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Does bleach help kill scabies?

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The Environmental Protection Agency does not list bleach as being effective in killing scabies, according to Clorox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that a person infested with scabies be treated with a prescription scabicide as no over-the counter treatments have been tested and approved in humans.

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Scabies is a parasitic infestation caused by the human itch mite. Its usual symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like rash. It is usually transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and is highly contagious, so simultaneous treatment is provided to everyone who came into contact with the infected person. The mites only live two or three days away from a human host, but the CDC recommends washing and drying all clothing, bedding and linens used by an infested person at the hottest settings the fabric will stand and vacuuming carpets and upholstery.

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