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Maybe Scabies?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 26, 2007
  • 11:56 PM

I'm scared of being contagiuos! ...My doctor took a skin sample and told me it might possibly be scabies.
I've got itchy bumps on mainly my shins - but also my ankles, wrists, and a little bit on my upper arms. It started with two main dots on my shins that are still there now (larger than the rest) and very dry.
It takes a few ~weeks~ for the test to come back and I don't want to wait if I'm contagious.
Does anyone know what this could be?

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  • It's been years since I've had scabies- I was in 4th grade, when I got it from a teacher, of all people. :rolleyes: I remember that it was mostly on my arms, on the inside of my elbows. It itched really bad.. it was all I could do not to scratch it. Little red bumps, I think.. I was out of school for two weeks, and I was given a special lotion "rub down". according to the CDC website:"What are the signs and symptoms of scabies infestation? Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the p*nis, the breast, or shoulder blades.Intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body.Sores on the body caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria."Hopefully your doctor can figure this out quickly! :)
    sylvie 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately no word from the doctor yet. UNCONTROLLABLY itchy!~ and still waiting.They don't even seem to care that I wonder if I should be going out into public...?--Wondering if it could be lichen planus?
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  • A few years back, I had the exact same thing happen.I was very upset & did not believe it, so I went to a dematologist for a secondopionion. He just looked & said it was "licean plantes" (sp?)and gave me steroid cream to clear it up.A skin scraping confirmed the diagnosis.The condition is NOT contagious, but it will leave some scarring.I would get a 2nd opinion from a dematologist.
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  • Scabies is very contageous. To prevent spread DON"T Scratch, wash your hands very often, wash all bedding and clothing in hot water, if you can provide gloves for loved ones who help to care for you if they will be touching the affected areas, put a sheet over your favorite chair and wash it in hot water every couple of days until you get the diagnosis and cream for treatment then daily once you start treatment. If you go out in public keep the areas covered and DON"T scratch. If you must scratch then you must wash your hands before touching anything.The best part? Scabies is very easy to treat and once it is gone it is gone as long as you wash your linens and clothes (don't forget your towels and use an anti-infective spray on any upholstered furniture you have already sat on before you put the sheet on).Good Luck and God Speed.
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  • My doctors have still not figured this out....---wondering if it is bad to just be treated for scabies in case? i was told that it was very strong medication/lotion. i'm thinking of just trying it?
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  • How could they not figure out what it is? They dont' know by now whether or not it is scabies?! What the heck kind of incompetent doctors are these?! :confused:IF what you have is scabies, the lotion they will give you will get rid of it. If it's not, the lotion (I woud imagine) would not. So then you're back to square one. Has anybody around you gotten it too?
    sylvie 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, you can do the treatment for scabies; there's also a great oral antihistamine that they give you called Atarax that is specific for skin itching. Ask your doc for it-also ask for a referral to a dermatologist-they can diagnosis without scraping or usually just visually. I'm a bit of an expert, I've had it twice, and both times I caught it from my cat (one a well established pet of over a decade, and the second, a feral rescue years later) If you have a cat-take it to the vet to get treated and/or diagnosed-they may do a better job with the cat than your doc is doing with you! And then, at least you'd know!
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  • No one around me has gotten it or been itchy at all.My doctors are driving me ~crazy because they said I would get test results back in a few days - then a few weeks - now it has been a month.I tried to explain to them that as human beings, it would be terrifying to you if you were told you may be contagiuos...and also uncomfortable and scared when no one can just solve your problem! :(...Still itchy & I think the spots are getting a little worse. Still ONLY on the fronts of my shins, inside of wrists and one my ankles.Thanks for any help
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  • Scabies test came back negative!!Back to the doctor AGAIN today and she looked at me and told me I need to go to a specialist dermatologist. She didn't know what it was......So what is the point of paying a doctor to tell you she has no clue & go see someone smarter?...And once again - I was given medication that she TOLD me I SHOULD NOT take! ....She handed me 4 pills of "Zyrtec" and said that might help with itching but not to take it before my dermatologist appointment. I have an appointment with a dermatologist tomorrow morning.So far...I have had 2 negative tests (which took a total of over a month to get back), 2 medications that did not work (Keflex antibiotic and Triacinoline cream), and 2 medications that were not even for me.I am just really getting exhausted and overwhelmed.
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  • Wow.. :eek:Well, I'm glad you don't have scabies! Hopefully you find out what you do have. And hopefully the new doc is way smarter than this one! :p
    sylvie 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • Here's a little piece of advice which you probably already know- if it took your doctor an entire month to determine if you had scabies, then you obviously need a new doctor. Unless they can provide a specific explanation why it took that long, they are indeed incompetent. I would have asked to see a dermatologist from the start. Has a poison ivy/oak infection been ruled out? What about bed bugs or fleas? Eczema?
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  • I have had the same sort of problem for well over a month. They said scabies at first but only I have it. My husband and three kids are fine. It pops up whenever and where ever it wants to, in long raised whelps of little bumps all over. I feel for you, and am so sorry. I rarely leave the house anymore, haven't been to the gym in 2 months and I am a fitness trainer. No work. The doctor said it will go away on its own, it seems stressful situations make it worse sometimes. There are days when I don't even get out of bed the itching is so horrible. And my back looks like a large cat scratched me all over, no cat here. I hope you find out what is wrong as I hope for myself.Blessings
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  • ...Finally!!!!I went to a dermatologist today....and he diagnosed it very quickly as - Lichen Planus.(Even though I suggested that to 2 doctors already.....)It's unfortunate and apparently only affects about 1% of the population. Lucky Me.But with treatment, itching can go away and the spots will go away within (yikes! -) 2 years. It's not contagious and is treatable but not curable. ...Thank you so much for all of your help!!! :) :)I am happy to be on a path to feeling better.Best Wishes to All!
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  • by the way.....my dermatologist mentioned that it was ridiculous for a scabies test to take a month because after a few HOURS the skin samples are useless.hmm....i think i need to file a complaint.
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  • Oddly enough, yesterday my daughter's pediatrician told me that my daughter has this on her abdomen. Only it doesn't bother her, and you can barely see the rash.. just little bumps all over the place. LOL
    sylvie 31 Replies Flag this Response
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