What Are Scabies Treatments?

Q:
What are scabies treatments?

A:
Scabies treatment involves eliminating the infestation with medications. Several creams and lotions are available with a doctor’s prescription. You usually apply the medication over all your body, from your neck down, and leave the medication on for at least eight hours.

Because scabies spreads so easily, your doctor will likely recommend treatment for all household members and other close contacts, even if they show no signs of scabies infestation.

Medications commonly prescribed for scabies include:

  • Permethrin cream, 5 percent (Elimite).
  • Lindane lotion.
  • Crotamiton (Eurax).
  • Ivermectin (Stromectol).

Although these medications kill the mites promptly, you may find that the itching doesn’t stop entirely for several weeks.
Therefore, home remedies is very important.

  1. Cool and soak your skin.
  2. Apply soothing lotion.
  3. Take antihistamines.

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