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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible To Have Scabies And Body Lice At The Same Time

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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How do you get scabies or body lice?

How do you get scabies or body lice?

Contact: Scabies can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact, or through shared bedding, towels, and clothing of an infested person. Body lice are transmitted in a similar way but are very uncommon except in the homeless population. Unlike scabies which burrow under the skin causing an intense itching and inflammatory rash, lice live on the skin and in the clothes of the infested person. ...Read more

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What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

Bumps and itch: Typically red very itchy bumps, and specifically for scabies burrow like rash that is itchy and most commonly in areas of skin folds. ...Read more

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What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

Permethrin: Permethrin is the most effective treatment for scabies. Applied from the neck down, and left on for up to 12 hours, then removed. Ivermectin is an oral medication that can be taken once to treat scabies. Lindane is effective but may cause neurotoxicity and so is used after other remedies have failed. ...Read more

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Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?

Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?

See Allergist: Given you unbearable itching symptoms and rash refractory to topical steroids I would suggest making an appointment to see an allergist for further workup/evaluation. Eczema, contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), etc. are all skin condition that you could be suffering from. Getting workup up by a specialist might provide more answers/treatments. ...Read more

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What is an effective way to treat your vehicle for scabies/head lice?

What is an effective way to treat your vehicle for scabies/head lice?

General cleaning: With lice, only areas where the head has touched are at risk. Would wipe the area down and vacuum it. With scabies it is spread to the environment with direct skin contact. It is unlikely to be an issue in your car. Would recommend general cleaning to the areas as well with wipe down and vacuum. Extreme cleaning in either case is not necessary or indicated. ...Read more

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Does nix (permethrin) lice lotion kill scabies?

Not a good choice: Nonprescription nix (permethrin 1%) is used to treat lice but is not strong enough to cure scabies. Prescription Permethrin 5%(elimite) cream is the most common medication to treat scabies and it works well. Lindane is mentioned in the above answer- it is rarely used now and carries a boxed warning because it has caused seizures and death in some age groups and low weight individuals. ...Read more

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Does derbac m help or get rid of scabies? Or does any other lice lotion help?

Does derbac m help or get rid of scabies? Or does any other lice lotion help?

Not usually: Derbac is malathion; an organophosphorous insecticide used in resistant cases of head lice (over age six years) not usually used in scabies where resistance is rare. Malathion is flammable and made with a base of rubbing alcohol so use on raw skin (as in scabies) would cause stinging and irritation. Scabies is treated with prescription Elimite (permethrin) Permethrin 5% or--less effective oral ivermectin. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more