A 42-year-old member asked:
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can you contact scabies from furniture?

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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Unlikely: Human to human causes almost all infection ..Mites are the host so i guess if they survive on your sofa you might be able to get from that source.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
19 years experience Dermatology
Possible: It is possible if a person with a very severe infection sat on the couch, and it was fabric and not cleaned.
Answered on Aug 30, 2014
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Yes: Scabies are mites that crawl but they require human skin to thrive. If they are off the skin for more than 48hrs , they will die.
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