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can you contract scabies from student accomodation?

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  • Dr. Chris February 1, 2011

    Yes, you can contract scabies if you are in close contact with a person who has it. Student accommodation is one of the setting that facilitates the spread of the mite from person to person. You can also get it from sharing clothing and bedding which are infested but person-to-person transmission is a bigger problem. If you have the symptoms like itching that is worse an night and thin burrow tracks on the skin then you should have this investigated as soon as possible. Treatment should not only be isolated to you – others in the premises will also need to be treated in order to eradicate the infestation. If your concern is not with making contact with a person who has scabies but the bedding and so on, then consider options replacing it.


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