Giving Scabies to someone else?

Giving Scabies to someone else?

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Since: Apr 09

Dunedin, New Zealand

#1 Apr 17, 2009
how easy is it to transfer over to someone? like how close is close? do you have to share someones bed or does it have to be over a period of time?

Whats peoples experience?
Joe

Hollywood, FL

#2 Apr 17, 2009
howfarto wrote:
how easy is it to transfer over to someone? like how close is close? do you have to share someones bed or does it have to be over a period of time?
Whats peoples experience?
a person with scabies "sheds" mites around them, if they are heavily infested. if you share a bed with someone who has scabies, then, possibly, you may get their mites, because you will be with them for quite some time sleeping. the mites will move off the body at night time in search for a mate, and will move around and fall off of the infested person. or the mites that were shed from the previous night, will search for a host to survive, and that may be you.

if you sit on a couch that belongs to an infested person with scabies mites, then you have a chance of infesting yourself, because, if that person uses that counch a lot, the mites will fall off that person, unto the couch, and then you sit on that couch, and the mites will look for a host to survive off of.

if you shake a hand of a person with scabies, and only have that brief moment with them in passing, i think it is highly unlikely you will get infested. but it is possible.

it gets more complicated when the home has pets that have mites.

if you work in close proximity with a person with scabies, you could get them, by using their computer, their phone, just being around their desk and sitting on their chair and/or using their desk. the mites infest fomites, which in turn, can infest you.

also, it depends on your immunity, how well your body fights them off.

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whyscabies

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Apr 20, 2009
i shared a bed with a friend while i had a very mild case of scabies about two and a half months ago, and he appears to be breaking out now. i know it takes about 4-6 weeks to show symptoms, but its been at least 9 weeks now. is it likely that it was me who gave them to my friend?
i saw my friend again a couple of weeks ago, and i'm afraid my friend can re-infest me. how long should i wait for any symptoms if i had scabies before?
whyscabies

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Apr 20, 2009
we got scabies from a co worker who we didn't have that much contact with. he may have laid on our bed for a couple of hours, but he had a really bad case of it. i think how easily you can infect others depends on the severity of your own case, and the immunity of the infectee.
Joe

Hollywood, FL

#5 Apr 21, 2009
whyscabies wrote:
i shared a bed with a friend while i had a very mild case of scabies about two and a half months ago, and he appears to be breaking out now. i know it takes about 4-6 weeks to show symptoms, but its been at least 9 weeks now. is it likely that it was me who gave them to my friend?
i saw my friend again a couple of weeks ago, and i'm afraid my friend can re-infest me. how long should i wait for any symptoms if i had scabies before?
If you are worried that you caught them again, and if you have no symptoms whatsover, then how can you relieve your fear? You treat yourself right now. After your treatment, then wait and see.

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Brandi

United States

#7 Apr 24, 2011
I hate scabies! I have never been so sad and so depressed over this! I have spent over $1,000 at the doctor and on new bedding. Wrapped my mattresses in plastic, I bite my nails til they bleed. My son got them from school. Now he can't go anywhere or have friends over. I am exhausted! I have cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more! I have done so much laundry! I had 5 households effected by this. My boyfriend broke up with me because of it! Makes him an ass yes I know but I do understand! I don't touch anyone anymore, I don't go shopping, I keep a mini vac in my car, I don't have sex because I am scared they aren't gone! I hate being paranoid! People look at me like I'm crazy because I won't sit down half the time, so I don't go to movies. I am mentally and physically exhausted! I have the most UH MAZ EENG friends ever but I am so ready for my life to get back to normal. I take bleach baths. Anything that might help!
persistant

Winnipeg, Canada

#8 Jun 1, 2011
Brandi wrote:
I hate scabies! I have never been so sad and so depressed over this! I have spent over $1,000 at the doctor and on new bedding. Wrapped my mattresses in plastic, I bite my nails til they bleed. My son got them from school. Now he can't go anywhere or have friends over. I am exhausted! I have cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more! I have done so much laundry! I had 5 households effected by this. My boyfriend broke up with me because of it! Makes him an ass yes I know but I do understand! I don't touch anyone anymore, I don't go shopping, I keep a mini vac in my car, I don't have sex because I am scared they aren't gone! I hate being paranoid! People look at me like I'm crazy because I won't sit down half the time, so I don't go to movies. I am mentally and physically exhausted! I have the most UH MAZ EENG friends ever but I am so ready for my life to get back to normal. I take bleach baths. Anything that might help!
I can certainly relate to what you have been going through! You have to develop a daily ritual and be really organized, its a very big process and takes a lot of time to cure. I have been working on it for 8 months now, and hopefully am close to the end now. I found permethrin really didnt help me much, but cost me lots! I think a person has to do some form of treatment every day along with all the cleaning etc. I use sulfur lotion on my body, 15$, and sulfur shampoo daily and body wash, Also the loofa for exfoliating is the best to use I feel, as it will get rid of debris and maybe eggs underlying in skin. Neem oil baths do help, depends on the kind of neem oil you use I think. Use 2 tbsps of Neem Oil made by Source of LIfe, add a drop or two of dishsoap, then swish it around in your bath, pat yourself dry leaving some on skin. Also you can add a couple of tbsp to baby oil and shake it up in bottle, rub all over body for about an hour or longer if you wish, they vacate fast that way too! All I can tell you is from my experience there is no quick fix, it takes alot of time and daily work unfortuately. Good luck!
Dennis

UK

#9 Jun 1, 2011
Yes very true. Basicly people who spread scabies destroy you. Iv had it with this! Id rather be dead.
john

Babson Park, MA

#10 Jul 14, 2012
Im so depressed i feel like i have no more left in the gas tank im sooo exhausted and i just cant get rid of these... i have infested so many people and i cant imagine how many more will come out what do i do can u work with this or no?
sooverit

United States

#12 Jul 18, 2012
Omg. Im so frustrated n feel like driving my self to the mental hospital. My family ended up in the Er in feb of this year. We did 20 treatments of perm n sulfer. Washed every thing. Everything. Was free at last. Then just recently my husbands sis has it. Never in my life did i think we would get this again. I cant call out of work. I called 3drs. Was told go to the Er. Ppl are not fully aware n wont treat themselves rite. His sis refused too until I talked to her abt crusted scabies. But this is a nitemare. Its too much to type Uge..
LittleMouse

San Francisco, CA

#13 Jul 18, 2012
howfarto wrote:
how easy is it to transfer over to someone? like how close is close? do you have to share someones bed or does it have to be over a period of time?
Whats peoples experience?
It really depends. I think it can be dumb luck. I picked it up from intimate contact with someone. He doesn't know how he got it. I in turn passed it to two other people before I knew I had it. Both were close contact. They have not passed it on to anyone else and they've had very close contact with people.

Long after I was cured, I had intimate contact with someone that had scabies and I did not re-catch it.

It seems like the amount of time before symptoms appears is almost always right around 8 weeks, not the 4-6weeks that is usually stated.
Dim lite

United States

#14 Oct 16, 2012
I can't sleep cause of it. I caught it from my nephew And I'm trying to find a way to get rid of them :(
Any suggestions ?
Miranda

Noblesville, IN

#15 Jan 17, 2013
My friend had scabies and she came over to my house and sat on my bed for about 30 min to an hour and talked with me, we did not know at the time that she has this, could I get them now? I have a 2 month old baby and don't want her getting it if it is possible.
Ahs10

United States

#16 Jan 17, 2013
Ive had scabies for 3 n half months now. I see my mom and best friend everyday they hanger no sign of it. How I got it tho was sleeping on my friends beanbag he in which had scabies. This was in june my symptons showed up in october. But also he had 5 roommates, shared a room with 2 ppl and they never got it. Iwouldn't say its highly contagious because scabies would be everywhere and everyone would have them. I finally decided to gey permethrin cream today just applied it and tomorrow the cleaning beggings. Goodluck to u all, were all family with this horrible thing. Be patient and don't be lazy, im gunna get thru this.
Country girl

Strawberry Plains, TN

#17 Feb 2, 2013
My best friends two sons have scabies she just found out three days ago that they had it, yesterday to gave me a ride to work and back she shared a cigarette and she took a drink of my coke now I am itching I'm not sure if its cause I'm thinking about it or if I have it can i get it just from sitting in her car? She said since it was 19 degrees outside the night before if she did have them in her car they would be dead and I can't get them is this true??
Cathy

Exeter, UK

#19 Oct 6, 2013
Some one please help me these things are so hard to get rid off my whole house has them I have washed and spent a fortune at the dry cleaners, I have changed my beds and used the cream but I an getting like a burning feeling in parts of my leg and pin pricks and some brusing in parts of my body can any one tell me if I have been reinvested can't take this any longer9340
Steph

Fayetteville, AR

#20 Dec 9, 2013
Hi! I feel your pain. Scabies is the WORST! Here's what I did, in this order, to get rid of mine very quickly (and I did a LOT of research beforehand):

1) Go to a feed store like Farmers Coop. and buy FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth - it must be food grade! Mine was food and chemical grade (Red Earth) and that did the trick
2) Put that down everywhere. Bed, couch, chairs with fabric, carpet, backpacks, wallets, purses, etc. Basically, anything that can't go in the washing machine needs to be baptized in DE and put into tied up trash bags if it will fit and put those in a garage or balcony of your apartment, just somewhere out of your living space
3) Wash and dry all clothes, sheets, blankets, pillowcases, etc. in HOT (The mites cannot survive a temp. of 112 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 minutes)
4) Take a hot bath in Tea Tree oil for about 20-30 minutes (It will sting, but suck it up and stay in the whole time, it's worth it)- make sure to hold your breath and put your head under for a few seconds too...maybe do that a few times while you're in the bath
5) Mix 2/3 grape seed oil and 1/3 clove oil in an 8 oz bottle and put that all over your body right after the bath and massage it into your scalp too. If you're a girl, do NOT let it get inside your lady bits, it burns like hellfire!! If you're a guy, make sure you get the proportions right or, as my boyfriend said, "it will burn your junk so badly you will cry." Accept the smell. Again, it's worth it. If there are any REALLY itchy spots, put straight clove oil directly on those spots...unless it's your privates. Or try bleach. You can spot treat with a little bit of Clorox bleach (must be Clorox brand idk why, some chemical that is in it) and put that on a cotton ball or little ball of toilet paper and dab on the itchy area
6) Put the clothes you were wearing before the bath and the towel you used to dry off in the washer immediately on HOT then put on clean clothes, straight from the dryer is best - then fold all your clean laundry
7) Let the DE sit for at least a few hours...I did a full day except for on my bed (that was only about 8 hours), then vacuum it all up and voila! Scabies genocide!

You may still have some itching due to the exoskeletons and fecal matter still under your skin and the DE made me a tad itchy and grimy feeling, but that'll go away pretty quickly...probably about a week tops. I continued to put the grape seed oil/clove oil mixture on for about 3 days after I'd vacuumed up all the DE just to be sure, but use your own discretion with that one. Hope this helps!!

xoxo

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#21 Dec 9, 2013
Clove oil or clove bud oil?
Katee

Homewood, IL

#22 Dec 9, 2013
I've been using clove oil. The one I used says clove oil but when you read the fine print, it's from clove buds. It does not cure but it does knock down activity pretty well and now I use it at night instead of that second shower each day that was turning me into a prune. I mix it with grapeseed oil and it is pretty light. But because I don't want to smell like a walking pumpkin pie, it's not something I use during the day.

As far as passing it, I passed it unknowingly to my boyfriend, my sons and a co-worker. The co-worker had no contact with me or my things and sat in a cubicle across the aisle from me. But we were confined in a small office space and we were the only 2 who were in the office all the time. She was new to the office and did not even know what I was going through and started coming over to me telling me how itchy it was in there. In very little time she was being bitten up like me and demanding the company do something. Back then I had no concept of what scabies were, I thought there might be bed bugs in the office, but nope, it turned out to be scabies and I had it first without knowing. This is my very true experience so I find it ridiculous when I hear that you can only get it from skin to skin contact. And it with how small these are, it had to take them a very long time to track her and get to her desk which tells me they live a lot longer and are more resilient off a host than is commonly thought.
Katee

Homewood, IL

#23 Dec 9, 2013
Or they are airborne. That was my other thought because back then I used to use a small space heater under my desk so who knows if I was blowing them around.

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