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Is there a way that I can tell if my child has scabies?

Is there a way that I can tell if my child has scabies?

Small bumps: First, determine if you have been exposed. A positive exposure makes it more likely. There are usually little bumps in linear distribution on flanks and arms/ legs, or often on the hands, knuckles and webbing mainly. It's very itchy. If you suspect this, show your doc to confirm and treat. ...Read more

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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 does a child normally get scabies?

Other People: Scabies is a highly contagious disease usually spread from person to person. Often in crowded situations such as day cares. ...Read more

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Which lesions would you most see in a child with scabies?

Which lesions would you most see in a child with scabies?

Several: , scabs, scratches, bumps, and fluid filled bumps. They are pretty much everywherein babies, and they itch like crazy. ...Read more

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Why does a child get scabies? Is it bc of an uncleanly living space?

Scabies: scabies is caused by an organism called a mite. It is very infectious. It affects people of all races and social classes. It spreads by close bodily contact and is often seen in crowded conditions such as nursing homes, prisons and extended care facilities. The infected person needs to be treated quickly and it is important to wash all the linen, cloths and bedding from an infected person. ...Read more

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What about a microfiber couch, how can you treat that if your child has scabies?

What about a microfiber couch, how can you treat that if your child has scabies?

Steam clean: For such exposure I like to use a steam wand followed by a quick wipe down. The steam will kill most bugs on contact and you can be thorough, getting into crevices, without ruining the fabric. Wipe it down afterwards but there may not be much moisture left. You can use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed drying if an area seems moist afterward. ...Read more

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I am 8 months pregnant and has scabies will it affect the child?

I am 8 months pregnant and has scabies will it affect the child?

No: The baby is floating in a world protected by the placenta and fetal membranes. Even the treatment you put on your skin won't bother the fetus. ...Read more

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Child with a confirmed case of scabies gave me a brief hug. Likelihood that I will contract it? Extremely anxious, should I just begin treatment?

Child with a confirmed case of scabies gave me a brief hug.  Likelihood that I will contract it?  Extremely anxious, should I just begin treatment?

Unlikely an issue: A brief hug from an infected kid would provide little chance for transfer of living scabies. After 4 weeks you would have active skin problems. Kids who share bedding, and live in close contact are more likely to share this problem. It is not that easy to pass in a public setting. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child was diagnosed with scabies. the doctor also did an ear scratching test, is this easy to treat?

What do you suggest if my child was diagnosed with scabies. the doctor also did an ear scratching test, is this easy to treat?

Easy treatment: Scabies is treated with a topical scabicide treatment. The medication is applied to the entire body from the neck down and left in place overnight and rinsed off in the morning. Younger children may need face and neck treatment too. All household members treated. Linens washed in hot water. May need to repeat treatment. Dr. Should advise best medication as age matters. ...Read more

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I am currently 18 weeks pregnant, my co-worker has just been diagnosed with scabies. Can this be harmful to my unborn child? My co-worker has been having the rash for several days

I am currently 18 weeks pregnant, my co-worker has just been diagnosed with scabies.  Can this be harmful to my unborn child? My co-worker has been having the rash for several days

Scabies : Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by the bites of a tiny mite (insect). Scabies is usually contracted by prolonged direct skin to skin contact with another person who has scabies. A hug or handshake is usually not enough contact to catch it. It is frequently sexually transmitted in adults, but doesn't have to be. Sometimes, it is can also spread by sharing clothing, towels or sheets. If you were to catch it, it would be annoying to you, but not harmful to your unborn baby. Even the treatment - Permethrin ointment - is a "category b" medication which means it is safe for use during pregnancy. For more information on scabies, check out the website i added below. If you are concerned you may have scabies or have any additional questions, give your doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more