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We help the house bound lady take out trash we now think we have scabies or mites what do we do im a 50 yr old male the makes on are arms look just like the photos we have seen on line what do we doo

We help the  house bound  lady take out trash we now think we have scabies or mites what do we do im a 50 yr old male the makes on are arms  look just like the photos we have seen on line what do we doo

Hello. : Hello. If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies (either oral or topical). Second, you will have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with). There may be some things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. You can put them in a big plastic bag and tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because scabies can survive without being on a human for 24 to 36 hours. Also clean all the hard surfaces you have been in contact with (like furniture). Here is the bad news, if the old lady that you help continues to have untreated scabies; you are likely to keep getting infected from her or things of hers that you are in contact with. Good luck and thankyou for your kindness to others. ...Read more

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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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Red, very itchy rash on forearms. Have photos. diag as contact dermatitis but could it be scabies? don't see burrows or tracks

Red, very itchy rash on forearms. Have photos.  diag as contact dermatitis but could it be scabies? don't see burrows or tracks

Try: a virtual consult. Since the forum is for general questions, your question is more appropriate for one-on-one encounter; in which case photos can be shared. There are several common causes for itchy rash like this and answering a few questions will certainly help to clarify what is likely. ...Read more

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Was i contagious before i had symptoms of scabies?

Was i contagious before i had symptoms of scabies?

Not likely: Scabies are mites that burrow under the upper layer of skin. You aren't infected until they show up and burrow in, so wouldn't be infectious either. It's not like a cold virus. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

Similar symptoms: Scabies occur usually on wrists, between fingers, groin, axilla, buttocks and neck. Eczema usually occurs on backs of knees, flexural folds, hands and neck. Sometimes eczema and scabies can look similar. You need to be seen by a skin doctor to get a scraping if you think you might have scabies. ...Read more

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Hi docs, is it true that scabies symptoms are always present and if they're gone that means you're okay?

Hi docs, is it true that scabies symptoms are always present and if they're gone that means you're okay?

Here's the problem--: 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. t requires effort to get rid of Scabies. 1st, you & all members of your household need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. 2nd, clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding & towels you've come in > ...Read more

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Can one or more people in a home have scabies and others not be infected. With no signs or symptoms months after first person showed signs.

Possible.: Scabies is highly contagious, but spreading requires skin-to-skin contact. If you have had no direct contact with the infested person(s), it is possible to avoid infestation. But we usually recommend that all household members use Permethrin at least once if anyone in the house is infested. This assumes, of course, that the correct diagnosis was made, by a dermatologist or other experienced md. ...Read 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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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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