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A coworker has scabbies. 2 questions is it contagious and what if they do not treat it?

A coworker has scabbies. 2 questions is it contagious and what if they do not treat it?

No risk: You are not at risk for scabies, which is not transmitted by non-intimate contact, such as sharing an office, shaking hands, etc. As long as you don't share clothing or a bed and are not sex partners, you needn't worry. ...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


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My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? stay away?

My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? stay away?

Relax: Even if the person you love is crawling with scabies, that's no reason not to snuggle up and be happy together. You can both be treated at the same time. Congratulations on your relationship and best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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How long is scabies usually contagious for?

How long is scabies usually contagious for?

Long: As long as the person still has the active lesions which contain scabies, he/she is contagious to other people anytime he/she comes in (close) contact with. ...Read more

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Was i contagious before i had symptoms of scabies?

Was i contagious before i had symptoms of scabies?

Not likely: Scabies are mites that burrow under the upper layer of skin. You aren't infected until they show up and burrow in, so wouldn't be infectious either. It's not like a cold virus. ...Read more

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Scabies medication applied, am i still contagious?

maybe: Sometimes the treatment must be repeated .Best to check with your physician and be examined to make sure, . Good luck. ...Read more

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My roommate has scabies, Is it contagious? Do I have it too?

Scabies = contagious: 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. You may or may not have scabies at this time. ...Read more

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Brother has been diagnosed with scabies now. Is this contagious?

Brother has been diagnosed with scabies now. Is this contagious?

It is contagious: From person to person but usually not with casual contact in most cases. ...Read more

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Is my itching contagious from scabies?

Is my itching contagious from scabies?

Scabies=contagious: Scabies are mites! the ones infesting human are called sarcoptes scabiei var hominis, and have been torturing mankind for over 2500 yrs, dating back to the roman times. They typically burrow under skin, lay their eggs, thus causing the burrows of inflammation and thus intense itching at times-easily treated, but often a missed diagnosis. If u r concernd/having burrow-rashes, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more