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Eczema confused for scabies!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 29, 2007
  • 01:15 PM

When I was in high school I went to the school nurse because I had a rash on my arm. She looked at me and said," oh no! You have scabies. We need to send you home immediatly." After I went home the school called my mother with the news. Apparently they called an emmergency check, like they did in elementry school if a child had been in school with lice. Line up all the children in the school and the nurses would check everyone for lice. Well, I went to the doctor after I left school and it took the doctor not even one second to know that I had eczema. Hopefully schools are more careful about who they hire that call themselves "nurses".

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  • sorry, but that's pretty frickin' funny
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I worked at a hospital where the entire nursing staff of one floor came down with scabies. It is highly infectious and the nurse was right to get you away from the rest of the kids until a doctor could see you. People aren't put in isolation (or sent home) maliciously, it is to protect everyone. I know it probably hurt your feelings, but better safe than sorry. Here in Kansas City, I just read that a school had hundreds of cases of head lice, and some of them teachers! I guess when everyone's got it, it's not embarassing any longer.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies Flag this Response
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