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can scabies live off dead skin cells deposited in carpet or mattresses longer than 72 hours without human touch? will leaving house 3/4days help?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: It is generally believed that they are not viable after 48-72 hours. Most cases of persistent scabies are from unsuccessfully treated or reinfection from a close contact.
Answered on Feb 24, 2020

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