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Scabies management in the community.
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PMID:  11491047     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Unidentified and undertreated cases of scabies are the source of continued spread. AIMS: To evaluate management of scabies in the community. METHODS: Eighty-six outpatient and ward referrals were reviewed. Fifty-six had previously applied scabicidal treatments (Group 1), whilst in 30 patients the diagnosis was made de novo (Group 2). Treatment failure was identified by a detailed questionnaire. In both groups, patients were reviewed at four to six weeks. RESULTS: Sixty-four per cent of Group 1 was initially correctly diagnosed. Seventy per cent of Group 1 patients had received verbal and written instruction as part of previous unsuccessful treatments. The clearance rate in the combined group treated according to protocol was 96%; 100% clearance was ultimately achieved. CONCLUSION: Inconsistency in diagnosis and treatment of patients is common. A treatment protocol should be made available to family practitioners.
L A Murphy; C Buckley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish journal of medical science     Volume:  170     ISSN:  0021-1265     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir J Med Sci     Publication Date:    2001 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-08     Completed Date:  2001-09-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806864     Medline TA:  Ir J Med Sci     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  120-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Waterford Regional Hospital, Waterford, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Protocols
Scabies / diagnosis,  drug therapy*
Treatment Failure

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