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What are scabies? How do you catch scabies? How do you get rid of scabies


Question Posted Friday October 2 2009, 1:04 am

My aunt has scabies and is really freaking her out, according to my mom. What are scabies anyway? How did my aunt get scabies and how do you get rid of it? I've never seen what scabies look like but I am curious so does anyone have a picture of them or it that I could check out?

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Daintree answered Friday October 2 2009, 5:35 pm:
Hi I found out I had them 6 mths ago talk about itchy I thought I was having a reaction to the bath products but it got so bad I went to Dr & I was horrified to hear I had scabies. They are a tiny microsopic arachnid Which is 8 legged mite that live under the skin surface. the itch comes from them moving around. The first sign is small pimple like blisters this is the eggs. They lay thier eggs in the crease parts of the body not on the head for some reason. To get rid of them You need a specific lotion from chemist that kills them you may need a perscription. My husband had to paint my entire body front arms legs feet hands fingers let it dry 5 minutes turn over and do back bum legs feet toes. except pubic area 3 nights in a row. This cured the problem. You can contract them anywhere. where there is an infestation touching someone who has them etc apparently they are contagious if you touch the eggs they are microscopic so you would't know till the symthoms start.hope this helps

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RealLifeComonSense answered Friday October 2 2009, 5:01 pm:
Scabies are horrible! I should know because I experienced it! Scabies are tiny little itchy bugs (mites)that crawl under your skin and itch like hell! Your skin will itch badly and have little red bumps on it. Scabies are so small that you can't see them. This illness have been around for ages. You can catch it from anyone, anywhere. If you come in contact with an affected person with scabies, you can catch it because it is extremely contagious. If you can, try to stay away from people that have scabies. You have to get a prescription from a doctor to get a medication called Acticin. (Permethrin) This is the best treatment and it works very well. This is a cream ointment that you must apply all over your body from the neck down.(Majority of the times one treatment will work, but if the scabies is severe-you can apply the cream at least twice-again a week later)and let it stay on your skin for 8-12 hours then after that you must take a shower or bath to wash the medicine off of your skin. If you don't treat scabies, they will only get worser! So it's best to treat it in it's early stages when you first catch it! Still your skin will continue to itch until it get better, probably for a few more weeks, after you use the medicine. Take cool or warm baths. Don't use soap. Use 1% of hydrocortisone cream on the affected areas of your skin. Be sure to wash all of your clothes, shoes, bed sheets-anything that may have scabies on it-with hot water. Store other things in plastic bags for at least 3 days, because this will kill the scabies. All of this should help your aunt. But as in any case, if the problem does not get better or it get worse then contact a doctor or go to the emergency room right away!

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