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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Definition)

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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How long is scabies contagious after the start of treatment?

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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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?

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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What’s the best treatment for scabies mites?

What’s the best treatment for scabies mites?

3step Multi-approach: Scabies is a common skin infection and it's spread by direct contact with the scabies germ. #1the best treatment is prevention of contact when possible. #2however, once infection has occurred, the next step is to treat with one of several scabicide (scabies-killing) creams as per provided instructions. #3treatment's not complete however until exposed clothing, bedding etc. Have been cleaned, too. ...Read more

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How will You look after scabies treatment?

The same!: You will probably look about the same as before the treatment, although your skin may feel a little drier. Redness, flaking and scabbing at the sites of the previous scabies infestation will heal with time. Moisturizers should help hasten this process. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for scabies?

Yes: Scabies is treated with a topical over the counter scabicide such as 5% Permethrin (nix, actin, elimite). It is applied over the entire body from the chin to the toes and left on for 8 to 14 hours before washing off. The treatment is repeated 1 week later. After your first Permethrin treatment is completed you can try some calamine lotion and some solarcaine as itching may persist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for scabies treatment to work?

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

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When does the itching stop after treatment from scabies?

When does the itching stop after treatment from scabies?

Scabies: After being treated you may still itch for 2 to 4 more weeks until the allergic reaction has completely resolved. ...Read more

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Scabies treatment failed 3 times, or not scabies, what to do?

Scabies or not.....: A dermatologist or your family doctor can diagnosis scabies accurately. Scabies can cause intense itching which worsens at night. If you check your skin you can see little burrows made by small blisters and bumps in skin folds. Places you might find them include your armpits, inner elbows, between your fingers, on your feet, around the buttocks, genitalia and breasts. ...Read more

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How often after first scabies treatment should you wash laundry?

How often after first scabies treatment should you wash laundry?

Change clothes daily: If worried about remaining live scabies, one can change clothes once a day, and then wash everything once, before doing the second scabies treatment. ...Read more

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Worse itching after treatment for scabies. Why does this happen?

Worse itching after treatment for scabies. Why does this happen?

A couple thoughts: If you overuse scabies medicines it can cause skin irritation. You may itch for several weeks after tx because your skin is still reacting to the mites /feces. ...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 do you know you've gotten rid of scabies or uncontagiouse after starting treatment?

See below: Once scabies is properly treated, no new skin lesion appears. Itching, however. Lingers a little while. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a scabies itch, and an after scabies treatment itch? Or are they both just as severe?

Tough to treat: Scabies are tough to treat. Sometimes it takes 2-3 treatments to fully kill the mites. If you are still having the symptoms you may need an additional treatment. ...Read more

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My dog has scabies. He usually sleeps with me. I have already started the treatment. Can he sleep with me or should I keep him away?

My dog has scabies. He usually sleeps with me. I have already started the treatment. Can he sleep with me or should I keep him away?

Scabies Mites: Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. You are at risk to get mites until your dog is treated. ...Read more

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I am in a dance show and one of the performers self diagnosed herself with scabies. She touches everyone in the show. Should I seek treatment?

I am in a dance show and one of the performers self diagnosed herself with scabies. She touches everyone in the show. Should I seek treatment?

Very contagious: Scabies is caused by a parasite and is very contagious. Contagious means you can get it, though, and doesn't mean you will. It is dreadfully uncomfortable but treatment is readily available. She should seek treatment quickly. ...Read more

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I would like to know can you still have bumps or sours come up after your treated for scabies? Also, I had the bumps come on the last night treatment.

Yes: Yes this can happen because there can be continued itching and sometimes patients will have problems with boils to when they have scabies. See your dermatologist to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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I have scabies and im going through the first treatment but the itching is unberable and I put alchohol on to stop the itching will this cause problem?

I have scabies and im going through the first treatment but the itching is unberable and I put alchohol on to stop the itching will this cause problem?

Scabies - itch: After one had undergone the first treatment, one can use topical steroid creams for itching. Prescription strength creams work best.

Applying alcohol may irritate the skin, can be soothing, but will not affect treatment. ...Read more

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Nodular scabies treatment, what to do?

Need to see a: Physician for prescription medications. See: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573456/ or http://pmj. Bmj. Com/content/81/951/7.full ...Read more

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The best treatment for scabies?

The best treatment for scabies?

2 of them: The cheapest one is a lotion (permethrine) which you have to put on your body from neck to toes. It will kill the parasite but won't stop the itching until 2-3 weeks later. The other one is a pill you have to take. Same as the other one, it won't stop the itching. You need another medication for it. Wash all the bed linen and the clothes you were wearing in hot water to avoid reinfestation. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for scabies?

What is the treatment for scabies?

Permethrin: Scabies is caused by the mite sarcoptes scabiei. They tunnel under the skin and spread all over. They are very active and readily spread from person to person. The treatment is to apply permethin once overnight and repeat in one week if necessary. Post scabetic itching is treated with topical steroids. Sheets and pillow cases are washed the next morning. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

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