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Scabies

A scabies inflammation on the arm (Photo courtesy of Sven Teschke/Wikipedia)

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Scabies is a common and highly contagious skin condition caused by human scabies mites, which are microscopic, eight-legged creatures with round bodies that have infested humans and caused misery for around 2,500 years. It is spread by close physical contact, especially in overcrowded living conditions or during sexual contact, and occurs when the female mite burrows into the outer layer of skin to lay its eggs. When the larvae then hatch and grow into mites, the skin produces an allergic reaction and intense itching develops (usually 2-6 weeks after infestation), resulting in a rash of raised, pinkish-red spots that appear on the body and limbs. Scabies can affect people of any age but is most common in children and young adults. Your personal hygiene has no bearing on the condition, but like most conditions involving the dreaded louse or mite, you cannot simply wash them away. However, prescription or over-the-counter creams and lotions are available – but check with your GP.

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Hi I caught scabies over a year ago after 7 bottles of permethrin and 5 months of suffering I thought I got rid. Through the next 7 months my skin is damaged I'm so self conscious and don't feel like my old self I swear at times I feel depressed I shrugged it off as eczema but it can't be I dread night time because there's lack of sleep usually 3 hours of broken sleep a night excersisng is hard because the heat makes it worse and I sometimes feel like ripping my skin off can anyone help have I still got these little terrors under my skin or could this be something else I need answers and appricite anyone that could help thank you





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How did you apply the permethrin? It usually takes two applications 7 days apart including scalp and and face? Doctors will recommend not using on scalp and face and more recent evidence has shown the scabies to invade the scalp and face? In what period did you use the 7 applications of permethrin?

Can scabies be in one place





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Can anyone help me please, I have a rash on the inside of my arm and red spots on the outer arm. These spots have spread to my breasts and my ankles. I'm desperate for help as for months I've been back and forth to my GP I've tried antihestimes, steroid cream anti fungal anti biotics I'm at a loss. I've asked my GP to refer me to The hospital but he said The problem is I may will not get see unless it was cancerous!!!! Help please





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I have a rash on my back its small rings close to eachother





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Ringworm

We asked Dr. Staninger about this specifically and here is her reply, "With nanotechnology it is possible to make it look like a scabies, and real scabies could be bio-engineered to have nanotechnology in it per US EPA document in 2006. They did it with water fleas.





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Can you use Lyclear when 6 weeks pregnant?





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Hi there hope someone can put my mind to rest and answer my question, as I can't seem to get an answer.. My boyfriend has been told by his doctor yesterday that he has scabies and I'm going to book up and get myself checked as I was with him all over Christmas and I stay with him all weekends but how long in to his treatment till I can see him again??? He started the treatment today (8-01-15) Hope someone can help and praying I don't have it I'm scared :( Kind regards n thanks for reading x





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I have used the lyclear dermal cream three days ago and the itch has gotten much worse ? Is this normal and when will it stop ???





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Im not sure if it is scabies I have because my arms aint itching badly but I got one spot on each wriste and 2 on 1finger and a couple off red marks up my arm I done a treatment last night and the early hours off this morning noticed I had like 3 red spots on my chin that hurt there only red I used lyclear Dermal cream from foctors aswell help please





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I have had a rash and itchiness on my wrists for ages I went to my go and he gave me the treatment for scabies so I done both doses of the cream but it still hasn't went away, it's only one certain parts of my wrists and get itchy bits on my hand and fingers I've noticed it gets worse when there's more moisture I the air but the colder outside the better it gets as it drys out and doesn't itch for a couple days, but then flats up again, I don't know what to do,the rash is only red in the more itchy bits but skin colour with pimples now and again.





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I'm having the same problem, it has now spread to my thighs and vaginal area and I'm pretty sure it's scabies but I haven't gotten it checked yet. I need to go


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