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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Overview)

A skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has burrowed through the skin.


Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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How do you catch scabies?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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How do you catch scabies?

Person to Person: Scabies are mites that are transmitted by person to person contact, either from adult to adult, adult to child or child to child.. Since scabies can survive for up to three days without a host, there also have been reported instances of scabies being transmitted through wearing or handling heavily-contaminated clothing. Scabies usually results in severe itching of the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Overview)

A skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has burrowed through the skin.


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How does scabies travel?

How does scabies travel?

Direct contact: Scabies is transmitted by direct contact of skin to skin, or to something that infested skin has contacted (i.e., sharing bedding, clothing, towels, etc). ...Read more

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Scabies (Tip)

Norwegian scabies is a hardier species of scabies that causes "crusted scabies". ...See more

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Treating Scabies (Checklist)

Seek evaluation and treatment from a healthcare professional
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Wash clothes, sheets, towels, etc in warmest water fabric can tolerate
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Avoid exposure to others as much as possible
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Consider treatment sprays for couches, curtains, and other fabrics
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What is the most common symptom of scabies?

What is the most common symptom of scabies?

Itching: The most common symptom of scabies is intense itching, usually at night. You may also experience rash, sores, and superficial "pencil-mark" lines on the skin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of scabies in a male?

SCABIES: A dermatologist or your family doctor can make this diagnosis 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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Scabies (Tip)

Scabies causes itching, but treatment of scabies may actually make the itching worse for a while. ...See more

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What are signs of scabies?

What are signs of scabies?

Skin lesions: Skin papules with burrows are seen . Also signs of itching. ...Read more

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Possible for a doctor to wrongly diagnose scabies? Been itchy for 6 monthsno rash at all, my partner had just been told he has them but no rash either

Often misdiagnosed: Scabies is frequently misdiagnosed, especially by non dermatologists. Sometimes, the skin can be scraped and a mite found under the microscope, often a female with an egg inside it. Treatment sometimes does not work well, or make take weeksf or the itching to stop. A skin biopsy may be helpful, read by an expert skin pathologist. Oral treatment with Ivermectin pills usually works to skill mites. ...Read more

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Scabies (Tip)

Scabies often needs a second treatment round. ...See more

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Is there a test for scabies or do they just look for infection?

Is there a test for scabies or do they just look for infection?

The look is the test: If the rash is not obvious, they can scrape the affected skin and look for mites and eggs under the microscope. ...Read more

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Wat tests do doctors do to see if some one has scabies?

Wat tests do doctors do to see if some one has scabies?

Visual inspection: Sorry, no advanced technology needed for this diagnosis, which is made by seeing the organism or their eggs at the base of the hairs they reside on. ...Read more

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What are the ways to eliminate the longtime scars caused by scabies?

What are the ways to eliminate the longtime scars caused by scabies?

Sorry, you cannot: Scars that have been there a long time are permanent and will not go away with time, cannot be excised without causing more scars, do not go away with laser or any other treatments. If they are still pink, not completely mature, try the ultimate scar formula silicone gel by md performance professional skin care http://mdperformance.Com/store/products/category/silicone-scar-formula/. ...Read more

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If scabies rash is disappearing does it mean it is healing or not and the crawling sensation is it active scabies or it can be post scabies?

If scabies rash is disappearing does it mean it is healing or not and the crawling sensation is it active scabies or it can be post scabies?

Creeping: The itching and the creeping senstation under the skin can persist sometimes for weeks, after the scabies has been treated. Make sure you applied the cream 2 times, a week apart for proper eradication and use a moisturizer and oral antihistamines for the itch. ...Read more

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Scabies (Tip)

Do wash bedding, towels, and clothing in hot water and treat close contacts at the same time. ...See more

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Are medicinal medications used to treat scabies safe?

Safety of scabies RX: The medication usually used for scabies is elimite(permethrin topical). According to epocrates which is a drug based app, the common reactions are burning, pruritus, erythema, and numbness/tingling. No serious reactions have been reported. ...Read more

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Is it true that benzyl benzoate treats scabies?

Yes: Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...Read more

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Scabies (Tip)

Do use permethrin cream as directed. Don't forget to wash all clothes and sheets in hot, hot water. ...See more