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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 33 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 32 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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A 28-year-old member asked:

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How long does a room need to be left empty after scabies infestation?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
2-3 days : The scabies mite can not live off human skin for more than 48-72 hours.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How are hives treated if itchy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Itchy hives: The itching associated with hives is usually responsive to at least some extent to oral antihistamines, but often require higher than standard doses.
A member asked:

How can I tell if I have scabie or herpes?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
See Dr.: These lesions look different ;both should be treated asap.
A member asked:

What does it mean if you have itchy bumps on the upper inner thighs?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Dermatitis: You probably have some type of dermatitis. You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation.

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