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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you get scabies without an itch?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: Scabies is a mite (a bug that is a parasite because it burrows into a person's skin), and it keeps tunneling along just under the surface of the skin. It is reported to be one of the itchiest skin problems known. Probably the only people who can get scabies without an itch are people without skin sensation where the scabies are burrowing, such as people with spinal cord paralysis.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Scabies: If a person has never had scabies before, symptoms may take as long as 4-6 weeks to begin. It is important to remember that an infested person can spread scabies during this time, even if he/she does not have symptoms yet. In a person who has had scabies before, symptoms usually appear much sooner (1-4 days) after exposure. Symptoms always include itching.

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Can you have scabies without the intense itching ?

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Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
May be not: Scabies (from latin: scabere, "to scratch"), also known colloquially as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infection caused by the mite sarcoptes scabiei. The mite is a tiny, and usually not directly visible, parasite which burrows under the host's skin, causing intense allergic itching.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can you get scabies without being in contact with an infected person?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Transmission. : Scabies can be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact.
Last updated Jan 16, 2020


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