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Do you get scabies from being dirty

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No, you get scabies: From being in contact with scabies. Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing a... Read More
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: You can only get scabies from someone who has scabies (or their clothes or sheets).

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Scabies: Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission. Scabies mites are very sensitive to their environment. They can only live off of a host body ... Read More
Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology 27 years experience
Unlikely, but yes: If the towels are infested with scabies, than you absolutely can get them. Best to wash all items that came into contact with the person who had scab... Read More
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: Yes, if the dirty towel is infested by scabies then you share the towel- you can get the scabies.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Scabies: Scabies is gotten from another person's infected skin. Not sure what you mean by the word 'dirty'. In medicine being sexual is not 'dirty' it is norma... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No, Being physically: Dirty doesn't cause scabies. Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someo... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Scabies: The scabies mite is a microscopic parasite that is passed from the skin of an infected person to another, usually by close physical contact. The mite... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
Close contact: It is a mite that lives on the body and can be transferred by close bodily contact. It can take up to 6 weeks to cause symptoms after the contact occ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Scabies is not a sexually transmitted disease. Anyone can get scabies from close contact with another infected individual.
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Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greeneanswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Skin to skin: Scabies is a parasite that causes a very itchy skin rash. You contract scabies by touching someone who has it, or by sharing clothing or bedding with ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Contact: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabi... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No : Scabies comes from mites - not fleas.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: No. Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, if you do, and get HPV vaccine.

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