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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
2 weeks: Assuming you have been adequately treated, as the mites die, they can cause itching that is even more intense than the original scabies infection. If persistant, call your provider as this can also be a sign of incomplete treatment too. Occasionally, secondary bacterial infection called impetigo develops. If you are having a lot of crusting or oozing, impetigo may be making you itch--get seen. ...Read more
Better: Better to have 2 treatments one week apart. ...Read more
One treatment...: ...With elimite, (permethrin) if applied properly, will kill all the mites and eggs immediately. However, the itching can persist for a couple of weeks after the treatment because your skin is still reacting to the infestation. Also, i usually recommend repeating the Elimite (permethrin) treatment a few days after the initial application, to kill any mites you might have missed or any eggs that may have hatched. ...Read more
After using elimite (permethrin) how long before scabies goes away? How do you know if new ones will form?
Be patient: The cream should kill the scabies within the first day of treatment. However, the skin disruption is caused by a reaction to the mites burrowing under the skin and leaving its debris in the tunnels. It can take two or more weeks for the skin to settle down and begin healing after initial treatment.If concerned a second treatment after a week could catch any stragglers, but is probably unnecessary. ...Read more
Have you any advice on getting rid of scabies? I've had it since last December, I've followed all the guide lines but still have intense itching
Scabies treatment: The main thing is to confirm the diagnosis. If itching alone without visible rash, probably it isn't scabies (even if that's how it started). If you have not been reexamined in the past couple of months, see your doctor now. If you have done that, consider asking for a second opinion. Scabies will eventually respond to appropriate treatment, usually permethrin cream or ivermectin orally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son had scabies an now hes move out how long does it take to go as hes just had a baby with his gf an if I hold baby I mite get it hisbeen treated?
Relax: If he's been treated, and followed the regimen for cleaning his bedding and clothing, etc. you are safe. Congratulations on the grand-baby.. and hugs away. ...Read more
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