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Scabies??????


i think i might have scabies but im not sure. I have bumps that appear on my hands and wrists and sometimes around my knees, they go away when i take benadryll but keep comming back. could this be scabies.
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can anyone die having scabies? how long can scabies live on ur body?!?! pla tell me!!!!!!
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Scabies has nothing to do with hygiene. You catch them from intimate contact with either a person who has been infected or thing like hotel sheets or a towel. Scabies can live up to 4 days off of a human body. The female burrows into your skin and lays eggs. If you get infected see a dermatologist. To protect yourself fro scabies when in a hotel use www.allersac.com  (+ info)

SCABIES?????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?


I am a total clean-freak... I drive my husband nuts about how much I clean. Well, to make a long story short, we just literally started our two preschoolers (ages 3 and 4) in daycare. Two weeks into it, our daughter comes home with small itchy red bumps on her "booty" and as days went by, it became much worse and even spread up her back and down her legs. We then took her in to see a doctor and he said that he thinks it may be scabies!!!!!!

When the doctor explained what this was, I freaked!!!!! Our son, who attends the same daycare is fine and even sleeps right next to our daughter.

The doctor gave us some cream to put on her and said that the cream should kill the scabies.

My question is, how did she get this (daycare doesn't know) and why hasn't our son gotten this who sleeps right next to her and attends the same daycare??

It's been 2 weeks now and she is still itching a bloody bottom. Can this really be scabies???

Also, can you actually SEE Scabies if you look closely (like lice?)

Thanks for any help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Scabies are not visible to the naked eye, though sometimes you can see the burrow track (which is very thin like a hair). Scabies is often misdiagnosed and it can be heat rash or eczema as they look similar. It does seem likely that your son could catch it in this setting but it also may take 2-6 weeks for symptoms to show. It sounds like the daycare is not reporting any other cases (though they may be afraid of losing customers). Also the rash can still continue for a few weeks after treatment so it isn't always easy to tell if it is just the residual effects, a different rash or a possible reinfestation.

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How do you become infected with scabies?


If I share socks with someone who has scabies, will I get the infection on my feet, or does the location have nothing to do with it?

Is it possible to get scabies from a toilet seat?

Is scabies dangerous?
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Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in hospitals, institutions, child-care facilities, and nursing homes.

* Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades.
* Intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body.
* Sores on the body caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria.




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Scabies
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* What is scabies?
* What are the signs and symptoms of scabies infestation?
* How did I get scabies?
* Who is at risk for severe infestation?
* How long will mites live?
* Did my pet spread scabies to me?
* How soon after infestation will symptoms begin?
* How is scabies infestation diagnosed?
* Can scabies be treated?
* Who should be treated for scabies?
* How soon after treatment will I feel better?

What is scabies?

Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in hospitals, institutions, child-care facilities, and nursing homes.
What are the signs and symptoms of scabies infestation?

* Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades.
* Intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body.
* Sores on the body caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria.

How did I get scabies?

By direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person already infested with scabies. Contact generally must be prolonged (a quick handshake or hug will usually not spread infestation). Infestation is easily spread to sexual partners and household members. Infestation may also occur by sharing clothing, towels, and bedding.
Who is at risk for severe infestation?

People with weakened immune systems and the elderly are at risk for a more severe form of scabies, called Norwegian or crusted scabies. Scabies is spread more easily by persons who have Norwegian, or crusted, scabies than by persons with other types of scabies.
How long will mites live?

Once away from the human body, mites usually do not survive more than 48-72 hours. When living on a person, an adult female mite can live up to a month.
Did my pet spread scabies to me?

No. Pets become infested with a different kind of scabies mite. If your pet is infested with scabies, (also called mange) and they have close contact with you, the mite can get under your skin and cause itching and skin irritation. However, the mite dies in a couple of days and does not reproduce. The mites may cause you to itch for several days, but you do not need to be treated with special medication to kill the mites. Until your pet is successfully treated, mites can continue to burrow into your skin and cause you to have symptoms.
How soon after infestation will symptoms begin?

For a person who has never been infested with scabies, symptoms may take 4-6 weeks to begin. For a person who has had scabies before, symptoms appear within several days.
How is scabies infestation diagnosed?

Diagnosis is most commonly made by looking at the burrows or rash. A skin scraping may be taken to look for mites, eggs, or mite fecal matter (scybala) to confirm the diagnosis. Even if a skin scraping or biopsy is taken and returns negative, it is still possible that you may be infested. Typically, there are fewer than 10 mites on the entire body of an infested person; this makes it easy for an infestation to be missed. However, persons with Norwegian, or crusted, scabies can be infested with thousands of mites and should be considered highly infectious.
Can scabies be treated?

Yes. Several creams or lotions that are available by prescription are FDA-approved to treat scabies. Always follow the directions provided by your physician or the directions on the package label or insert. Apply the medication to a clean body from the neck down to the toes. After leaving the medication on the body for the recommended time, take a bath or shower to wash off the cream or lotion. Put on clean clothes. All clothes, bedding, and towels used by the infested person during the 3 days before treatment should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. A second treatment of the body with the same cream or   (+ info)

What is the probability of catching scabies in this situation?


If you have a roommate that has scabies, what are the chances of getting scabies if your towels are touching eachother in the bathroom, or hamper, etc...?

How easy is it to get scabies without having sex??
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You can absolutely get scabies without sex. If your towels, clothing or bedsheets are in close contact, it can be passed. Scabies is amazingly contagious!

If your room mate has them and is getting treated, YOU SHOULD TOO! Otherwise, you likely will get them and just pass them back to him. Unfortunately, you won't know for about 2-4 weeks after you get them that you have them, since the itching doesn't start until the first eggs hatch.

Treat yourself! Scabies suck!  (+ info)

Scabies how to kill the ones in the home after personal treatment?


My brothers kids got scabies from school. He took the kids to the doctor and got med's for it.
AFTER the treatment and a thorough cleaning of the house without using pesticide the critters cam back after a week.
What pesticide works to get these scabies out of the carpet and other places in the house.We want them eliminated.
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Borax powder works pretty well, it will tell you how to use it in many diferent things at home.  (+ info)

Do natural remedies for scabies really work?


I have scabies still after 3 treatements of premethrin 5%. I read on the internet where it is really hard to get rid of scabies and that the prescription meds usually do not work. Would it be a waste of time and money to try one of the natural remedies I see advertised. Also, what can I spray on my mattress and furniture that will kill the scabies? Please help, I'm going bananas over this!
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the medication should have worked if you did it properly. go back to your doctor and tell them it isn't working.  (+ info)

How long is scabies contagious after treatment?


I was diagnosed with scabies a few weeks ago. I have a 4 month old baby sister and I don't want her to get it. So if i'v had it for maybe a month could she get it. So really my question is how long is scabies contagious after treatment. Thanks for th great answers!
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My younger sister just had this, she doesnt live with me, but the doctor informed her that MOST cases of scabies are no longer contagious after 24 hours of treatment...so as long as you are being treated for it...your defintily probably not contagious anymore/  (+ info)

When you have Scabies, they say to put bleach in the wash. How do you keep from ruining your clothes w bleach


You aren't suppose to use color safe bleach are you because the Scabies can live through it? Having a tough time with getting the Scabies out of my clothes.
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Just use hot, sudsy water on all your sheets, pillow cases, mattress covers, curtains, loose rugs, clothing, no need for bleach, the hot sudsy water will kill them, also wash towels face clothes.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of scabies or body lice?


I'm having a debate with someone at work, he has little tiny bumps on his legs and feet and they look like ant bites without the little puss bumps. How do you get scabies or body lice?
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Scabies are caused by little insects that burrow under you're skin, and lay eggs. The symptoms are red itchy bumps on you're skin that are usually have puss coming out of them. You get lice from wild animals like squirrels, and birds, and the symptoms are, itchy scalp and you will notice little bugs in you're hair.  (+ info)

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