Over the Counter Cure for Scabies

Updated July 19, 2017

Scabies is a skin condition caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes Scabiei. The mites cause severe itching where the mite burrows into the skin. Scabies is contagious and is easily spread through physical contact. While scabies can be treated with over the counter medications, it is always best to consult with your physician if you believe you have contracted scabies.


Products containing sulphur will help cure scabies. You can purchase sulphur creams over the counter at your local chemist. Sulphur is safe for children and adults; however, you should consult with your child's paediatrician before you use any treatment. Many of the creams containing sulphur are marketed to treat acne, but these products have also been found to be effective in treating scabies.


To cure scabies, purchase creams that contain at leash 5 per cent Permethrin such as Kwellada-P or Nix Dermal Cream. Both of these products can be purchased at most chemists or online. Apply the cream to the affected areas, leave on overnight and then wash off the following day in the shower.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural cure of scabies and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will disinfect the wounds left by the scabies. You can purchase tea tree oil at most vitamin stores or your local health food store. Apply the oil directly onto the affected areas of your skin several times a day.

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Johnna Munzo earned her Marketing degree in May of 1997 from the University of North Texas. She has been a freelance writer for several years and has been writing for Demand Studios for two months. Ms. Munzo enjoys writing articles that relate to children, games and health.