Journal of Skin

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A complicated case of scabies in a health care provider

Author(s): Abdul-Hamid Lukambagire*, Lulyritha Christian Kini MMed, Mavura Daudi, Elisante John Masenga and Mramba Nyindo

Background: Scabies is a highly contagious, neglected cutaneous parasitic disease, associated with poor individual, community, environmental circumstances and health. Hospital acquired scabies may occur due to contact between patients and healthcare providers. The non-classic presentation of scabies presents a challenging case to the clinician.

Case presentation: A male healthcare provider presented with a dry, itchy rash on his lower legs which was non-responsive to initial chemotherapy, developing complicated hypersensitivity symptoms. Later skin biopsy and scrapings yielded Sarcoptes mites.

Management: During the first 2 weeks, the patient was dewormed at a health centre and later given intramuscular, oral and topical antihistamines a referral hospital with little improvement. A final dose of ivermectin cleared the rash and itching.

Conclusion: WE present a case of nosocomial atypical scabies in a healthcare worker which posed a rare challenge. A complicated clinical history and previous medications appear to have masked the classic features.


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