Getting rid of scabies involves three steps: medication, washing infected items, and informing any sexual partners or people who’ve come into contact with your clothing and bedding.
And if you still have itching, new burrows, or pimple-like rashes two to four weeks after treatment, you may need to go through this process again.
1. Scabies medication.
Washing with ordinary soap won’t make a difference. There are no over-the-counter or non-prescription scabies treatments. So go to your doctor or health care provider if you’ve got scabies symptoms.
Purchase the prescribed scabicide (medication that kills scabies) lotion or cream. Prior to applying it on your body, wash and towel yourself dry. Apply the scabicide all over your body from your neck down to your toes.
If you’re treating infants and children, the scabicides need to also be applied to the face, scalp, and neck area. Leave the treatment on for the recommended time before washing it off.
2. Hot Water Washing.
Wash any of your clothes that you wore before getting treatment and any of your bedding in water that’s 60° Celsius or hotter. If you can’t wash your clothes, either dry clean them or seal them in a plastic bag for 72 hours. Do this also with your mattress and pillows. Otherwise, you can become re-infected with scabies.
Without human skin to live in, mites generally don’t survive for more than two to three days.
3. Informing your sexual partners.
Tell your sexual partner(s) or anyone else who may have come into contact with your bedding, clothing, or towels to get tested and treated too. Otherwise you could end up getting scabies again.