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My son was treated for scabies two months ago, but it hasn't healed completely, why?

My son was treated for scabies two months ago, but it hasn't healed completely, why?

See physician: If still not healed, needs to be assessed again. May be need more treatment or the diagnosis may need to be re-assessed ...Read more

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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I was the only one diagnosed with scabies and treated. My husband never got it. Could the diagnosis be wrong. They didn't do any tests?

I was the only one diagnosed with scabies and treated. My husband never got it. Could the diagnosis be wrong. They didn't do any tests?

It could be...: But if the treatment worked, that supports the right diagnosis. That said, sometimes rashes improve spontaneously. Scabies is a clinical diagnosis which means most times we don't order tests. ...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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How do I treat scabies?

Several: There are many treatments. See your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to treat scabies?

Who knows?: Most people with scabies are too miserable to experiment with natural therapies that might not work. Even the most ardent fans of "natural therapy" will reach for the harsh chemicals when mites are burrowing under their skin! ...Read more

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Are there home remedies to treat scabies?

Are there home remedies to treat scabies?

No, not really: Elimite (permethrin) is the medication for scabies. A doctor's examination will help make the diagnosis, and then the doctor can prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat scabies and what causes it?

Skin mites: Skin mites (Sarcoptes scabiei) burrow under the skin and cause an inflammatory reaction. Treatment is by prescription and should be done promptly; it can spread to other people. Look at http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/scabies/ for more information. ...Read more

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How do I know I have scabies? What treats it?

How do I know I have scabies? What treats it?

See doctor: Scabies can be diagnosed under microscope. It requires prescription to treat. If you have been exposed and have severe itching at night especially at wrist ankle waist genitals see md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Are medicinal medications used to treat scabies safe?

Safety of scabies RX: The medication usually used for scabies is elimite (permethrin topical). According to epocrates which is a drug based app, the common reactions are burning, pruritus, erythema, and numbness/tingling. No serious reactions have been reported. ...Read more

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What about a microfiber couch, how can you treat that if your child has scabies?

What about a microfiber couch, how can you treat that if your child has scabies?

Steam clean: For such exposure I like to use a steam wand followed by a quick wipe down. The steam will kill most bugs on contact and you can be thorough, getting into crevices, without ruining the fabric. Wipe it down afterwards but there may not be much moisture left. You can use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed drying if an area seems moist afterward. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have active lesions of scabies and you have treated yourself?

How do you know if you have active lesions of scabies and you have treated yourself?

Can't really tell: Can't really tell at first, right after treatment, because the scabies lesions will still itch for a few weeks. So, people generally do 2 treatments and just presume the scabies are all dead. Then, if one is not scratching so hard that he is causing skin lesions, any new lesions seen would be suspicious for remaining bugs or new live scabies. ...Read more

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Currantly being treated for scabies but after three days its getting worse. Any remedies?

Scabies: Good to give meds time to work but itching make take several days to clear. Rec cortisone cream and antihistamines. ...Read more

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Was just wondering how will I know when my scabies are gone? I treated myself. Twice now just to be sure..

Self dxd scabies: How do you know you have scabies in the first place? If you stop itching, and don't start again, then everything is fine. ...Read more

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My girlfriends brother just got diagnosed with scabies. Should I be treated too? She is already being treated as well as her whole family.

My girlfriends brother just got diagnosed with scabies. Should I be treated too? She is already being treated as well as her whole family.

May be: If you have come in Physical contact with him, or if you share the same household with him, if you have shared Linens, clothes, furniture, utensil etc with him and if you are having any unusual itching or skin rashes, you may want to get examined and be treated.
Otherwise by casual contact one does not get scabies.
Hand washing, cleaning clothes & linens in very hot water & soap is advisable ...Read more

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My coworker has had scabies for a month and refuses to get treated knowing she contracted them. She insists they will die on their own. Totally false?

Totally False!: Scabies are easily transmitted, can affect "very" uncomfortable areas of the body and need to be treated in order to be eradicated!
your coworker is unfortunately deluded! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with scabies a month ago. I was treated on the end of december. 2 weeks later, I was in contact w/ my bf. Will he need to be treated?

Maybe: Did you get treated once or twice? We usually recommend 2 applications of the cream, one week apart. If you were only treated once, I suggest he gets treated it too, and you should have 2 consecutive treatments, one week apart if new skin lesions appear. ...Read more

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Are there over-the counter medications to treat scabies?

Are there over-the counter medications to treat scabies?

Scabies: The over the counter topical medication to treat scabies is the generic elimite (permethrin). Make sure you read the insert regarding side effects of the medication. ...Read more

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After being treated for scabies is it normal to feel nauseated?

After being treated for scabies is it normal to feel nauseated?

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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What to do if I had treated for scabies twice, but still itching?

What to do if I had treated for scabies twice, but still itching?

Scabies: After being treated you may still itch for 2 to 4 more weeks until the allergic reaction has completely resolved. ...Read more

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I treated scabies with permetherin, but bites look bigger. What should I do?

I treated scabies with permetherin, but bites look bigger. What should I do?

SCABIES: Common tx of scabies is 5% Permethrin crm. From neck to toe with attention to intense involved areas; remove 8-14 hours by bathing. Scabies cause burrows, a thin gray, red or brown line, 2-15 mm long. Sometimes burrows obscured by vesicles, pustules or bullae. Because scabietic lesions are due to hypersensitivity reaction to mite, itching and bumps sometime get worse during tx. Take some benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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I got told I have scabies I was given cream and treated my family and I now my scabies have spread?

Keep treating: Sometimes it takes several treatments or change of cream to get rid of the infestation. Be sure that you have washed all linens in hot water and put pillows and stuffed toys into plastic bags for a few days (scabies can't live long without humans). I would also vacuum the whole house then throw away that vacuum bag. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some affordable ways to treat scabies with at what are good home remediesor over the counter?

Could you tell me what are some affordable ways to treat scabies with at what are good home remediesor over the counter?

Scabies: 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. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. ...Read more