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How Long Does Excoriations Associated With Scabies Last
See your doctor: These are skin lesions caused by excessive picking or scratching, and it shares some commonalities with ocd. You might start with your family physician, who would want to make sure there's no infection or other illness present. S/he might suggest an ssri to help with this. Low dose Doxepin can help with any itching too. Referral to therapist and/or psychiatrist for more ongoing work on this. ...Read more
Unlikely: From a psychiatric standpoint patients are typically only hospitalized if they represent an acute risk to themselves or others and can not be managed in a less restrictive environment. It is unlikely that a patient with neurotic excoriations would meet such criteria. In fact, while many patients with this condition would benefit from seeing a psychiatrist, most refuse. ...Read more
I have Excoriation Disorder. I am already in therapy, but I am trying to find a way to treat my 'wounds'. Would Triple Paste plus wound dressing work?
Weeks: Can be contagious up to 2 weeks, and some may need retreatment 2 weeks after the initial course of therapy. ...Read more
Depends: In true scabies the mite dies after it is exposed to treatment (permethrin) fairly soon after treatment. However, and this is the gross part, the major reaction is to the scabies droppings left behind. This material is very irritating and causes the characteristic itching one experiences. This particular symptom can take weeks to "cool down" and may require topical or even oral steroids. ...Read more
Problem is Scabies: Can be transmitted indirectly as well as directly. Thus- it can be the gift that keeps on giving. Scabies can take effort to get rid of. 1st, you &all members of family need to be treated. Ivermectin is effective for treating scabies (oral or topical). 2nd, you’ll have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding &towels you have come in contact w. Some things like pillows can’t go in >. ...Read more
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