Medical treatment is the only way to cure scabies. A doctor will usually prescribe a topical medication, such as permethrin cream or malathion lotion, to kill the mites and eggs. These medications are applied to the skin from the neck down and left on for several hours before being washed off.
In addition to medical treatment, there are a few things you can do at home to relieve the symptoms of scabies and prevent the spread of the mites:
- Take cool oatmeal baths or baking soda baths. This can help to soothe the itching and inflammation.
- Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the affected areas. This can also help to relieve the itching.
- Wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing. This will help to keep your skin cool and dry.
- Wash all of your bedding, clothing, and towels in hot water (at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and dry them on high heat. This will kill any mites that may be present.
- Clean your home thoroughly, paying special attention to areas where you spend a lot of time, such as your bed, sofa, and chair. You can use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or a damp cloth to clean these areas.
It is important to note that scabies can be very contagious, so it is important to treat all members of your household who have been exposed, even if they do not have any symptoms yet. You should also avoid close skin-to-skin contact with others until you have completed your treatment and the scabies mites have been killed.
Most people are cured of scabies within a few weeks of treatment. However, some people may experience itching and rash for up to several weeks after the mites have been killed. This is because the body’s immune system is still reacting to the mites and their eggs.
If you have any concerns about scabies or your treatment, please talk to your doctor.