How To Treat Scabies

Are you looking for information on how to treat scabies? In humans, scabies occurs when the scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of your skin. The scabies mite will then lay eggs under your skin. Common symptoms of scabies include itching and skin rashes. Generally speaking, scabies will not exhibit any symptoms until two to six weeks after the infestation has occurred. Unfortunately, even though you may not know if you have scabies, you can still be spreading it to other humans.

To treat scabies, you will need to:

  • See a doctor
  • Obtain scabicides
  • Wash your bedding, clothing, and towels
  1. See A Doctor. If you believe that you have scabies, you must see your doctor. Your doctor will have to do a skin scraping or remove a scabies mite from your skin to confirm that you have scabies.
  2. Obtain Scabicides. Your doctor will prescribe to you a medication that is commonly referred to as a scabicide. A scabicide refers to a lotion that is used to treat scabies. It can often take several weeks for the scabicide lotion to treat your scabies. There are no over the counter medications that have been approved to treat scabies, which is why you need to see a doctor.
  3. Decontamination. If you have been diagnosed with scabies, you will need to wash your bedding, clothing, and towels. You should wash them in hot water and seal them in a plastic bag for at least 72 hours. Scabies mites generally do not survive longer than two to three days without coming in contact with human skin.

Tip:

  • If you are being treated for scabies, your family members and sexual partners should also be treated for scabies.
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