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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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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?

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

Contagious (Definition)

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