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What is the general scabies treatment for furniture?

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Vacuuming is the best method to remove scabies mites from furniture according to the American Academy of Dermatology. After vacuuming all upholstered furniture, carpeting and area rugs, the cleaner should throw away the dust bag or empty and clean the canister of a bagless vacuum with warm water and soap.

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Scabies is an allergic reaction to tiny mites that burrow into human skin. The reaction creates a red, itchy rash that is worse at night. Small children and older adults tend to experience the worst itching. The rash commonly appears around the waistline and navel, on the buttocks, in the armpits, around the bra line and nipples in women and on the genitals in men. Scabies spreads readily through skin-to-skin contact and through sharing of clothing, towels and other personal items.

Both the infested person and anyone who has had skin-to-skin contact with him or lived in the same household during the preceding month should undergo treatment at the same time with a prescription scabicide. Another important part of treatment is washing all bedding, clothing and towels used during the last three days with hot water before drying on a hot setting. Alternate decontamination methods include dry cleaning and sealing the articles in a plastic bag for at least 72 hours. Pets don't need treatment as they are not hosts for scabies mites, which can survive only two or three days away from humans.

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