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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 246-247

Crusted scabies in AIDS patient, a clinical challenge to be sorted out with a simple bedside test

Department of DVL, Government General Hospital, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. S Darsan
Department of DVL, Government General Hospital, Kakinada - 533 001, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ijstd.ijstd_31_22

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Norwegian or crusted scabies is a highly contagious severe variant of scabies described first among leprosy patients in Norway in 1848 by Boeck and Danielsen. Herein, we report a case of crusted scabies in an AIDS patient with large hyperpigmented macules covered with thick crusts present over the axilla, inguinal region, and gluteal region. Treatment started immediately with ivermectin, permethrin, and keratolytics after doing KOH microscopy. Mite population may exceed 1 million/person. Hence, it is highly infectious and can set off epidemics of scabies in home or institutions.

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