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Scabies: a ubiquitous neglected skin disease

Overview of attention for article published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, December 2006
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Scabies: a ubiquitous neglected skin disease
Published in
Lancet Infectious Diseases, December 2006
DOI 10.1016/s1473-3099(06)70654-5
Pubmed ID

Ulrich R Hengge, Bart J Currie, Gerold Jäger, Omar Lupi, Robert A Schwartz


Scabies has been a scourge among human beings for thousands of years. Its worldwide occurrence with epidemics during war, famine, and overcrowding is responsible for an estimated 300 million people currently infested. Scabies refers to the various skin lesions produced by female mites, and their eggs and scybala that are deposited in the epidermis, leading to delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction. Recent immunological findings such as cross-reactivity with house dust mite allergens and an altered T-helper-1/T-helper-2 pattern contribute to a better understanding of the pathomechanism. Furthermore, progress in molecular biology and cloning of relevant antigens could enable the development of a diagnostic ELISA system and candidate vaccines in the near future. Typical and atypical clinical presentations with pruritus as a hallmark of scabies occur in young, pregnant, immunocompromised, and elderly patients and include bullous and crusted (Norwegian) manifestations as well as those masked by steroid use (scabies incognito). This article reviews scabies management strategies in developed countries and resource-poor communities as well as typical complications, including the emergence of resistance and drug-related adverse events. Other problems such as post-scabies eczema and reinfestation, and newer treatments such as ivermectin are also discussed.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
Mozambique 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Slovenia 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Thailand 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 190 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 38 19%
Student > Master 30 15%
Researcher 20 10%
Student > Postgraduate 16 8%
Other 16 8%
Other 49 24%
Unknown 32 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 89 44%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 13%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 8 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 7 3%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 3%
Other 24 12%
Unknown 39 19%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 22. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 June 2018.
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