Is scabies a fungal infection?


No, scabies is not a fungal infection. Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei that burrow into the skin and lay their eggs, leading to intense itching and a rash. Fungal infections, on the other hand, are caused by different types of fungi such as yeasts, molds, and dermatophytes. Common fungal skin infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. While both scabies and fungal infections can affect the skin, they are caused by different organisms and require different treatments.

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