Itch mites are also known as scabies. They live on human skin and are not visible to the human eye. They can spread throughout the skin if left untreated and become a severe problem for your entire body. One to three eggs are laid daily by the female itch mite. Without treatment, itch mites can spread to another person. Itch mites cause severe itching and large blotchy redness after scratching.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Seabuckthorn oil
- Permethrin cream
- Sulphur cream or lotion
Go to your doctor. The doctor will take a scraping of your infected skin and test it for itch mites. Your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic cream that will need to be lightly rubbed into your skin once or twice daily depending on the severity of the infection.
Spread topical treatment onto the skin infected by itch mites. One topical treatment is sulphur cream or lotion. This doesn't require a prescription, but it is best to talk to your doctor before using it. Sulphur cream or lotion is an over-the-counter treatment and is non-toxic.
Use a permethrin cream such as Elimite on areas infected by itch mites. Spread the permethrin from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. Leave it on overnight or throughout the day for eight to 12 hours and wash off. Elimite cream will require a prescription from your doctor. Lyclear creme rinse is another permethrin product that can be used after washing the hair. Massage onto scalp for at least 10 minutes to help get rid of itch mites.
Wash bedding and clothing frequently. Vacuum the mattress before placing another sheet on the bed. This will help keep the itch mites from returning.
Tips and warnings
- Itching can continue for up to four weeks.
- Keeping surroundings clean. Change and clean sheets daily until you are rid of the itch mites.
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