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I was the only one diagnosed with scabies and treated. My husband never got it. Could the diagnosis be wrong. They didn't do any tests?

I was the only one diagnosed with scabies and treated. My husband never got it. Could the diagnosis be wrong. They didn't do any tests?

It could be...: but if the treatment worked, that supports the right diagnosis. That said, sometimes rashes improve spontaneously. Scabies is a clinical diagnosis which means most times we don't order tests. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more


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My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? stay away?

Relax: Even if the person you love is crawling with scabies, that's no reason not to snuggle up and be happy together. You can both be treated at the same time. Congratulations on your relationship and best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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What’s the best treatment for scabies mites?

What’s the best treatment for scabies mites?

5% permethrin cream: This cream is available by prescription and can be used in children as young as 2 months. The cream should be massaged into the skin from scalp to legs and left on overnight, rinsed off in the morning. All household contacts should be treated. Then wash all your clothing and bedding in hot water. You may need to repeat the cream in 1 week if itching persists. ...Read more

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What does scabies look like?

Blister,bump, line: Scabies are dark, tiny, crablike insects that burrows under the skin leaving behind waste products that eventually lead to itching. The skin finding may be a small blister, a half inch burrow (line), or bump. Involved skin can become secondarily infected by germs and produce weeping or scabed over areas. ...Read more

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What does scabies look like?

Scabies: The skin shows signs of small insect-type bites, or looks like pimples. The skin may also be red or have sores due to scratching of the area. A burrow (a short s-shaped track that indicates the mite's movement under the skin) may also be visible. The average affected person has only five to 10 mites on their body at a time. See: http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/scabies/page3_em.Htm#scabies symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Definition)

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