A 10-year-old girl has been diagnosed with scabies. There are three other children and two adults living in the household. The nurse can best educate caregivers by stating

  • “Scabies is only transmitted through person-to-person contact.”
  • “Everyone in the household needs to receive treatment.”
  • “If anyone shows symptoms, come into the clinic for treatment.”
  • “Since the child has started treatment, she is no longer contagious.”
Number 2 is correct.
Scabies is very contagious and can be transmitted from skin-to-skin contact and also by sharing towels, sheets, and bedding with an infected person. Since scabies can be transmitted before symptoms occur, everyone in the household should be treated; other members of the household may already be infected.