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How can I remove scabies mites from my house or carpet? Or my clothes?

How can I remove scabies mites from my house or carpet? Or my clothes?

Vacuum; wash clothes: To feel safe after the family had scabies or head lice, one can vacuum everywhere, and wash the washables (sheets, clothes) and dry them with the hot setting if the fabric allows it. Live mainly in one "safe room" that's super clean, and wait 10 days before living in the rest of the home. If extremely worried, repeat the vacuuming and washing once more, before living in the rest of the home. ...Read more

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Mite (Definition)

Any of various small or minute arachnids of the order acarina that are often parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in ...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?

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 long do scabie mites live on your clothes for?

Scabies: Scabies can live as long as 72 hours, on clothes or surfaces, other than people. They die at 122F (50C), for 10 minutes. So, a hot water wash works well. If you cannot wash something, place it in a tightly closed plastic bag, for about a week. They can live 1-2 months on people, without treatment; and are very contagious. ...Read more

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Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Unlikely: Scabies mites do not survive more than 2-3 days away from human skin. Items such as bedding, clothing, and towels used by a person with scabies can be decontaminated by machine-washing in hot water and drying using the hot cycle or by dry-cleaning. Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned can be decontaminated by removing from any body contact for at least 72 hours. ...Read more

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If I have scabies, can my dog spread the mites throughout my house? I'm in treatment but don't want my dog to spread the mites.

If I have scabies, can my dog spread the mites throughout my house? I'm in treatment but don't want my dog to spread the mites.

Yes- have it checked: Scabies can be spread on objects such as articles of clothing or bedsheets- therefore, these mites can be potentially spread on the coat of your dog. Have your dog checked out by a veterinarian and if need be, have your dog treated. ...Read more

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We help the house bound lady take out trash we now think we have scabies or mites what do we do im a 50 yr old male the makes on are arms look just like the photos we have seen on line what do we doo

We help the  house bound  lady take out trash we now think we have scabies or mites what do we do im a 50 yr old male the makes on are arms  look just like the photos we have seen on line what do we doo

Hello. : 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 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). Here is the bad news, if the old lady that you help continues to have untreated scabies; you are likely to keep getting infected from her or things of hers that you are in contact with. Good luck and thankyou for your kindness to others. ...Read more

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Can scabies live off dead skin cells deposited in carpet or mattresses longer than 72 hours without human touch? will Leaving house 3/4days help?

No: It is generally believed that they are not viable after 48-72 hours. Most cases of persistent scabies are from unsuccessfully treated or reinfection from a close contact. ...Read more

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How long do scabies live on your clothes?

How long do scabies live on your clothes?

Scabies: Scabies can live as long as 72 hours, on clothes or surfaces, other than people. They die at 122F (50C), for 10 minutes. So, a hot water wash works well. If you cannot wash something, place it in a tightly closed plastic bag, for about a week. They can live 1-2 months on people, without treatment; and are very contagious. ...Read more

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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