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how is scabies transmitted from person to person?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Skin 2 skin contact: Usually prolonged skin-to-skin contact. *not* usually through a quick hug or handshake. Easy to get from your sexual partners or other folks in your household. Crusted scabies [norwegian scabies] can spread through shared towels, clothing and bedding.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Scabies: Scabies is spread when there is direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Transmission of scabies can also be the result of sharing clothing, towels, and bedding. In children, the condition is most commonly spread at daycare centers, school, or sleepovers. Transmission of the disease in nursing homes results in more severe cases than are typical for the infestation.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Yes: It is usually sexually transmitted but you can get it other ways.

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What does scabies look like?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Itchy rash: Scabies is a very itchy and annoying rash that comes from a mite that likes to burrow itself underneath the skin. It is contagious and has a predisposition for certain hidden areas of the body (such as the webs of the fingers/toes, creases under the breasts, and elbows). It can be generalized in a baby. Sometimes it can look like a little pimple or insect bite, and other times it can be crusted.
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How can I tell the difference between scratches from playing or scabies?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
ITCHING: The biggest difference is probably the intense itching associated with scabies. Scabies lesions also do not "heal" the way you would expect a scratch from playing to heal. Scabies lesions can occur anywhere on the body, but often are found between the fingers and toes, along the waist band, under the arms, in the neck or other areas where skin rubs against skin.
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How can you become infected with scabies?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Contact: The scabies mite is transmitted by direct contact. Skin to skin or clothing to skin or other contaminated surface to skin. The mites will more than likely not live long off the skin. The most assured way is skin to skin contact.
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What is the most common symptom of scabies?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgettanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Itching: The most common symptom of scabies is intense itching, usually at night. You may also experience rash, sores, and superficial "pencil-mark" lines on the skin.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is crusted (norwegian) scabies?

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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Form of: Highly contagious form of scabies.Affecting immunocompromised and institutionalized patients.

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