How to get rid of scabies & mites

Updated April 17, 2017

Scabies are an extremely contagious infection caused by a tiny mite which feeds off its human host. Scabies is transferred between people through prolonged skin-to-skin contact. Once infected, the symptoms include intense itching and rashes of tiny blisters or red bumps. The bumps tend to initially appear in skin folds such as between the fingers and toes, the waistline and elbows. Anyone can get scabies and the infectious mites are found worldwide. Once diagnosed, scabies can be easily treated and eradicated.

Visit your dermatologist immediately upon first notice of symptoms. If you suspect you may have come into contact with scabies or are experiencing itching accompanied by a rash, see your dermatologist right away for testing and diagnosis.

Fill your prescription for scabies treatment cream. Prescription skin creams typically contain 5 per cent permethrin, lindane or crotamiton to kill the mites and eggs.

Apply the prescription cream diligently according to the directions.

Wash all of your bedding, towels and any clothing that your skin has come into contact with since infection. Use the hottest setting on your washer.

Put your clothes, towels and bedding into the dryer and allow the clothes to heat at the hottest setting for up to 60 minutes.

Vacuum your entire living area including the furniture and rugs. Remove your vacuum bag and discard immediately once complete.

Spray any items that may have come into contact with your skin with disinfectant spray. These items may include hair brushes, sponges, telephones, chair arms and computer keyboards.


If you can't wash certain items, seal them into a plastic bag for one week to kill the mites. Treat everyone who may have had skin contact with the infected person whether exhibiting symptoms or not.

Things You'll Need

  • Dermatologist
  • Prescription scabies treatment cream
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Vacuum
  • Disinfectant spray
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