Scabies is treated with lotions or creams that are applied over the body, below the neck. The treatment is left on for at least 8 hours. Itchiness can last for several weeks after treatment. Talk to your health care provider to figure out what treatment is right for you.
Because scabies is passed through close person-to-person contact, people in close contact are often treated at the same time. All clothes and bed sheets need to be washed with hot water (50 degrees Celsius) or dry-cleaned. Anything that cannot be washed in hot water or dry-cleaned should be put in a sealed airtight plastic bag for one week. Mattresses should be vacuumed.