Scabies will not go away without treatment. You need to use a special cream or lotion that a doctor prescribes. In severe cases, your doctor may also give you pills to take.
Some scabies medicines are not safe for children, older adults, and women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. To avoid dangerous side effects, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
If you have scabies, you and anyone you have close contact with must all be treated at once. This keeps the mites from being passed back and forth from person to person.
All of your sexual partners need to be treated. Other people living in your house do not need to be treated unless they have shared your bed, clothes or towels. All clothes and bed sheets need to be washed with hot water or dry cleaned. Anything that cannot be washed in hot water or dry cleaned should be put in a sealed airtight plastic bag for three days to kill the mites.
After treatment, the itching usually lasts another 2 to 4 weeks. It will take your body that long to get over the allergic reaction caused by the mites. If you still have symptoms after 4 weeks, you may need another treatment.