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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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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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Is toenail fungus with M. Gypseum contagious to other family members? How can I avoid spreading during treatment?

Is toenail fungus with M. Gypseum contagious to other family members?  How can I avoid spreading during treatment?

Spreading is a myth.: In short, dermatophytes are saprophytes - meaning an organism that grows on non living tissue. The nail has to have some sort of damage, thickness, pulling up from the nail bed first for the fungus to get into or under the nail. Unless someone is immunologically compromised, it is very rare to 'pass' the fungus from one person to another. ...Read more

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What’s the best treatment for scabies mites?

What’s the best treatment for scabies mites?

5% permethrin cream: This cream is available by prescription and can be used in children as young as 2 months. The cream should be massaged into the skin from scalp to legs and left on overnight, rinsed off in the morning. All household contacts should be treated. Then wash all your clothing and bedding in hot water. You may need to repeat the cream in 1 week if itching persists. ...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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Contagious (Definition)

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