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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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Treating Scabies (Checklist)

Seek healthcare professional for evaluation and treatment
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Wash clothes, sheets, towels, etc in warmest water fabric can tolerate
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Avoid exposure to others as best as possible
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Consider treatment sprays for couches, curtains, and other fabrics
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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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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? .

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?

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Mites: Animals can contract sarcoptic mange from mites. Humans can contract scabies from the sarcoptes scarbiei mite. There are two different mites involved. ...Read more

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Treating Scabies (Checklist)

Wash clothes, underwear, towels exposed within 48 hrs of treatment
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Apply Permethrin (Elimite) 5% cream head to toe; wash off 8 hrs later
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Notify other close contacts/sexual partners
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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? .

2 different mites: Humans can transmit scabies which is transmitted by a sarcoptes scarbiei mite. Animals carry a different mite which can cause a form of mange. ...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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Treating Scabies (Checklist)

Use over-the-counter Permethrin 5% cream; read & follow directions
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Treat household members except: under age 2 mos/pregnant/breast feeder
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Launder bedding/clothing if worn within 3 days before treatment
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Launder items in hot water and hot dryer cycles
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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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