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Sarcoptes scabiei mites from rabbits to human
concorde007 posted:

This is my first post in the community and post came up in a need of the hour. Iam a pet lover and I realized some infections of pets might get transferred to us. This is not to threaten people from having pets, this is just to make them cautious.

For the past few weeks iam feeling very itchy all throughout my body. Couple of days back I met an dermatologist and she was not able to identify the cause of itching.

Yesterday we have detected that our pet house rabbits have Sarcoptes scabiei mites and were put for treatment immediately.

My worry is will Sarcoptes scabiei mites might have been transferred to me? Should I visit the dermatologist again or at least inform her about it. Can these mites be transmitted to human from pets.

But when I checked some websites they say; If your pet is infested with scabies and they have close contact with you, the mite can get under your skin and cause itching and skin irritation. However, the mite dies in a couple of days and does not reproduce. The mites may cause you to itch for several days, but you do not need to be treated with special medication to kill the mites.

Please advise.
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
I checked my sources and found that scabies in rabbits is extremely rare. There are other types of mites that may be causing the skin condition. You are correct that scabies in humans is very transient though very itchy while alive under the skin. I would definitely consult with your dermatologist again as well as your veterinarian. Are there any other new potential skin irritants in your life...soaps, bedding, foods....

I hope you and your rabbits are better soon...
Dr. Bernadine
gingergypsy responded:
Dear Concorde, I am having this same exact issue. My house rabbit has a skin infection, went to the vet for an injection. Within the week I went raving mad with itching and saw a dermatologist. I put them both together, called the vet to find the rabbit has scabies and it's definitely transferable to humans.

How did your situation resolve itself? What should I do?

Seems idiotic that the vet wouldn't quarantine the rabbit and tell me to go home and wash everything in the houses to rid the mites and warn me about getting them too.

Mortified at the thought of scabies insects crawling under my skin. I can feel them. What medicine did you take??


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