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does bleach kill scabies mites

A female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Kern
40 years experience Pediatrics
No. Use Elimite (permethrin). : No, Elimite (permethrin) (Topical Permethrin) is generally used to treat scabies. It requires a prescription. Generally ALL household members should b ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
25 years experience Pediatrics
Scabies: No,and those can be flammable which makes it unsafe.
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: Scabies mites do not survive more than 2-3 days away from human skin. Items such as bedding, clothing, and towels used by a person with scabies can be ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
YES: Mites do not "like" salt water and in fact salt water baths are used to treat scabies!!!! I would, however, note that wet suits should be CLEANED with ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably: Cannot find any definitive data, but hard to imagine these critters surviving application of bleach. The question is what other effects will the blea ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
43 years experience Dermatology
No : You need a scabicide to kill scabies. Elimite (permethrin) cream can be prescribed by your doctor.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Easier way than that: You may not have scabies. It would be prudent to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. There are topical as well oral medications that are far safer th ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Karen Koffler
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Lysol ok: Once you have been treated, all linens , clothing, towels,etc that you may have used in the last 3 days need to be washed in hot water and dried in a ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Can happen: Scabies mites burrow into the upper layers of your skin leaving fecal debris behind in their tracts.The formation of skin changes and itching is the b ... Read More
A 85-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Yes, but..: Bleach can kill mites but please don't put straight bleach on your skin.
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A member asked:
Dr. Laura Webb
13 years experience Pediatrics
5% permethrin cream: This cream is available by prescription and can be used in children as young as 2 months. The cream should be massaged into the skin from scalp to le ... Read More
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