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Doctor insights on: I Was Exposed To Scabies At Work How Do I Know If I Have It

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I was exposed to scabies at work. What do I do?

At work?: I don't know what you do for work, but that would be an unusual place to pick up scabies, which usually requires very close contact or sharing clothes or bedsheets. ...Read more

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I work in ems and was exposed to scabies while removing a body. Limited contact to gloves and boot sole. Changed unif/shower. Am i at risk?

Low risk: Unless the body had crusted scabies you are at limited risk if only contact was gloves and boots. Crusted or norweigian scabies is much more contagious and would run a much higher risk of spread. ...Read more

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How long should I avoid work with scabies ?

How long should I avoid work with scabies ?

Scabies: Scabies is generally treated with permethrin as recommended and repeated in 1-2 weeks. As you can become reinfected it is recommended the entire family be treated. It may take up to 4 weeks to obtain a cure. This is a long time to miss work and I would be checked by your physician 1-2 weeks after your initial treatment to see if it may be possible to return to work at that time. ...Read more

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How long will I have to avoid work with scabies?

Avoid close contact: Scabies is an infestation of the skin with mites. It can spread by close contact, sharing clothes and sheets, but is not normally acquired casually. If the rash is mild and limited to covered areas, you might treat it now and return to work the next day. If it is severe or if your work brings you in close contact with people, clothes, or bedding, avoid work until a doctor clears you ...Read more

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I applied to work in a group home for disabled who have scabies, should I be concerned?

Transmission.: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. ...Read more

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What's the definitive way to determine if the scabies treatment works?

Scabies: If scabies treatment is effective, any new bumps as well as itching, should go away. If not, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for scabies cream to work?

A FEW DAYS: Scabies cream very quickly when scabies "bugs"under skin die they release their body contents under and may increase itching for a few days sometimes you have to repeat treatment in a week. ...Read more

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