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Can I prevent scabies?

Infestation or reinfestation with scabies can be prevented by practicing good hygiene measures, including: cutting and cleaning fingernails; avoiding ongoing physical contact with people who have scabies; washing clothing and bedding thoroughly with hot, soapy water, then drying them with high heat; vacuuming carpets and other surfaces, and disposing of the vacuum bag with care, and; treating all household members and other close contacts at the same time. If an outbreak of scabies occurs in your immediate environment, your doctor can prescribe insecticide cream as a precaution. There is no vaccine for scabies.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 18 Oct 2018
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Category: Scabies


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