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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Overview)

Scabies is 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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What are scabies?

What are scabies?

They are mites..: Scabies are mites! the one infesting human are called sarcoptes scabiei var hominis, and have been torturing mankind for over 2500 yrs, dating back to the roman times. They typically burrow under skin, lay their eggs, thus causing the burrows of inflammation and thus intense itching at times-easily treated, but often a missed diagnosis. If u r concernd/having burrow-rashes, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
465 doctors shared insights

Scabies (Overview)

Scabies is 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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Treating Scabies (Tip)

Treating Scabies

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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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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How do you get scabies?

Transmission.: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. ...Read more

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Treating Scabies (Tip)

Treating Scabies

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

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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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How do you know if you have scabies ?

Scabies Symptoms: Scabies produces a skin rash composed of small red bumps and blisters and affects specific areas of the body. Scabies may involve the webs between the fingers, the wrists and the backs of the elbows, the knees, around the waist and umbilicus, the axillary folds, the areas around the nipples, the sides and backs of the feet, the genital area, and the buttocks. ...Read more

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Treating Scabies (Tip)

Treating Scabies

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