Treatments for Scabies


Treatment list for Scabies: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Scabies includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Scabies lotions
  • Lindane
  • Permethrin
  • Lindane gamma-benzene hydrochloride
  • Sulfur
  • Sulfur ointment
  • Soothing lotion - for itching during treatment and recovery.
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Testing and/or treatment of other household members or sexual partners
  • Laundering linen and clothes in hot water

Treatments of Scabies discussion: Several lotions are available to treat scabies. Always follow the directions provided by your physician or the directions on the package insert. Apply lotion to a clean body from the neck down to the toes and left overnight (8 hours). After 8 hours, take a bath or shower to wash off the lotion. Put on clean clothes. All clothes, bedding, and towels used by the infested person 2 days before treatment should be washed in hot water; dry in a hot dryer. A second treatment of the body with the same lotion may be necessary 7-10 days later. Pregnant women and children are often treated with milder scabies medications. 1

Anyone who is diagnosed with scabies, as well as his or her sexual partners and persons who have close, prolonged contact to the infested person should also be treated. If your health care provider has instructed family members to be treated, everyone should receive treatment at the same time to prevent reinfestation. 1

As with pubic lice, lindane is an effective treatment for scabies. Pregnant women should consult a doctor before using this product. Nonprescription remedies such as sulfur ointment also are available. Sulfur is fairly effective but may be objectionable because of its odor and messiness. Itching can persist even after the infestation has been eliminated because of lingering skin irritation. A hydrocortisone cream or ointment or a soothing lotion may provide relief from itching.2

Family members and sex partners of a person with scabies are advised to undergo treatment. Twenty-four hours after drug therapy, a person with scabies infestation is no longer contagious to others, even though the skin irritation may persist for some time. As with pubic lice, special care must be taken to rid clothing and bedding of any mites.2

1. excerpt from Scabies: DPD
2. excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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