Possible scabies? Please help!!!

Possible scabies? Please help!!!

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Sheboygan, WI

#1 Apr 29, 2013
I'm a residential aide and my client has been diagnosed with scabies. I spend lots of time at his residence and I am worried I may have picked it up... I don't have a rash yet but I am getting prickly sensations all over with warmth and itching. Does this sound like scabies? And what can I do to protect myself when I work?

Ardsley, NY

#2 Apr 29, 2013
You should get the perm cream as soon as possible before it gets out of hand. Look up, cleaning threads. Since you know about this quickly you will beat it. You will need the medicine.
Worn Out and Weary

Troy, MI

#3 May 1, 2013
Hopefully your client will get treated right away for it, and you should get treated and clean up your own residence at the same time. You might have carried it home. Ask your doc about Stromectol (ivermectin) pills to take along with the permethrin cream--if you read enough of these threads here on the forum, you come to realize that a two-prong attack helps more than just the cream. The damn mites have lots of life-cycle stages that need attacking in different ways.

I am still stuck working at an office where I'm sure my boss has scabies but still hasn't done anything about it. I get occasional bites at work and carry perm cream around with me in my purse to rub on as soon as it happens. And I try to clean my work area like crazy, because he's always putting papers into it for me, from which I get the bites. I've gotten so frustrated that I have even occasionally sprayed a little insect repellent with perm in it around--I don't spray a lot, because I don't want to poison anyone; but maybe I should spray more! Good luck in your battle.

Ardsley, NY

#4 May 1, 2013
Alcohol helps your work environment.
Worn Out and Weary

Troy, MI

#5 May 2, 2013
Sure; isopropyl alcohol for rubbing on the counters, and grain alcohol to help me cope with having to work with a thoughtless boss...Just kidding. Couldn't resist :)
Worn Out and Weary

Troy, MI

#6 May 2, 2013
...as long as I don't get the two mixed up.
Worn Out and Weary

Troy, MI

#7 May 2, 2013
I'm sorry, Mill16, please don't think I'm making jokes at your expense. Actually, Mitey's right: Alcohol does help a lot if you spray and wipe it around, and it dries fast, so it's better than spraying bug spray. This mite can make a person paranoid, and sometimes all you can do in order not to feel hopeless is to laugh.

Anyway, go see your doctor. Maybe you don't have it yet, but you will still want to take precautions, clean a lot, and at least get the perm cream prescription.

Golden, CO

#8 May 2, 2013
Doctors per se are ill equipped in knowledge to deal with what is possible. The symptoms of scabies can be caused my many different infections. The first step is to get a proper diagnosis before you start treating something you don't have and expose yourself to toxins or waste precious time . Steer clear of Dermatologists. You need to go to an infectious disease specialist who has done skin scrapings.
Worn Out and Weary

Troy, MI

#9 May 4, 2013
...and that's right, too. See an infectious disease specialist, not a dermatologist. You'll probably end up saving a lot of time, money and unnecessary fretting.

(Note to FRED: To get off the track just for a moment, I wish I had done that--it took many office visits and seeing three dermatologists before the last one's skin scraping actually showed the scabies mite under the microscope. By that time, four months had gone by, I had finally used up my $1,000 health insurance deductible, and I was a nervous wreck and had lost 15 pounds that I did not need to lose.)

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