How to Cure Scabies (with Images)

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How to Cure Scabies (with Images)
How to Cure Scabies (with Images)

Scabies is a common and persistent dermatological condition caused by mites that settle under the skin. The body reacts allergically to these, their waste and the eggs deposited there and, as a result, very small lesions appear with the possible appearance of blisters - called papules - and red spots, causing intense itching. Scabies is highly contagious through contact with other people who are infected, but you can get rid of scabies by eliminating the mites and your life will return to normal.


Part 1 of 3: Getting treatment

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Step 1. Recognize the signs of scabies

Any case of severe itching that lasts for weeks or months can result from scabies. Signs of illness include:

  • Intense itching, especially at night.
  • Papules, which clump together and appear on the skin as a rash. The rash may be limited to certain areas or the entire body. Common places include the wrist, armpit, elbow, genitalia, area between the fingers, and around the waist. The rash may also have small blisters.
  • Small path lines between the papules, which are the tunnels made by the mites under the skin. They are usually light gray in color and slightly raised.
  • Crusty scab is a particularly severe form. Signs of crusted scabies include thick crusts on the skin that disintegrate easily and may be grayish. They contain hundreds of thousands of mites and eggs.
  • Be even more aware of the above symptoms if you have had contact with someone infected with scabies.
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Step 2. Visit a doctor

It is important to look for a professional, as over-the-counter medications or home remedies will not completely treat the infection.

  • The doctor will usually only need to see the rash to diagnose the condition. It is also likely that he or she will collect a sample by rubbing the papules and looking for mites, eggs and feces under the microscope.
  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if there is any other problem, such as a serious illness or other skin condition.
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Step 3. Treat the itch yourself

If the itching is severe, you may want to treat it yourself while waiting for your doctor's appointment or prescription. Cold water or calamine lotion can provide relief. You can also use oral antihistamines such as hydroxyzine hydrochloride (Atarax) and diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl).

In case of more severe itching, your doctor may prescribe some time on topical or oral steroids

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Step 4. Get a prescription

Once diagnosed, your doctor will usually prescribe an anti-mite cream or lotion containing 5% Permethrin..

  • Permethrin is applied topically and causes some side effects like burning/sharp pain and itching.
  • Typically, Permethrin will take effect between 8 and 14 hours after application. However, your doctor may recommend a second application a week later to kill any hatching mites.
  • For people with a severe infestation and who have weakened immune systems, doctors may prescribe Ivermectin as an oral treatment. This is an oral medication commonly used for crusted scabies and taken as a single dose. Some doctors may prescribe a second dose a week later. Side effects include fever, chills, headache, loss of appetite, joint pain and rash.
  • Your doctor may prescribe other creams instead of Permethrin. They include Crotamiton 10%, Lindane 1% or Sulfur 6%. They are less common and are used if treatment with Permerthrin or Ivermectin does not work for the patient. Treatment failure with Crotamiton is common and its side effects include rash and itching. Lindane is toxic if misused or overused.
  • If you have a serious bacterial infection, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics.
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Step 5. Ask for herbal medicines

A number of herbs are traditionally used to treat scabies and research is underway investigating their effectiveness. Currently, the only proven effective remedy is a doctor's prescription. Don't trust and just use these treatments. Instead, talk to your doctor about combining one of these herbs with medical treatment::

  • Neem (Azadirachta indica).
  • Karanja (Pongamia pinnata).
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa).
  • Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia).
  • Barberry (Berberis aristata).

Part 2 of 3: Treating Scabies

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Step 1. Bath and Towel - Dry your body using a clean towel

Before applying the medication, wait a while for your body to cool down from the heat of the shower.

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Step 2. Apply cream or lotion

Start from the back of the ears to the jaw line and work your way down, applying lotion to the undersides. Apply using cotton bags, a brush, sponge, or any other item provided with the treatment that is intended for the purpose.

  • Continue to apply the cream to cover the entire body. Do not skip any part of your body. You should cover your genitals, soles of your feet, area between your toes, back and buttocks. Ask for help in areas you are not able to reach.
  • After covering your entire body, take care of your hands. Apply between fingers and under nails. You will need to reapply the cream to your hands each time you wash them.
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Step 3. Wait

Leave the lotion or oil on your body for as long as prescribed. Typically 8 to 24 hours.

How long the medication is used on your skin will depend on the product and your doctor's instructions

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Step 4. Take a shower to wash off the cream or lotion

Once the time has been met, wash off the medication in a warm bath. Be aware that the itch may remain for a few weeks after treatment.

The problem occurs because your allergic reaction to the mites continues as long as the dead specimens are still on your skin. If this worries you, talk to your doctor again

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Step 5. Treat everyone in the house

All members of the household need treatment, even if they don't show signs of scabies. Doing so will prevent reinfestation.

Don't forget the people who visited your home (regardless of how long they stayed

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Step 6. Repeat as instructed

The cream is usually applied once, with a subsequent application after seven days. But, it will depend on the instructions of your doctor or pharmacist. So follow the prescription.

You will likely have to return to your doctor in a week or two, when he will review your progress and continue your treatment

Part 3 of 3: Preventing Reinfestation

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Step 1. Clean the house. To prevent re-infestation after treatment, it is vital to clean your house thoroughly

A scabies mite can live outside the body for a day or two. Cleaning the house will ensure that any remaining mites are dead.

  • Disinfect the floor and bathroom surfaces with a mop (you only need to do this after the first treatment).
  • Vacuum the floor, carpet and rugs. Dispose of waste in an external dumpster and dispose of it as soon as possible.
  • Wash the mop with bleach before cleaning each room.
  • Clean carpet with steam, professionally or with a home steamer.
  • Clean the air conditioning filters weekly.
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Step 2. Wash all towels and bedding in hot water

Wash bedding until you no longer have any rashes for at least a week. Wear disposable gloves when undoing bedding.

  • If you have a heavy comforter, you can put it in an airtight bag for seventy-two hours.
  • Dry clothes and bedding in a dryer or on a clothesline in hot weather and in direct sunlight. Dry cleaning is also suitable.
  • Every night, put the blankets in the dryer before putting them to bed to make sure the infestation is eliminated.
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Step 3. Wash your clothes daily

Store clothes that cannot be washed in airtight bags for seventy-two hours to a week.

  • .The same approach should be taken with stuffed animals, brushes, combs, shoes, coats, gloves, hats, robes, bathing suits, etc. Airtight packaging is available in many places and takes up little space.
  • Put your clothes away when you take them off.
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Step 4. Get help

If possible, get someone to cook and do any cleaning that requires washing, etc., until the next day. Doing so will ensure that you can get the best impact from the treatment. Scabies medication can negatively affect you if you get wet while washing dishes or preparing food.

  • If you live alone, try pre-cooked meals that are ready to be heated and eaten. Wash items in the dishwasher or use disposable options until you can freely resume using the water.
  • If any part of your body gets wet, reapply the medicine to that area immediately.
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Step 5. Do a reassessment after six weeks

If you are still itchy after this period, it could indicate that the treatment did not work. See your doctor and ask for new treatment options.


  • You will continue to itch for about a month after all the mites are dead, but if you don't get any new rashes then you're cured.
  • Eggs will hatch every two and a half days. If you notice a rash two and a half days after the first application, talk to your doctor to find out when you need to reapply all the creams, etc. You killed the adults, but the eggs that were already under the skin may not have died (which will result in new eruptions). Get rid of them before they lay any more eggs.
  • Avoid contact with infected people.
  • Wash as many items as possible. After treatment, wash all materials (such as clothing, bedding, and towels) that have been in contact with all infected people in the past three days.
  • Wear disposable gloves when putting infected people's laundry in the washing machine. You won't want more mites than you've already acquired. Wear a new pair of gloves every day. Use a different pair of gloves to take clothes out of the machine and fold them.
  • Keep infected people's dirty clothing in separate bags, away from the clothing of other family members. Do not put dirty clothes in the baskets you will use to clean other clothes or there will be a re-infestation.
  • Use Invermectin only if you couldn't get any relief from anything else. The medicine can make your eyes sensitive for approximately 24 hours, so wear sunglasses most of the day.


  • Do not continue to apply the scabies medicine if the itching continues. See your doctor or pharmacist and get help.
  • Unless medically indicated, avoid using steroids or corticosteroids. You should not use them to fight scabies as they weaken your immune system.

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