Treatment After Scabies

Scabies Mite: A Microscopic Menace
Scabies Mite: A Microscopic Menace

Killing scabies mites on your body is a relatively simple procedure. However, after you've used the topical treatment your doctor recommends, there's still some work to do to be sure you don't become reinfected.

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Treating Scabies

If you're diagnosed with scabies, your doctor will prescribe a medicated lotion such as permethrin or crotamiton, which can go by the brand names Elimite, Acticin or Eurax. This is applied to the body from the neck down and kept on for about eight hours. However, once you rid your person of the human itch mite, you still must ward of post-treatment itchiness and thoroughly cleanse your personal items.

Treating the Home

Take inventory of anything in your environment that you've been exposed to or come in contact with for three days prior to. Wash all bed linens, clothing and towels in hot soapy water and dry them using the hot air cycle.

Some personal items might not be washable, such as wool coats, caps, scarves and pillows. Seal these in plastic bags or containers for at least 72 hours. Scabies mites can't survive longer than that without a human host.

Treating Yourself

You might experience itching for several weeks after applying a scabicide. This is because you're experiencing an allergic reaction to the feces the mites left behind in your skin. Taking cool baths or pressing a damp washcloth against the skin can soothe itching. So can use of calamine or a similar lotion.

If the itching is severe, your doctor might recommend that you take over-the-counter antihistamines. However, if you're still experiencing symptoms more than two to four weeks post-treatment, you may require another doctor's visit, as this could be a sign that you've been infested again.


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