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Can you get scabies from bed sheets and blankets? my friend said he had scabies 2 yrs ago & went away in 2 days & that last time he washed his blankets & sheets were 3 weeks ago & i was just sitting on it. can i get sabies like that?

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
FOMITES: Yes! scabies can be contacted through bed-sheets, towels etc. The bug that causes scabies---sarcoptes scabiei, has a tendency to move from one host to another through these media. Hence the instructions to wash all the clothes that patient has come in contact with ; while treating the patient himself/herself.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes and No: You can get scabies through contaminated sheets. If your friend's infestation was two years ago, was treated and mites eliminated, there is no risk to you. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV vaccine

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