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Can I get scabies from my dog?

asked 2017-03-19 15:33:09 -0500

My dog has scabies... can the parasite affect humans too? I've kept the kids away from him, but I'm not sure if this is necessary. Could I already have scabies and not be aware of it?

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answered 2017-03-19 16:21:26 -0500

Scabies is not an infection, but an infestation. Tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei set up shop in the outer layers of human skin. The skin does not take kindly to the invasion. As the mites burrow and lay eggs inside the skin, the infestation leads to relentless itching and an angry rash.

Dogs and cats get scabies, too -- better known as mange. However, canine scabies and feline scabies are not caused by the same type of mite that triggers human scabies. You can get mites from handling an infested pet, but these mites can’t reproduce in human skin. This means they usually die off without causing serious symptoms

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