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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?

Scabies: Fine rash on the body, scratching more at night. Also there will be rash in the webs of the fingers, lot of itching- think about scabies and verify with your doc. ...Read more

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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 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?

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

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How did my baby get scabies?

Skin to skin: Scabies is a parasite that causes a very itchy skin rash. You contract scabies by touching someone who has it, or by sharing clothing or bedding with someone who has scabies. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have scabies?

Med eval: Your doctor or a dermatologist can make an accurate diagnosis for you. 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 to tell if you have scabies?

Diagnosing scabies: Scabies is an infestation with a microscopic mite. It generally itches worse at night, and involves the spaces between fingers, underarms, waistline, and groin. I will treat proactively with a history of 2-3 weeks of itch, worse at night, and not responsive to topical measures. Family members itching helps clinch the diagnosis. The skin test is too unreliable, which is why i treat on history alone. ...Read more

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How can you know if a baby has scabies?

How can you know if a baby has scabies?

Itchy rash: If your baby has an itchy rash it is possible. Infants typically have excoriation between fingers and toes and in diaper area. Rashes are difficult to diagnose without seeing therefore it is best if you schedule an appointment with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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Tell me what is scabies and what causes it?

Scabies cause: Scabies is caused by an infestation of a mite that lives in and burrows into the skin. It presents as an extremely itchy eruption on the body. Often areas like the waistline, around the bellybotton and between the fingers and toes can be worst. ...Read more

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Please please help me! my cousin and her baby have scabies!?

Please please help me! my cousin and her baby have scabies!?

Scabies: Scabicide lotion or cream should be applied to all areas of the body from the neck down to the feet and toes. In addition, when treating infants and young children, scabicide lotion or cream also should be applied to their entire head and neck because scabies can affect their face, scalp, and neck, as well as the rest of their body. The lotion or cream should be applied to a clean body. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if i found out i might have scabies?

Get accurate: diagnosis first. Scabies is a contagious disease spread by mites (Sarcoptes Scabiei) that burrows into the skin and lays eggs. Symptoms of scabies can include very thin lines noted on the skin, rash between the finger, sores from scratching and itching which is worse at night. Scabies can take effort to get rid of. 1st, you & all members of family need to be treated. Ivermectin is effective for > ...Read more

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How to know if my baby has scabies?

Medical Eval: Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, feet, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks & genitalia. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could fuicide cream remove scabies?

No - it will not.: Fucidin cream & ointment (fusidic acid) are topical antibiotics & will not kill scabies. ...Read more