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i have scabies what do i do first?

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Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
See Your Doctor: Scabies need to be treated with prescription medications. The whole family or sexual partners of infected people should be treated, even if they do not have symptoms. Wash underwear, towels, and sleepwear in hot water. Vacuum the carpets and upholstered furniture.
Answered on Mar 18, 2019
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A bunch: I agree with dr. Eitner. If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton.
Answered on Feb 27, 2020
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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Second, you will have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with). There may be some things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. You can put them in a big plastic bag and tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because scabies can survive without being on a human for 24 to 36 hours. Also clean all the hard surfaces you have been in contact with (like furniture). You need to vacuum floors, rugs, mattresses & upholstered furniture.
Apr 21, 2013

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