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Scabies is cured with pills or medicated creams that kill mites and eggs. You need a prescription from a doctor for scabies treatment.

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What is the treatment for scabies?

Scabies is treated with prescription medication that kills scabies mites and eggs — called “scabicide.” Scabicide usually comes in the form of a cream or lotion. You rub the scabies cream everywhere from your neck down to your toes, and then wash it off after several hours.

Sometimes your nurse or doctor may prescribe a pill to take instead. Make sure to carefully follow your doctor’s directions and the directions on the package.

What do I need to do to get rid of scabies?

Along with using medication, wash or dry clean all of your bedding and towels. Also wash or dry clean any clothing that you've worn when you had scabies. Wash these fabrics on the hottest setting, and dry on them on the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.

You can put things you cannot wash that may be infected in a sealed bag for at least three days, until the scabies mites and their eggs die out. It’s also a good idea to vacuum carpets and furniture where infected people hung out (throw away the vacuum bag after). You don’t need to call an exterminator or fumigate your home.

Tell your sexual partners and anyone else you were in close contact with when you had scabies. They should all get treated at the same time as you so you don’t re-infect each other. And don’t have sex or any other kind of intimate contact until you finish your treatment.

It’s normal to still be itching 2-3 weeks after your treatment, even if it worked and cured your scabies. If the itching lasts longer than that, or if you notice new rashes or burrow lines, you may need to do the treatment again.

Are there home remedies for scabies?

No. You need a doctor’s prescription to cure your scabies. Some home remedies and over-the-counter products can help with itching and discomfort, but they won’t kill the mites or get rid of your scabies infection.

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