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I work at a drs office. i just found out that a patient last week had scabies. i took his pulse by putting fingers on his wrist. could i get infected?

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Dr. Philip Miller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

You work in a physician's office and I assume careful handwashing is standard there. Scabies is usually transmitted by skin to skin contact over a long period of time or sleeping on infected bedding.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Howard Shapiro answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

If you were going to get infected, it would have happened already. Any linens in the office that this patient used would be OK now, as the mites live only about 3 days away from human skin. Obviously, if you have developed any scaling, itchy skin lesions in the past week, your concern would be valid

Answered Feb 27, 2017

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