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A 58-year-old female asked:

can u get scabies from non sexual contact. my dr. told me i have scabies, but i had. no phsyical conlact.i do have a friend who s been itching 4 months dr. told here it was a allergy from wheat. now i think i got this from being in her house

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Scabies : Scabies is usually contracted by prolonged direct skin to skin contact with another person who has scabies. A hug or handshake is usually not enough contact to catch it. It is frequently sexually transmitted in adults, but doesn't have to be. Sometimes, it is can also spread by sharing clothing, towels or sheets. For more information on scabies, check out the website i added below.
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Yes: You can get it anywhere where the mites are present. You should have your friend checked out as well.

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