How to Treat Yourself & Your Home for Scabies


Scabies is a skin condition in which a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei burrows and leaves tiny tracks on your skin, resulting in extreme itchiness. According to the Mayo Clinic, scabies is contagious and can pass from person to person via physical contact. Therefore, it is important to treat scabies immediately to prevent your entire family from experiencing the wrath of this little mite. There are specific steps to treat yourself and your home for scabies.

Things You'll Need

  • Scabicide lotion
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Large plastic bag

Have your doctor evaluate you for scabies. If you have scabies, get a prescription for a scabicide, a medication that kills the mite.

Squeeze a generous amount of the scabicide lotion onto your hand.

Apply lotion to all parts of your body from your neck to your toes.

Apply the lotion to the face, scalp, neck and entire body if you are treating an infant or child.

Leave the lotion on your skin as recommended by your doctor. Wash it off after the recommended time elapses.

Put contaminated bedding, clothes and towels into the washing machine and wash using hot water.

Place the items into a dryer after washing. Make sure the dryer is set to high heat.

If items cannot be washed, or if you don't have a washer and dryer, secure the items in a large plastic bag for at least 72 hours. Scabies do not survive if apart from human skin for two to three days.

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