Management of scabies in nursing homes.

Pepple EF1, Amadi ES2*, Daka IR3
1Department of Community Health, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria.
2Dermatology unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria.
3Department of Pharmacology, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria.
*Correspondence: Dr. Ekechi, Stella Amadi; +234 805 910 2767; ekechiamadi@yahoo.com

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Abstract

Background: Scabies is an infestation that occurs worldwide. The outbreak of scabies is often seen in institutionalized care such as the nursing homes which mainly cares for the elderly. This review article looks at the burden of scabies on the nursing care homes and community at large although very few studies have been done in this regard in Nigeria. It also focuses on the management which includes both the pharmacological and non-pharmacological aspects. The review also offers ways of prevention of scabies in these institutions. The method used was to search the internet using sites such as Google scholar, PubMed as well as looking through online journals and hard copies of text books. Scabies is of public health importance that presents a challenge with management in nursing homes.

Keywords: Elderly, Management, Nursing home, Scabies

Cite this article: Pepple, EF, Amadi ES, Daka IR. Management of scabies in nursing homes. Yen Med J. 2021;3(1):139–147.

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