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How do you contract the scabies skin parasite?

How do you contract the scabies skin parasite?

Intimate contact: Scabies are typically found in dirty living areas, nursing homes, and college dorms. They are transmitted person to person and through shared linens. ...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


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My coworker has had scabies for a month and refuses to get treated knowing she contracted them. She insists they will die on their own. Totally false?

My coworker has had scabies for a month and refuses to get treated knowing she contracted them. She insists they will die on their own. Totally false?

Totally False!: Scabies are easily transmitted, can affect "very" uncomfortable areas of the body and need to be treated in order to be eradicated! your coworker is unfortunately deluded! ...Read more

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How can you contract scabies?

Contact: Exposure to infected items or contact with an infected person. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract scabies from bedsheets?

Yes: You will have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine) the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent or protect yourself from contracting scabies?

Is there a way to prevent or protect yourself from contracting scabies?

Yes. Stay away: Scabies is contagious and can be caught by contact with someone who has it or comming in contact with their clothing, beddings, towel, furniture, etc. Scabies is caused by a mite which usually dies in a few days if it does not come in contact with human skin. ...Read more

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Child with a confirmed case of scabies gave me a brief hug. Likelihood that I will contract it? Extremely anxious, should I just begin treatment?

Child with a confirmed case of scabies gave me a brief hug.  Likelihood that I will contract it?  Extremely anxious, should I just begin treatment?

Unlikely an issue: A brief hug from an infected kid would provide little chance for transfer of living scabies. After 4 weeks you would have active skin problems. Kids who share bedding, and live in close contact are more likely to share this problem. It is not that easy to pass in a public setting. ...Read more

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How is scabies contracted? I heard that there was a breakout of scabies in a retirement home down the road. How is this condition contracted? .

Not uncommon: Scabies is not that easy to catch but it is common worldwide. It is passed in close home quarters and with sexual contacts via skin to skin contact. Female mites move 2.5 cm/ minute but do not jump or fly. After exposure, mites can enter skin within 30 minutes. A person with scabies needs 20 minutes sustained contact to transmit mites. Infected clothing or sheets as source uncommon but possible. ...Read more

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