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Dr. Robert Jackson
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Docs, usually how long is scabies contagious after treatment?

Dr. Robert Jackson
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Docs, usually how long is scabies contagious after treatment?

Wait: I would wait until your doctor says everything is okay. ...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


Dr. Robert Jackson
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How long does scabies remain contagious after treatment?

Dr. Robert Jackson
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How long does scabies remain contagious after treatment?

Could be: It could be up to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long is scabies contagious after the start of treatment?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Robert Jackson
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How long after first treatment does scabies stop being contagious?

Dr. Robert Jackson
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Better: Better to have 2 treatments one week apart. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Is scabies still contagious after 1st treatment?

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Is scabies still contagious after 1st treatment?

Usually not: if the lotion was used as directed! ...Read more

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Dr. Maria Conwell
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My boyfriend has scabies and his Doctor told him he wasn't contagious cause he has the dead kind. Should I still see my doctor for treatment?

Dr. Maria Conwell
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Yes, if a close contact: Yes, usually close contacts of persons with scabies need to be treated at the same time as the patient. Even if they aren't itching yet because you can still have scabies even though you are not symptomatic. Make sure all linens, bedding, clothes, etc.are laundered in hot water. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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How long after treating scabies is it not contagious anymore?

Dr. James Ferguson
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Less than a day: Public health officials recommend waiting at least 8 hours after standard treatment before public contact by a treated patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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How long does it take for scabies to go away after treatment?

Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Board Certified, Dermatology
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2 weeks: Usually two weeks of treatment would be enough, but "itching" may linger, sometimes, up to months. The itching without "rash" makes some people believe their scabies still presented. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a scabies rash to go away after treatment?

Dr. Srdjan Prodanovich
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How long does it take for a scabies rash to go away after treatment?

Scabies: Although sometimes referred to as the "seven-year itch, " scabies can be effectively treated with killing of the mite sarcoptes scabiei, preventing cross-contamination from a close contact and/or clothes/bedding sheets. Sometimes pruritus may be secondary to postscabetic dermatitis which in turn is secondary to the skin reaction to the scabies infestation that persists after effective eradication. ...Read more

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