3 Home Remedies for Scabies Rash

May 7th 2016

The best treatment for scabies involves getting a prescription for a scabicide from your physician. Treatment typically takes up to four weeks; during the first week or two of treatment, the condition may appear to get worse. Some people require multiple treatments to get rid of the infestation. If you need a second round of treatment, you should also give your bedding, furniture, towels and clothing a second round of cleaning, since they may have become reinfested as well.

Clean Infected Fabrics

Once you or someone in your household is diagnosed with scabies, wash all clothes, bedding and towels that have been used in the last few days in very hot water and then dry them on a high setting. Any items that are not machine-washable, such as pillows, stuffed animals or non-washable garments, should be placed in a sealed plastic bag for over a week to allow the scabies mites to die out. Dry cleaning can also kill scabies mites.

Vacuum the entire home, since the human itch mite can live away from human skin for several days. Vacuum upholstery as well and throw away the vacuum bag as soon as you're finished. Don't forget to get car upholstery and carpeting vacuumed as well. Vacuuming should be sufficient; you shouldn't need to have your home fumigated.

Tend to and Avoid Scratching the Sores

Don't scratch scabies sores, since doing so can cause them burst open, making them susceptible to infection. Trim your nails very short to prevent inadvertent scratching, and clean them well to remove any eggs that might be lurking there. Your doctor may prescribe antihistamine lotions or steroid creams to minimize scratching. While cool compresses or calamine lotion might feel good, don't use them when also using these topical prescription medications.

Avoid Home Remedies That Don't Work

While some people swear by tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, clove oil, bleach, and olive oil and lemon as cures for scabies, none of these remedies have been tested and proven successful in killing and removing the mites. Get a prescription for a medicine that works from your physician instead.


Scabies can only be treated successfully with prescription medication. However, there are several actions you can take to prevent a reinfestation of scabies or to keep it from spreading to other members of your family. Scabies is caused when the microscopic human itch mite burrows into the skin and lays its eggs; it's spread by skin-to-skin contact with someone who already has scabies. While many home remedies are touted as curing the condition, none of them are proven to work.

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