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Health & Fit Embarrassing Questions: Could I catch something from wearing secondhand stuff?

22:08  11 july  2018
22:08  11 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Q: I love vintage stores, but could I catch something from wearing secondhand stuff ? A: Heard of scabies? The most common stowaways in secondhand threads are Sarcoptes scabiei (aka scabies) Keep all your purchases in a plastic bag and stash them in the garage or basement for two weeks.

To the point where you can 't even watch certain things because you're just so embarrassed on Her parents tell us when she appears in something , but I can 't bear to watch anything because I can 't help but imagine all the I only get second - hand embarrassment from IRL situations or reality TV shows.

Q: I love vintage stores, but could I catch something from wearing secondhand stuff?

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A: Heard of scabies? The most common stowaways in secondhand threads are Sarcoptes scabiei (aka scabies)-eight-legged mites that burrow into your skin and cause intense itching and blisters. But you can still look fabulous in vintage with these tips:

Be picky about your stores. Good vintage and consignment shops (as opposed to the rummage sale in a church basement) are careful about what goods they take, so you're less likely to have a problem.

Bag your buys. Before you wear someone else's cast-offs, starve the mites. Keep all your purchases in a plastic bag and stash them in the garage or basement for two weeks. They'll die of starvation.

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There's no question , shopping second hand is essential for ethical and sustainable reason. Admittedly, I haven’t been one to appreciate the art of shopping second - hand , or wait, is it called thrifting now? The thought of buying something used was always a little off-putting to me .

- Can I try on these two dresses please as I ’m not sure which size will fit me best? take something back – return an unwanted item to a shop. - When I want to buy a special outfit for a wedding, I shop in an independent store so that I can be sure that no one else will be wearing the same thing .

The most common stowaways in secondhand threads are scabies (YUCK!). But if you love vintage threads, here's what you can do to protect yourself. © Getty The most common stowaways in secondhand threads are scabies (YUCK!). But if you love vintage threads, here's what you can do to protect yourself. Wash clothes well. Take the bag of retro threads straight to your laundry room. Don't risk someone opening the bag and spreading the possible mites around. Wash in hot water and dry them on high heat. If something can't be washed at home, take it to a dry cleaner.

Check out your bites. If you've already developed an itch and blisters, it's time to see your doctor. She may prescribe permethrin or crotamiton, topical meds that kill the bugs quickly (though you may still itch for several weeks). And because scabies is contagious (the mites are easy to pass around), your doctor will likely treat everyone in your family and others you all come into close contact with on a regular basis, even if they don't show any signs of scabies yet.

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