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Scabies is a condition caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei itch mite. Patients afflicted can complain of intense itching especially at night, accompanied by papules, pustules or vesicles on the skin. For the scabies mite to pass onto to others, close physical contact must occur or is transmitted through clothing or linens worn and used by the afflicted individual. Treatment entails use of a topical cream or lotion, sometimes  requiring more than 1 treatment as well as treating the environment. Pruritus can still remain up to 4 weeks even after a person has been treated.