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How long is scabies contagious

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Person had a scabies outbreak 5-days ago..is confined to a nursing home...is being treated but her aides are very unknowledgable re treatment and post treatment implications. When can she go off quarantine? Does she need to be certified free of scabies before she can leave her room? What is an average quarantine period?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. German replied 8 years ago.

<strongCustomer, it is not necessary to put your sister under quarantine .

However , when this happens in a nursing facility , it is necessary to treat not only the patient ,it is recommended to treat also the other patients of the nursing home who have scabies symptoms and every person who have been in contact with a symptomatic person including every person who work in the nursing home .

After they complete the treatment ,there is no need to retain the patient in an isolated place .

Everybody MUST BE TREATED AT THE SAME TIME ,IT IS NECESSARY EVALUATING THE PATIENTS EVERY 7 DAYS FOR 1 MONTH ,TO BE SURE THAT THE PATIENTS ARE completely CURED .

It is also important washing all the clothes ,towels,bed covers in hot water and dry them with hot air at high temperature and the other things that can not be washed ,must be put in a plastic cover or bag for 7 days . In this period, the mites will die completely .

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
What medication do you recommend?
Expert:  Dr. German replied 8 years ago.

A good medication is Elimite (permethrin ) , this product will be applied over all her body from her neck down , the medication should be leaved for 8 hours ,after that period of time ,she will need taking a bath to eliminate all residues .

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