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I've had close contact with a loved one who has Scabies(being treated now). Can a walk-in clinic or doctor write an RX for Permethrin 5% w/w for me?

I've had close contact with a loved one who has Scabies(being treated now). Can a walk-in clinic or doctor write an RX for Permethrin 5% w/w for me?

Yes: The treatment of Scabies includes treating those who have had close contact with an infested person, even if there are no signs of infestation in the exposed individual. A primary care doctor (available in most walk-in clinics) can provide appropriate treatment. Please see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Scabies (Definition)

An itchy skin disease caused ...Read more


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If a friend of mine has tuberculosis and I have been in close contact with him can I catch it?

If a friend of mine has tuberculosis and I have been in close contact with him can I catch it?

Yes .Tell your doc: Of the exposure and get tested and followed or let the county health department know and they will help you. ...Read more

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How do you catch scabies?

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How do you catch scabies?

Person to Person: Scabies are mites that are transmitted by person to person contact, either from adult to adult, adult to child or child to child.. Since scabies can survive for up to three days without a host, there also have been reported instances of scabies being transmitted through wearing or handling heavily-contaminated clothing. Scabies usually results in severe itching of the skin. ...Read more

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How can a person catch scabies?

How can a person catch scabies?

Skin to skin contact: Scabies is a tiny black mite that lives on people, burrowing just under the up top layer of skin. It is most commonly caught through skin to skin contact with another person who has scabies. Can be acquired through sexual intercourse. It can also be acquired from sleeping in the same bed (or sleeping bag) with an infected person, or a bed an infected person recently slept in. ...Read more

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What is the probability of catching scabies if someone else in the family has it?

Good chance: Scabies is actually a tiny insect. It can spread, especially in laundry like clothes and bedding. It can be in carpeting and rugs. You will need to wash everything in hot water, there is some sort of a chemical you can get from the drugstore to add to the wash. Good luck for this itchy situation. ...Read more

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Can you contact scabies from furniture?

Possible: It is possible if a person with a very severe infection sat on the couch, and it was fabric and not cleaned. ...Read more

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Is there any to avoid catching scabies from staying in a hotel?

Not a big risk: Scabies is spread by direct contact with an infected person. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/scabies/gen_info/faqs.html For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How can you get scabies without being in contact with an infected person?

Transmission. : Scabies can be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remain unaffected or not catch scabies when living in an outbreak of scabies in a small city? Or how to survive a scabies outbreak?

Scabies: Scabies is not a dangerous infection. Scabies is caused by a small insect called a mite. It is transmitted by coming into close contact with an infected person or infected bedding, cushions, pillows. Scabies is treated by applying permethrin containing cream from the neck down and washing off in 12 hours. Itching can persist for 1-2 weeks after treatment. ...Read more

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My roommate may have scabies - what are chances of catching it?

Scabies: 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. Usually the person and family member (that means room mate) all need to be treated. ...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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Is it possible for me to catch scabies from sharing bar of soap?

Not likely unless: It was an immediate swap (i.e. Two people being intimate in the shower). Even then, it is quite unlikely. 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. ...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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If I walk around my house barefoot and I have scabies can my family catch it like this ?

Scabies: is easily transmitted from one person to the next. So please cover your feet and avoid direct contact w/others in your household until your doctor has treated and cleared you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I dont ave scabies but my hubby does. Can i contact it if we have sex. Tnx?

Yes: Transmission. 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. ...Read more