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Should We Treat For Scabies Preventively If There Was A Case At Daycare
Identify and treat: Scabies is caused by a parasite (mite) that easily spreads from person to person as well as from garments, clothes, towels, etc to persons. Treatment with prescription medicated cream generally solves the problem, along with thorough washing and cleaning of garments, towels, carpets, bedding, etc. With hot water. You may need to temporarily shut down while doing this until everything is cleaned. ...Read more
If I slept in the bed of a person who has scabies, am I going to get scabies? How can I prevent this from happening?
You may: Clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding & towels you've come in contact w). There may be things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. Place them in a big plastic bag & tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because scabies can survive w/o being on a human for 24 to 36 hours. Clean the hard surfaces you have been in contact w (like furniture). Vacuum floors, rugs, mattresses & ...Read more
Help i touched somone with scabies what shoud i do! Can taking a shower prevent scabies from happining? Can I prevent scabies from forming?
Not that contagious: Usually transmission requires more prolonged, closer contact. If you live with this person or have close contact, you should be treated. Even if you have no symptoms. Usually this consists of permethrin 5% cream applied to entire skin from ears to toes, washed off 8 to 24 hours later. This is often repeated 1-2 weeks later. ...Read more
I have no antihistamine at home or lyclear cream to use for my scabies i'm so itchy. What do I have to do to prevent it?
Boyfriend has scabies and so does his sister and brothers. I just started itching today, no rash. Can I use the prescribed cream to prevent it?
Get treated: However consult your doctor for your own Rx as the risk of under treatment is higher if you have to share. Everyone affected should be treated at the same time and depending on how intimate the contact is, attention to linens and clothing items to disinfect them will prevent re infection. I usually recommend stuffing all items in large plastic bag for 3 days, then launder using hot water/dryer. ...Read more
Went to a house where people had scabies & started treatment & cleaned up already because I am on a high grade antibiotic will that help prevent them?
No: Sick children around other children = more sick children. No sugar coating it really - having lots of kids around each other means that germs are spread like wild fire. Keeping healthy and eating well with plenty of rest helps to some extent, but getting illness causing germs in an young child will equal more illness. No real way around that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Getting sick: You can decrease the incidence of illness by washing your hands frequently especially after any contact with children when changing their diapers or wiping their noses. Also, keeping surfaces and toys wiped down with disinfectant wipes will help as well. Lastly, eat healthy and get an appropriate amount of sleep. ...Read more
Doesn't matter much: There are several schools of thought on this. I am personally in the camp that young children will get a certain number of colds no matter what we do, given there is signficant viral activity in the world. Kids exposed to daycare get more frequent colds at first, but then develop their immunity sooner and get fewer colds later. It is a matter of timing in my mind. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What vitamins can I give 21m old to prevent sickness/ help build immune system? She has started daycare and seems to be sick all the time.
Doesn't help: Supplements or vitamins would only be helpful if the kid was deficient in their diet.They do not "boost" anything & end up in their urine within a day.The average preschool kid will have 5-7 URI's & 2-3 episodes of diarrhea/yr. After an initial break in period, they often settle into less frequent illness. Home solo care cuts the numbers some but not by much. ...Read more
What can I do to prevent my 3 month old from getting hand foot mouth disease from his daycare center there is an outbreak there?
Keep him home...: He may have contracted the virus already..The incubation period is about 3-7 days (time from contact to development of disease). So, if he has been home for past week without the fever/rashes etc..Likely he does not have it. It is usually mild and often resolved in 7-10 days. If you dont want him to get it, keep him home until outbreak is over..Consult your doc..Good luck.. ...Read more
Side effect from med: Thos is a side effecr from the treatment and should resolve im.A day or 2. ...Read more
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