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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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What is the best treatment for scabies? What is the best way to treat and get rid of a scabies rash? .

What is the best treatment for scabies? What is the best way to treat and get rid of a scabies rash?
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Prescription Rx: First get diagnosed properly. Sometimes what we think we have, masquerades as something else. With scabies, the longer you wait, the longer you itch! It is also highly contagious and you risk spreading it around. Unlike head lice, scabies has not developed resistance to its established treatment, prescription topical Permethrin 5% also called Elimite or Acticin (permethrin) (here in the United States). ...Read more

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If 5% permethrin cream has not worked 4x/6 wks, what is the next step to get rid of possible scabies. Env & fam treated. Treatment was done correctly.

See your doctor : Or health dept. A prescription medicine (lindane)may help if not resolved, but must be used correctly bc of risk of seizures. ...Read more

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How many treatments does it take to get rid of scabies?

1 or 2: Usually 1 treatment with Elimite (permethrin) is enough. If incompletely cured, additional similar treatment in 14 days may be applied. ...Read more

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I have treated my self with permethrin cream and I still can't get rid of scabies what should I do? I have also done two treatments I still have it

Scabies Treatment: First of all I have to ask you, have you been diagnosed by a phycisian if you have scabies and secondly did the doctor advise you how touse permethrine cream. I f you have medically diagnosed scabies and you have been using the permethrine cream properly then chances with two treatments are that scabies has been cured. The itching symptoms can persist for a while and need to be treated with anti itc. ...Read more

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How do you know you've gotten rid of scabies or uncontagiouse after starting treatment?

See below: Once scabies is properly treated, no new skin lesion appears. Itching, however. Lingers a little while. ...Read more

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Went to a house where people had scabies & started treatment & cleaned up already because I am on a high grade antibiotic will that help prevent them?

Went to a house where people had scabies & started treatment & cleaned up already because I am on a high grade antibiotic will that help prevent them?

Scabies: No, the antibiotic will not have any protective effect against scabies. Scabies are a type of mite and require a kind of treatment very much different from an antibiotic, which only work against bacteria. ...Read more

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My doctor diagnosed me with scabies. She told me to go buy Rid lice treatment. But if it didn't work to fill a script she gave. They were oral medication I took for only 7 days. I done one treatment, took all 7 pills then done another Rid treatment. My la

Very confusing: Rid is not a treatment for scabies. You fail to note the name of the pills or the name of the "prescription." Sounds like you need a better DR. If you really have scabies, ivermectin pills are a single dose with one more dose 2 weeks later. Permethrin cream is used once all over the skin, then repeated in 1 or 2 weeks. All contacts are treated, even if not itchy. From first treatment to absence of ...Read more

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I was told I had scabies about a week ago I got treatment asap after putting it on seemed to get worse and spread to places I don't want it?

I was told I had scabies about a week ago I got treatment asap after putting it on seemed to get worse and spread to places I don't want it?

Scabies: It is very possible that you did not have scabies at all. If your practitioner did not scrape the lesions actually see the mites, the possibility of scabies is lessened. Sometimes the medicines given for presumptive scabies can be quite irritating in their own right. That means that you should definitely see a dermatologist and get this assessed properly. You may or may not even have scabies. ...Read more

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Can I get scabies from pet? My rabbit have scabies he started the treatment but I itch my skin and I've got pimbles do I have scabies from my rabbit?

Can I get scabies from pet? My rabbit have scabies he started the treatment but I itch my skin and I've got pimbles do I have scabies from my rabbit?

Scabies: Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with. ...Read more

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How long until I can get in the bed with my girlfriend after my first treatment of permethrin for scabies?

Wrong question: It is very important that BOTH of you be treated for scabies at the same time, even if she has no symptoms. Every other contact and every other person in your home must be treated, even if assymptomatic. From the time of initial infestation to the beginning of itch is typically 2 to 3 months. Your girlfriend probably already has it. You can both use permethrin and you can share a bed the same nigh ...Read more

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Does a scabies rash get worse after treatment before it gets better? And does epsom salt baths help to kill the scabies?

Does a scabies rash get worse after treatment before it gets better? And does epsom salt baths help to kill the scabies?

Should not: After treatment the rash should not flare. The best treatments are Permethrin 5% cream and / or oral Ivermectin depending on the severity of the case. ...Read more

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If I treat myself with ivermectin scabies treatment and wash everything tomorrow such as clothes, sheets...won't I just get reinfected from new mites?

Scabies: If you have taken care of any contaminated bedding and clothing and have treated yourself the answer should be no. The scabies can not live without a blood food after two to three days. Check put this link http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/scabies/treatment.html ...Read more

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How can you get rid of scabies in your kids?

How can you get rid of scabies in your kids?

Rx Meds: Topical application of a scabicide for 8-14 hours with a repeat treatment is a week is the common approach. Additional meds used to help itching or for occasional superficial skin infections may be needed. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of scabies fast?

Scabies tx: 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. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. Second, you will have >. ...Read more

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What did you do to get rid of scabies successfully?

What did you do to get rid of scabies successfully?

Scabies: Scabies is hard to get rid of. You need to make sure that everyone in the gets treated at the same time. All the bed sheets needs to be washed with hot water above 120 degrees. ...Read more

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Good night what home remedy can I use to get rid of scabies for baby that might be affected?

Good night what home remedy can I use to get rid of scabies for baby that might be affected?

NONE!!!: Permethrin is safe and must be used correctly on all exposed people at the same time, including all who live with the index case, even if they have no itch. From the time of initial infestation to the onset of itching can be 2 months. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies to try to get rid of scabies if the cream isn't working that well?!

Scabies : The cream needs to be applied for several hours before rinsing off. Sheets, towels and worn clothes need to be washed in hot water. Note that once you have been treated with the cream, the itching and bumps will persist for several days — these need time to heal. Refrain from scratching to allow for speedy recovery. If the cream was used as directed but didn't work see your doctor. ...Read more

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My kids and I have been trying to get rid of scabies for months. They keep coming back... Help!

Scabies: Not only can these mites be passed from person to person, but they can infest clothing and bedclothes, and eradication of these sources of reinfection needs to be accomplished to ensure that this will resolve. Consult with a pest-control company if you cannot do this yourself. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of scabies?

Difficult: You want to see a dermatologist and get a prescription for a medication like elimite (permethrin). You will tx your whole body once, then repeat in one week. It is also critical to address your clothing linens, etc. Your dermatologist will go into details about how to address each area. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of scabies?

Overnight: Usually one application of anti-scabies cream (usually permethrin) left on overnight will do the trick. You may continue to itch for a while, but that's a 'left-over itch' and does not mean you still have living mites in your skin. Make sure you wash recently used clothing and bed sheets. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully get rid of scabies?

1-2 applications of: Elimite (permethrin) should kill the mites in1-2 appplications. However itching can persist from a reaction to the dead mites and it is advisable to treatthe symptoms with topical or rarely oral steroids. If symptoms persist beyond thecsecond application, oral medication such as Ivermectin may be necessary for resistant cases. ...Read more

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What can I do to fully get rid of scabies in my home?

Clean house: 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 >>. ...Read more

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How to get rid of scabies from my body within a month?

Have it confirmed: Confirmation can lead to a proper treatment and kill off the scabies. Though the scabies die, the skin reaction caused by infestation may remain for weeks. The doc can prescribe the meds to kill it and those to help your skin recover. ...Read more