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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2016

Is it possible for crusted scabies to live off the body for 2 months?

I have been batteling these things since May. I moved in with my mom for 2 monthsand I treated my body with Permethrin got it under control back to my house and got them again I believe they are in my car as well and I need to know how to eliminate them from my car in my home please help ASAP

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Here is a CDC FAQ on scabies -

where they say 2-3 days survival time off the body - so sounds like you are in contact with someone who has them. Or you are in contact with a pet which has mange - the mites from pets can cause itching, though they do not thrive in the human body and cause the "crusted scabies" situation.

Other possibility is you have some sort of psiorisis or an allergy to something or a different type of infestation with fleas or bedbugs or such - I would talk to your primary care physician for definitive diagnosis if that has not been done, or perhaps a referral to a dermatologist.

Once diagnosed properly, if you are infested with little critters, then possibly a Pest Control company can help - though some mites and such cannot be killed thermally without heating the house or car beyond safe limits (damaging plaastic components and fabrics and such) - some can be killed by fumigation (including putting the car inside the garage during house fumigation. Detailed determination of the specific cause is your first step though.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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