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How Do You Contract Scabies
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?
Yes: You will have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine) the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with. ...Read more
Possibly: It could happen. Direct person to person contact is however more frequent. ...Read more
Can i get scabies from contact with a wild animal? Are there any animals that can contract scabies? I heard that house pets cannot, is this true?
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
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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