• smiley1988 smiley1988
    January 15, 2010
    Does having a dirty home cause scabies?
    smiley1988 smiley1988
    January 15, 2010

    How is scabies caught? Someone told me you can get it from living in a dirty home. Is this true?

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  • Renee Culver
    Health Guide
    August 13, 2014
    Renee Culver
    Health Guide
    August 13, 2014

    Hi Smiley1988,

     

    Scabies are a type of mite that can cause an itchy rash. You can get scabies from direct, sustained, skin-to-skin contact with people who are infected, or from sharing clothing, towels, or other textiles that have been infested. If you believe you have scabies you should talk to your doctor about how to treat them, and it's also important to treat the environment by thoroughly washing anything in hot water, or by vacuuming any furniture (be sure to throw the bag away when you're done!)

     

    Let us know how it goes. Good luck!

     

    Renee

     

    Bugs, Bugs, Bugs


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  • nonethewiser January 15, 2010
    nonethewiser
    January 15, 2010

    I did a search...here is what I found.

    How do you get scabies?

     

    Scabies mites are very sensitive to their environment. They can only live off of a host body for 24-36 hours under most conditions. Transmission of the mites involves close person-to-person contact of the skin-to-skin variety. It is hard, if not impossible, to catch scabies by shaking hands, hanging your coat next to someone who has it, or even sharing bedclothes that had mites in them the night before. Sexual physical contact, however, can transmit the disease. In fact, sexual contact is the most common form of transmission among sexually active young people. However, other forms of physical contact, such as mothers hugging their children, are sufficient to spread the mites. Over time, close friends and relatives can contract it this way, too. School settings typically do not provide the level of prolonged personal contact necessary for transmission of the mites.

    Can you catch scabies from a dog or cat?

     

    Dogs and cats are infected by different types of mites than those which infect humans. Animals are not a source of spread of human scabies. Scabies on dogs is called mange. When canine or feline mites land on human skin, they fail to thrive and produce only a mild itch that goes away on its own. This is unlike human scabies which gets worse and worse unless the condition is treated.

     

     

     

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  • chris January 22, 2010
    chris
    January 22, 2010

    scabies are a very elusive animal, ive trapped them before, but, its best to hunt them at dawn or dusk when they`re feeding. 

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    • haha
      March 24, 2010
      haha
      March 24, 2010

      hey dumba$$ scabies is a type of skin disease not a animal, you catch it from sexual contact and sharing clothes, and contact with ppl who have it !

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    • chris
      March 25, 2010
      chris
      March 25, 2010

      no shit, i was joking. what a retard.

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    • Gina
      February 21, 2011
      Gina
      February 21, 2011

      You're wrong. Scabies is a type of mite. It lives and feeds off you like a parasite. (animal) It lays eggs and they hatch. Once they burrow under your skin that's what causes the itching....and gives the illusion of a skin disease. Who's the dummy now...do your research before u insult someone for making a joke.

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    • Tucker
      December 21, 2013
      Tucker
      December 21, 2013

      Actually it is a bug. So you are the dumbass. Why don't you do some research before you open your cock swallowing mouth.

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    • Tucker
      December 21, 2013
      Tucker
      December 21, 2013

      Actually it is a bug. So you are the dumbass. Why don't you do some research before you open your cock swallowing mouth.

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  • haha March 24, 2010
    haha
    March 24, 2010

    yea that is true..u can  also get it from interactions with people who have adn sharing clothes

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