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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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What's the definitive way to determine if the scabies treatment works?

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 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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Good night what home remedy can I use to get rid of scabies for baby that might be affected?

Good night what home remedy can I use to get rid of scabies for baby that might be affected?

NONE!!!: Permethrin is safe and must be used correctly on all exposed people at the same time, including all who live with the index case, even if they have no itch. From the time of initial infestation to the onset of itching can be 2 months. ...Read more

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There is an outbreak of scabies at my work.I am pregnant and they won't give me treatment for it.What should I do?

There is an outbreak of scabies at my work.I am pregnant and they won't give me treatment for it.What should I do?

See a Dermatologist: There are alternatives to traditional scabies tx such as topical sulfur and depending on where you are in your pregnancy , you may be able to try other topical treatments. ...Read more

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I had scabies and doctor have prescribed me with this medicine and treatment that does not work please help me to treat this disease?

Permethrin cream: You need to use a cream that treats the mite overnight, spreading it over your whole body. Sometimes you may need to retreat in 1 week. If you can't seem to get it to go away, you might be re catching it from family or furniture. Sheets should be washed in very hot laundry, furniture sanitized with special cleaner, and all family should be treated at the same time, to eliminate scabies completely. ...Read more

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What home remedy can I use to relieve itching. Nothing is working and scabies cream had a bad reaction. Dermatologist appt in December. Not helping me right now?

What home remedy can I use to relieve itching. Nothing is working and scabies cream had a bad reaction. Dermatologist appt in December. Not helping me right now?

Dermatologist is: the best way to go. In the meanwhile, think about possible changes you may have made in your laundry detergent, clothing, etc. Food sensitivities and low B12 are also possibilities. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Took permethrin for scabies rash. Initial rash has cleared but new rashes are forming in new spots on my body. Did the treatment not work?

Took permethrin for scabies rash.  Initial rash has cleared but new rashes are forming in new spots on my body.  Did the treatment not work?

See below: It's recommended to receive two treatments with 5% Permethrin 1 week apart. Make sure that you treat your whole body from chin to toes and leave the Permethrin on your skin for 8 to 14 hours before washing it off. ...Read more

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My doctor diagnosed me with scabies. She told me to go buy Rid lice treatment. But if it didn't work to fill a script she gave. They were oral medication I took for only 7 days. I done one treatment, took all 7 pills then done another Rid treatment. My la

Very confusing: Rid is not a treatment for scabies. You fail to note the name of the pills or the name of the "prescription." Sounds like you need a better DR. If you really have scabies, ivermectin pills are a single dose with one more dose 2 weeks later. Permethrin cream is used once all over the skin, then repeated in 1 or 2 weeks. All contacts are treated, even if not itchy. From first treatment to absence of ...Read more

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