Crusted scabies is a rare, severe form of scabies is also called as Norwegian scabies. It is extremely contagious because of the large number of mites found in and on the skin. Crusted scabies may occur in people who are certain nutritional disorders, infectious diseases, leukemia, or weakened immune systems (such as people who have AIDS). Testing for HIV infection may be appropriate for people who have this type of scabies or people suffering with mental or nervous system disorders that mask the itching sensation. When scabies itching goes undetected, the infestation can become severe. The characteristics of crusted scabies include scaly, crusted sores on the hands, feet, scalp, face, torso, and pressure-bearing areas such as the elbows. Facial skin may flake off, and significant hair loss can result and mild itching despite the heavy infestation of mites.
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Last date updated on June, 2014