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So my housemate found out today, after two months of itchiness and rashes, that he has scabies and got some treatment for it. I had no idea he had it and last week I had fair amount of skin-skin contact with him for various reasons (non-sexual), so i'm obviously quite worried I have picked it up too.
In this last week I have had no symptoms of itchiness/rash but i'm aware they can take a few weeks to develop.
I rang the doctor and told him how much exposure I had and he thinks my chances of having it are 'very small', but nonetheless I am going to get some permethrin tomorrow morning to make sure I kill anything that might be there.
Will this work? If have picked up some mites will the premethrin work prophylactically and prevent scabies developing?
Or does it only work after the mites have established themselves?
I am worried I could have given it to my girlfriend if i did pick it up. My doctor said her chances of having it were virtually nil but I still told her and she is thinking about getting cream too.
Any other advice on preventing scabies would be welcome
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