Avoid using antiseptic such as dettol and savlon. Avoid overuse of tetmosol soap, which may worsen existing pruritis.
Step 3: Wash All Clothing and Bedding in Hot Water
Fortunately, hot water without any chemical additives can disinfect scabies.
The mites can only live 48 to 72 hours without human contact, so catching scabies from clothes or linen is rare but definitely possible. For the best chance at preventing scabies reinfestation, you should wash all your bedding, couch covers, clothes, and towels, including those in your closet.
To fully exterminate the mites, youll need to wash your clothing and linens at a high temperature (130-140 degrees Fahrenheit) and follow up with drying the items on high heat.
Be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling your laundry, before and after washing.
Step 1: Consult a Physician
Recovering from a scabies infestation begins with treating the skin condition. To get proper care, you should see your primary care doctor.
A physician can visually identify the rash, or in some cases, may take a sample by scraping underneath the infected area. After diagnosing the rash as scabies, your doctor will likely prescribe a “scabicide” lotion or cream that kills the mites and eases the itch.
Can you treat scabies without consulting a doctor? It isnt recommended. There are currently no approved over-the-counter or natural remedies for treating scabies yourself, so you will need to seek the help of a medical professional.
Step 2: Remove Clutter
Once youve begun treatment, you can start tackling the larger task at hand—ridding your home of the mites.
First, youll have to clean out the clutter and identify individual items that could be infested. Remember, scabies mites can live anywhere: in large stacks of papers, piles of dirty laundry, or in your couch cushions. Check under your bed and other cluttered areas to remove items the mites may currently live within.
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