected areas:

  • Between the fingers
  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Armpit
  • Genitals

The head, face, neck, palms and soles are often affected in infants and young children, but not usually in adults and older kids.


To diagnose, a doctor will examine the skin for signs of scabies. An examination of skin scrapings, under a microscope, may also be done to look for mites.


Scabies infections are most commonly treated with prescription medicated cream applied all over the body. Itching may continue for up to 2 weeks after treatment begins. The whole family or sexual partners should also be treated, whether or not they have symptoms. Wash underwear, towels and sleepwear in hot water and vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture.

Call or visit a doctor right away if you have symptoms of scabies OR someone you have been in close contact with has scabies.