Post # 1
Darling Husband delivers furniture for a living. It is their policy (apparently) that if the person has old bedding they need to dispose of, Darling Husband and his teammate have to move it onto their truck and take it with them. Even if the bedding is not from this furniture branch. Even if it’s 40 years old. It’s their policy; they have to do it.
Well, Darling Husband goes into some…unsavory…homes with deliveries, and at one stop, of course these people have a mattress they need to get rid of. It’s apparently insanely nasty/covered in filth/etc. and Darling Husband and his teammate had to pack it up and put it on their truck (with everyone else’s furniture, BTW!!!) and carry it back to the store.
Now, Darling Husband is head-to-toe in a horrible rash that looks exactly like scabies. He’s currently at the ER for workers comp to figure out if that’s what it is or not, but we’re pretty sure. And, I’m a clean freak. So, rightly, I’m having a panic attack. Scabies are so DISGUSTING. 🙁 And I have been itching all day today and last night…..and am starting to develop a rash.
ACK. I’m freaking out! I want to wait until monday because I don’t want to go to the ER for this (considering I’m a clerk there and this is embarrassing and has a stigma, though Darling Husband and I are both insanely clean LOL), but I’m itching badly.
WHYYYYYY do people have to be nasty and spread their nastiness to DH? AAAH!
Is there anything I can take to help with the itching before it spreads? Or do I need to see my doctor soon? :/
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
according to wikipedia, it initially takes 4-6 weeks to develop. between that and the fact that it generally travels skin-to-skin and not object-to-skin, i’m thinking he has some other rash.
I hope that makes you feel better!
Post # 4
According to the cdc, you should get checked out, especially if you had sexual contact with him within the last two weeks to six weeks.
Post # 5
I also heard that scabies is tranferred skin-to-skin, not through furnishings.
Post # 6
If it IS scabies, you don’t want to just treat the itch and wait… it’ll get on YOUR bed next!
Post # 7
Ugh, gross. My husband is a police officer and we currently have a very high call for service homeless shelter that’s INFESTED with bed bugs. Obviously if they get a call there, they have to go in. His work provides bunny suits/booties and bug killing shampoo to use after they leave, but it still skeeves me out so bad. Definitely sympathetic!
Post # 8
@AcheneMalefic: I don’t want to freak you out, but from your post I would be far more suspicious of bed bugs than of scabies. I assume you’ve researched bed bugs and have inspected your bed and bedding?
Post # 9
@SeaSalt: +1, I was thinking the same thing.
Post # 10
Ewwww! I am so glad we have laws here like the one to refuse work if you don’t feel safe. To me, gross unhygenic mattress = not safe unless there’s a decent amount of protective gear!
Post # 11
I will never have furniture delivered due to the risk of delivery trucks transporting bed bugs. I would only pick it up ourselves. Bed bug infestations are a special type of hell
Post # 12
Eeeewww! Your poor husband 🙁
their company should provide some kind of heavy duty sealing bag to put the mattress in. I hope it isn’t anything but an allergic reaction, no bugs!!!
Post # 13
Scabies can be transferred through skin to skin contact AND through bedding,clothing,cushions and matresses because there are enough nutrients (dead skin cells) for the scabies to live on for a while before finding a host.
You need not feel embarassed. Scabies does not mean you are dirty, poor, or living in an overcrowded environment. It is a mite which isn’t picky of it’s hosts. The stigma that scabies is due to being unclean is an old one, and isn’t true (although people living below the poverty line, with low immunity/bad nutrition/bad hygiene/ in overcrowded houses are more likely to get it- as with any other infectious diseases)
Sanitize your bedding, clothing, matresses and cushions and see your GP. If you are infected you could be spreading it around. You probably will be prescribed ointment (to stop any itch) and tablets. The rash might not signify scabies though (it could be an allergy to dust mites, or it could be bed mites)
The symptoms are:
A rash which is slightly raised and looks like burrows. It usually appears in a line, and it is very itchy and can feel like flea bites. You may also be able to see tiny white dots around the burrows and bumps which are dead scabie mites.
Post # 14
This is probably not bed bugs, you usually will see the bites/rash mostly on your back or area of your body that touches the mattress while you sleep, not head to toe. Nonetheless, I hope this leads to some reconsideration of that company policy.
Post # 15
I agree, it’s unlikely to be scabies. I learned a ton about scabies when we thought we were exposed when DS was too little for the treatment (it’s pretty toxic.) Luckily, the people we were exposed to (who were exposed to someone with it), never ended up getting it, so we weren’t even exposed. It was the worst 6 weeks, though! Just waiting to see if we got infected. So unless this was 2-3 weeks ago, at least, it’s probably not scabies.
Post # 16
Also, all the doctors I spoke to said that although it is possible to get scabies from sheets, etc, it’s highly unlikely. The bug has to crawl from the thing to you, so generally you need prolonged contact.