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If untreated, itching and symptoms will continue. Eventually everyone within close contact with the infected individual will become infected and develop symptoms. If medication, combing, and hygiene are used properly, the infection should clear.
Be wary of re-infection. Continued contact will reintroduce the infection even after the home care measures are taken.
Medically reveiewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2015
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