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How long can scabies mites live?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology
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In brief: 48-72 hrs

Off the skin , only survives a few days.

In brief: 48-72 hrs

Off the skin , only survives a few days.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: About 1-2 months

After a female scabies mite lays eggs, they hatch 3 days later. Around 2 weeks later, the new mites can find mates.
A fertilized female mite burrows into the upper layer of skin, laying eggs while living inside the burrow, for one month or more.

In brief: About 1-2 months

After a female scabies mite lays eggs, they hatch 3 days later. Around 2 weeks later, the new mites can find mates.
A fertilized female mite burrows into the upper layer of skin, laying eggs while living inside the burrow, for one month or more.
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