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can someone give you scabies with out getting them themselves?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Infectious disease: Nope. It has to be an infection to transmit ths.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I kill scabies in my home?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Here's how...: Hello. 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 (either oral or topical). 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 >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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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).
Apr 21, 2013
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are some affordable ways to treat scabies with at what are good home remediesor over the counter?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Scabies: 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. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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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
A 35-year-old member asked:

For what length of time do scabies stay in clothes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology 19 years experience
Varies: Can be weeks...Dry clean or wash and dry the clothes in hot cycles.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you diagnose scabies?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Med eval: A dermatologist or your family doctor can make this diagnosis accurately. Scabies can cause intense itching which worsens at night. If you check your skin you can see little burrows made by small blisters and bumps in skin folds. Places you might find them include your armpits, inner elbows, between your fingers, on your feet, around the buttocks, genitalia and breasts.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can a person get scabies?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Contact: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies.

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