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when you have scabies, should you put bleach in the wash?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe not needed: Washing in hot water and drying in high heat (if the fabric will tolerate it) should get rid of any scabies. Adding bleach might not be needed, if the hot wash and dry already kills the scabies. Since scabies mites live only 1-2 months, one can also just put all the clothes in a big garbage bag and leave the bag tied closed for a few months (any scabies should be dead by then).
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Not necessarily : Hot hot water in the wash is all that is needed.

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How did my baby get scabies?

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Pediatrics 34 years experience
Skin to skin: Scabies is a parasite that causes a very itchy skin rash. You contract scabies by touching someone who has it, or by sharing clothing or bedding with someone who has scabies.
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Does the itching of scabies disappear after treatment?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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After a while: The symptoms can persist for a couple weeks after treatment. Sometimes it takes more than one treatment, but even with killing all the bugs, it will take a couple weeks for the rash to resolve.
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How long can scabies mites live?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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About 1-2 months: After a female scabies mite lays eggs, they hatch 3 days later. Around 2 weeks later, the new mites can find mates. A fertilized female mite burrows into the upper layer of skin, laying eggs while living inside the burrow, for one month or more.
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What are the ways to eliminate the longtime scars caused by scabies?

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Scar revision : Scar revision may require various combinations of chemical peel, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, scar excision, grafting, fillers, skin bleaching, etc.
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Can anal bleaching treat a thick black ring around my anus?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Anal bleaching: More than likely not. If you use bleaching agents around the anus you may cause damage to the nerve endings and develop incontinence or numbness in the area.

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