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How can you get scabies?
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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Close contact
It is a mite that lives on the body and can be transferred by close bodily contact.
It can take up to 6 weeks to cause symptoms after the contact occurs.

In brief: Close contact
It is a mite that lives on the body and can be transferred by close bodily contact.
It can take up to 6 weeks to cause symptoms after the contact occurs.
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dr. Jennifer Haley
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
But even when 2 people sleep in the same bed and are intimate together, scabies may only infest one of them. It can seem odd who gets them sometimes! Cleaner people who shower often will get milder cases, in general. But even doctors can catch them, just from touching patients.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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