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Doctor insights on: Scabies Reinfection Symptoms

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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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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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Is it true that it takes 21 days before symptoms appear and you know you have scabies?

Is it true that it takes 21 days before symptoms appear and you know you have scabies?

Scabies: Sensitization to scabies begins 2-4 weeks after the onset of infection. During this time the parasites may be on the skin and may burrow into it without causing pruritus or discomfort. Severe itching begins with sensitization of the host. (andrew's diseases of the skin clinical dermatology). ...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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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 difference symptom and look wise between scabies and contact dermatitis?

What is the difference symptom and look wise between scabies and contact dermatitis?

Scabies: Scabies has the following:itching, especially at night
rashes, especially between the fingers
sores (abrasions) on the skin from scratching and digging
thin, pencil-mark lines on the skin
mites may be more widespread on a baby's skin, causing pimples over the trunk, or small blisters over the palms and soles.
In young children, the head, neck, shoulders, palms, and soles are involved. ...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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My spouse and I were diagnosed with scabies. After several treatments, he/she still has symptoms while I am cured. Why?

Scabies: Several possibilities. Some people develop an allergy to the scabies even though they are killed, they can cause allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello, would you please look at my symptoms and tell me if you think this sounds like scabies? I am desperately worried about causing an outbreak

???????????????????: Any question you post on the public site must include all relevant information. The docs do not have access to any information you may have posted in a personal profile. Your listing on the site gives gender, age and location. The public site is not a chat room, so your submissions are not linked. You can try HT prime which permits private consults. ...Read more

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Can scabies supplements ease pinworm symptoms?

Can scabies supplements ease pinworm symptoms?

No; Dr. Can evaluate: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research). One can ask the doctor for scabies treatment and pinworms treatment (different prescription medications are needed). ...Read more

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Can scabies infection make you feel run down and anxious? What other physical symptoms could it present?

Just itching: Mostly, scabies just itches. A lot. Any affliction can make you anxious if you worry/obsess about it, but a scabies infestation (yes, it's an infestation, not an infection) gets no deeper than the upper layers of skin, and cannot by itself cause systemic symptoms such as anxiety or malaise. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of scabies? What is the very first signs and symptoms that define a rash as a scabies rash? .

Itch: Scabies tend to create burrows and small red bumps in the skin, often found in underarms, belly button and inter digit web spaces. In infants, buttocks are commonly involved. Your doctor can diagnose this by finding scabies mite on skin scraping. They typically don't affect the face or scalp, so treatment is usually topical Elimite (permethrin) applied to every inch of your skin from neck down. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of scabies? What is the very first signs and symptoms that define a rash as a scabies rash? .

What are the first symptoms of scabies? What is the very first signs and symptoms that define a rash as a scabies rash? .

Itching.: The essential lesion is a small, erythematous papule, often excoriated and tipped with hemorrhagic crusts. It is not a dramatic lesion and not always easy to see. The burrow is most specific, a thin, grayish, reddish, or brownish line that is 2 to 15 mm long. The sides and webs of fingers, wrist folds, outer elbows, groin, buttocks, and feet are common areas of involvement. ...Read more

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Mom and I getting bites but no bugs seen. Resulted in severe itchiness. Scabies suspected but no classic symptoms. What else could it be?

Mom and I getting bites but no bugs seen. Resulted in severe itchiness. Scabies suspected but no classic symptoms. What else could it be?

See a doctor: This question requires an in-person exam by a doctor, and depends on what other possible exposures you and your mother have. It's nigh impossible to make an educated guess about this on a forum like this. ...Read more

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Can scabies cause other symptoms like feeling run down an anxious? The doctor said it was scabies and not herpes but I'm still nervous.

Can scabies cause other symptoms like feeling run down an anxious? The doctor said it was scabies and not herpes but I'm still nervous.

Technically no: But the fact that you have scabies may have been emotionally upsetting and that can make one feel nervous and run down. If it persists, then see your doctor. You may need some abs...Sometimes anemia or nutrient deficiencies can also make one feel run down. Anxiety definitely wears on out as well.... ...Read more

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If I had public lice of scabies, what sort of symptoms could I expect? Would you have bites on hand and penis?

Itching: Scabies shows up as tiny bites but the "bugs" are too small to see. The bites can be anywhere on the body, including the back of the hand (not so much the palm) and the penis. With lice, you can see the tiny white bugs. They don't tend to produce visible bites. They are in the hair - scalp or pubic. ...Read more

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My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? Stay away?

Relax: Even if the person you love is crawling with scabies, that's no reason not to snuggle up and be happy together. You can both be treated at the same time. Congratulations on your relationship and best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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What is scabies?

Scabies: Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin condition caused by an infestation by the itch mite sarcoptes scabiei. Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission. ...Read more

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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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Are scabies white.

Scabies: Scabies in people is cause by a mite called Sacroptes Scabieivar. Hominis. Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made w 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. You aren't likely to see mites. ...Read more

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What are are scabies?

What are are scabies?

Infesting parasite: Scabies is a common infestation caused by the arthropod sarcoptes scabiei. The mite is transmitted via prolonged direct human contact. The main presenting symptoms include rash and severe itching. If you think you might have scabies, please see your doctor and get treatment soon! ...Read more