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Is scabies contagious?

I have recently taken a job as personal assistant to an elderly neighbor lady. I found out today that that she was diagnosed with scabies . She is covered from head to foot with itchy scaly skin. I have attended her personally with close encounter touching and assisting her. My question to you is what should I do? I have done some research on scabies and it seems to be highly contagious. Should I resign my position with her? Is there anything I can do right now to present the scabies from infesting me; or is it too late to do anything? Alyce
Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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Welcome to HCM
We understand your concerns

As you have researched and found out, Scabies is highly contageous through person to person. You are also prone because you did interact with a scabies patient closely including touch. After infection, it might take 4 to 6 weeks for the symptoms to appear. Initial symptoms should be itching and scaling. Don't wait for that long. Consult a general physician and start taking medicines for scabies.
But don't worry, it is fully curable
Get well soon.
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