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Is there a difference between a scabies itch, and an after scabies treatment itch? Or are they both just as severe?

Is there a difference between a scabies itch, and an after scabies treatment itch? Or are they both just as severe?

Tough to treat: Scabies are tough to treat. Sometimes it takes 2-3 treatments to fully kill the mites. If you are still having the symptoms you may need an additional treatment. ...Read more

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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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How will You look after scabies treatment?

How will You look after scabies treatment?

The same!: You will probably look about the same as before the treatment, although your skin may feel a little drier. Redness, flaking and scabbing at the sites of the previous scabies infestation will heal with time. Moisturizers should help hasten this process. ...Read more

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How long does it take for scabies treatment to work?

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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How often after first scabies treatment should you wash laundry?

How often after first scabies treatment should you wash laundry?

Change clothes daily: If worried about remaining live scabies, one can change clothes once a day, and then wash everything once, before doing the second scabies treatment. ...Read more

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Scabies treatment failed 3 times, or not scabies, what to do?

Scabies or not.....: A dermatologist or your family doctor can diagnosis scabies 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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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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Plz is it adviseable to sleep wit your hubby while still on scabies treatment?

Plz is it adviseable to sleep wit your hubby while still  on scabies treatment?

By all means: Don't miss a night. The treatment kills the mites rapidly, and the small chance of transmission isn't worth spending a night apart. Congratulations on your having one another. Cherish it. ...Read more

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Why is it that I am so much more itchy after scabies treatment yesterday? It was my first treatment. I do it again next week. I used to be medium itchy, now I'm severely itchy.

Why is it that I am so much more itchy after scabies treatment yesterday? It was my first treatment. I do it again next week.  I used to be medium itchy, now I'm severely itchy.

Itching: After scabies treatment, the body of the arthropods stay in the skin & your body is reacting to it, you might continue to itch until the body is completely resolved, you can use OTC hydrocortisone cream & zyrtic or benadryl to alleviate the itching. Feel better. ...Read more

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