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Can scabies survive for years and triggers infection?


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Dr. Rajesh Jain

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Published At April 8, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 8, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Four years ago, during a sailing trip, my wife and I contracted scabies, seemingly from the boat's captain who showed severe itching. Initially, my wife's diagnosis was incorrect until my symptoms surfaced. Treatment with 5% Permethrin was successful after a two-week interval. While we thoroughly cleaned clothes and bedding, blankets and pillows were excluded. Surprisingly, a month ago, we both experienced a simultaneous reinfestation without an identifiable source. Could scabies, in any stage like eggs, persist for four years in items such as blankets or pillows, causing this reinfestation? Kindly help.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Rajesh Jain


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

Please do not worry. I would recommend sending a picture of the affected area. It will assist in providing accurate advice.

Recurrences are common with this condition. To completely clear it, follow the below instructions:

  1. Treat both simultaneously. Ensure thorough disinfection of clothing and cleaning practices.

  2. Use Permethrin (Pyrethrins) soap during baths for a few months.

  3. Apply Scabex P (Lindane)lotion at night, leaving it overnight. Rinse off with a thorough morning bath.


    1. Take a single dose of tablet Ivermectin 12 mg.

    2. Also, take a tablet of Allegra (Fexofenadine) 120mg once a day for seven days.

      Kindly consult a specialist, talk to them, and take the medication with their consent.

      Remember to disinfect your home thoroughly. Please follow up with me after 15 days.

      I hope this information will help you.

      Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

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