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Treatment for Itching after contact with dogs, scabies - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   WE adopted a stray dog and our 4 cocker spaniels have mange. 4 of 5 people I am sure have scabies. We do not have health ins and the walk in clinic we go to said we all need to be seen to be treated. We do not have this money. What can we do to stop this itching?
Doctor :   hi
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ok
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the itching can be releived a bit by applying topical lotions like Calamine or Caladryl lotion
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but it will not help in eradicating the disease
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for the complete treatment, you will need to take antiscabies medications
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but first, the lesions should be examined to see if they are really due to scabies
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could you describe the lesions?
User :   That is the problem. The dogs have been treated with ivermectin and our skin shows classic symptoms.
User :   red single lesions but little white tracks also. Itching is intense
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ok
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you will need to get them examined
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please provide your age, location, occupation
User :   What options do people have that cannot go to the doctor?
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i will try to locate a free clinic for you, for that i will need to know where you are located.
User :   We are a family of dad 61 mom 50, kids 34, 19 and 23 No one is working right now except 23 year old. Husband is extremely disabled
User :We signed upfor VIM but it will take 2-3 more weeks for eligibility to begin
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ok
User :   Anything we can do until then except clean everything and treat dogs again if neccessary?
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you can take bath while scrubbing them well with hot water
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soak and wash your clothes in hot water, sun dry them
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and iron them before use
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apply calamine or caladryl lotion to the lesions to soothe the itching.
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WWW.WWWW.WW Doctor :   these are the links for the free clinics in Bloomington
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you can contact them
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and go their urgent care clinic
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since you have already applied for the VIM , you can speak to them
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and see if they can cover the costs
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are you there?
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have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no not right now I guess
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