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Can you get scabies without an itch?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: Scabies

If a person has never had scabies before, symptoms may take as long as 4-6 weeks to begin.
It is important to remember that an infested person can spread scabies during this time, even if he/she does not have symptoms yet. In a person who has had scabies before, symptoms usually appear much sooner (1-4 days) after exposure. Symptoms always include itching.

In brief: Scabies

If a person has never had scabies before, symptoms may take as long as 4-6 weeks to begin.
It is important to remember that an infested person can spread scabies during this time, even if he/she does not have symptoms yet. In a person who has had scabies before, symptoms usually appear much sooner (1-4 days) after exposure. Symptoms always include itching.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Scabies is a mite (a bug that is a parasite because it burrows into a person's skin), and it keeps tunneling along just under the surface of the skin.
It is reported to be one of the itchiest skin problems known. Probably the only people who can get scabies without an itch are people without skin sensation where the scabies are burrowing, such as people with spinal cord paralysis.

In brief: No

Scabies is a mite (a bug that is a parasite because it burrows into a person's skin), and it keeps tunneling along just under the surface of the skin.
It is reported to be one of the itchiest skin problems known. Probably the only people who can get scabies without an itch are people without skin sensation where the scabies are burrowing, such as people with spinal cord paralysis.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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