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Still very itchy day after scabies treatment. Normal?

Still very itchy day after scabies treatment. Normal?

Yes: Yes, permethrin kills the scabies but does not relieve itching and inflammation. The itching should slowly improve over the coming days if the medication was used correctly and if indeed scabies was the cause of the complaint. ...Read more

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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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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 (diphenhydramine) to alleviate the itching. Feel better. ...Read more

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Been spending time in a hostel. Very itchy feet! when i scratch i see small bumps appear and burning itch! scabies treatment?

Been spending time in a hostel. Very itchy feet! when i scratch i see small bumps appear and burning itch! scabies treatment?

Get it checked: Get it checked by your doctor or a dermatologist it may be scabiees will cause itching other parts of body. Most of time itchy feet are due to sweating of the feet and moistening of the same other causes are athletes feet due to fungus infection called tinea pedis. Tungiasis caused by cotagion infection with pathogen called tunga contact dermatitis other rare causes. ...Read more

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If somebody got diagnosed with scabies and they got the cream treatment after they did the cream treatment they are still itchy. Itchier than before?

If somebody got diagnosed with scabies and they got the cream treatment after they did the cream treatment they are still itchy. Itchier than before?

See a dermatologist: Confirm the diagnosis. Did you use permethrin? Did you use it correctly? All contacts treated? How long ago? Itch from scabies is primarily due to allergy to mites embedded in skin. The allergy is responsible for continued itch after the mites are killed by treatment. Usually there is less itch after 1-2 weeks, but it may take several weeks to gradually abate. You may need topical steroid for ecze. ...Read more

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Got treated for scabies, put permethrin from the neck down last night, but woke up with itchy bites on my side. I think its bites or is from treatment?

Got treated for scabies, put permethrin from the neck down last night, but woke up with itchy bites on my side. I think its bites or is from treatment?

Bites: Keep using the treatment as stated by your doctor, also you should use hot, soapy water to wash all clothing, towels and bedding you used. Dry with high heat. Dry-clean items you can't wash at home. Consider placing items you can't wash in a sealed plastic bag and leaving it in your garage, for a couple of weeks, this will starve the mites. Treatment will take awhile. ...Read more

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Treated for scabies 30 hrs ago with po Ivermectin. I sanitized EVERYTHING. Just broke out w/ new itchy red bumps. Does this mean treatment failed?

Treated for scabies 30 hrs ago with po Ivermectin. I sanitized EVERYTHING. Just broke out w/ new itchy red bumps. Does this mean treatment failed?

Reassess diagnosis: Either it's not scabies, or the source is somewhere you haven't accounted for. See your doc to explore other possibilities such as bed bugs, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, syphilis, or many other diagnoses. ...Read more

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Can a rash from scabies spread after permethrin treatment of the mites are killed? Just did treatment last night, rash on cheek now, not itchy

Can a rash from scabies spread after permethrin treatment of the mites are killed? Just did treatment last night, rash on cheek now, not itchy

Probably not but: Even if the mites are killed, they have left some droppings behind in the skin areas where they had visited. The allergic reaction to the droppings may linger on for a couple of more weeks. However it is uncommon to involve the face and thus the problem may not be scabies. ...Read more

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Dry, cracked, itchy skin between fingers, skin peeling off wrists and arms from itching. Had treatment for scabies and use lotions, both unaffective.

Dry, cracked, itchy skin between fingers, skin peeling off wrists and arms from itching. Had treatment for scabies and use lotions, both unaffective.

Details are everythi: Who said scabies? Distribution and duration of skin symptoms? When treated? How many times? Others also affected? Others treated even if no itch? EXACT details of treatment? If scabies, how did you get it? No answer without these details. ...Read more

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Will i be itchy while the scabies treatments on me?

Will i be itchy while the scabies treatments on me?

Itchy to itch free: You will become more itchy once treatment for scabies has started. Why? Your body is already reacting to the presence of the mites and mite poop. Once treatment starts to work, individual mites get broken down into many particles that the body reacts to even more. Hence, you will itch like crazy for the first 1-2 days on treatment and then you will be itch free! ...Read more

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Will i still breakout after the first scabies treatment?

Not sure what you : Mean by breakout. Sometimes treatment needs to be repeated about a week later. Med prescribed by health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...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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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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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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Nodular scabies treatment, what to do?

Need to see a: physician for prescription medications. See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573456/ or http://pmj.bmj.com/content/81/951/7.full ...Read more

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Is it okay to interact with people after scabies treatment?

Scabies contagious: If one has come in contact with someone that has scabies, they can contract it. For this reason, we often treat those whom have come in contact with persons with active scabies. Those whom have already been treated should not be contagious. ...Read more

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I just washed the scabies treatment off and I'm itching worse than before. Why?

I just washed the scabies treatment off and I'm itching worse than before. Why?

Side Effect: The topical scabies treatments do actually cause itching because they are irritating to the skin itself. You can try topical cortisone 1% as well as zyrtec (cetirizine) antihistamine as needed for itching, then retreat with scabies treatment if not resolved within a week. Good Luck! ...Read more