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A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you get scabies or body lice?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Contact: Scabies can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact, or through shared bedding, towels, and clothing of an infested person. Body lice are transmitted in a similar way but are very uncommon except in the homeless population. Unlike scabies which burrow under the skin causing an intense itching and inflammatory rash, lice live on the skin and in the clothes of the infested person.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
20 years experience
Bumps and itch: Typically red very itchy bumps, and specifically for scabies burrow like rash that is itchy and most commonly in areas of skin folds.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Could you potentially have scabies and body lice at the same time?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: Two totally different infestations, but the environment from which they come, and the source of the infestations, are similar.
Last updated Jul 5, 2018

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