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Doctor insights on: Can Scabies Be Transmitted From Person To Person

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Definition)

A skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has ...Read more


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How is scabies transmitted from person to person?

How is scabies transmitted from person to person?

Skin 2 skin contact: Usually prolonged skin-to-skin contact. *not* usually through a quick hug or handshake. Easy to get from your sexual partners or other folks in your household. Crusted scabies [norwegian scabies] can spread through shared towels, clothing and bedding. ...Read more

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How can a person get scabies?

How can  a person get scabies?

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. ...Read more

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How can a person catch scabies?

How can a person catch scabies?

Skin to skin contact: Scabies is a tiny black mite that lives on people, burrowing just under the up top layer of skin. It is most commonly caught through skin to skin contact with another person who has scabies. Can be acquired through sexual intercourse. It can also be acquired from sleeping in the same bed (or sleeping bag) with an infected person, or a bed an infected person recently slept in. ...Read more

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How can you get scabies without being in contact with an infected person?

Transmission. : Scabies can be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. ...Read more

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Are crusted scabies able to live outside the body: in a room where the effected person sleeps?

Are crusted scabies able to live outside the body: in a room where the effected person sleeps?

Yes: Scabies mites can survive outside the human body for between 24 and 36 hours. You can become infected by coming into contact with contaminated clothes, or bed linens during this time frame. ...Read more

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If I slept in the bed of a person who has scabies, am I going to get scabies? How can I prevent this from happening?

You may: Clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding & towels you've come in contact w). There may be things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. Place them in a big plastic bag & tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because scabies can survive w/o being on a human for 24 to 36 hours. Clean the hard surfaces you have been in contact w (like furniture). Vacuum floors, rugs, mattresses & ...Read more

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Can one or more people in a home have scabies and others not be infected. With no signs or symptoms months after first person showed signs.

Possible.: Scabies is highly contagious, but spreading requires skin-to-skin contact. If you have had no direct contact with the infested person(s), it is possible to avoid infestation. But we usually recommend that all household members use Permethrin at least once if anyone in the house is infested. This assumes, of course, that the correct diagnosis was made, by a dermatologist or other experienced md. ...Read more

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After tx for scabies, when is the person no longer contagious? Also, can a person be reinfested from driving in their vehicle after tx

Complete therapy: Completing the course of scabies therapy and ensuring no continuing source of the scabies is needed to stop the cycle of contagiousness.To that effect, if out are dealing with an upholstered seat while infected, then one can be potentially reinfected. ...Read more

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What is scabies?

Scabies: Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin condition caused by an infestation by the itch mite sarcoptes scabiei. Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission. ...Read more