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How do you catch scabies?

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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology

In brief: Usually

Usually from another person, but can get from towels bedding.

In brief: Usually

Usually from another person, but can get from towels bedding.
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