Scabies: Using Medicines
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To successfully treat scabies, all members of an affected household must be treated at the same time. Follow these instructions when using medicine to treat scabies:
- Take a lukewarm (not hot) bath or shower. Dry off well with a towel. Do not share this towel with others.
- Apply the medicine according to your doctor's directions. In most cases, the medicine is a cream or lotion that is applied in a thin, even layer over the whole body from the neck down.
- On infants and children, apply the medicine to the scalp, face, and neck as well as the rest of the body. Avoid the area around the mouth and eyes.
- Trim fingernails and toenails short. Brush the medicine thoroughly under the fingernails.
- Leave the medicine on for as long as your doctor recommends.
- Wash the medicine off with lukewarm, soapy water, and dry the skin.
- Put on clean clothing and change your bed linens. Wash towels, clothing, and bed linens in hot water in a washing machine or have them dry-cleaned.
Do not apply the scabies medicine more often than is recommended by your doctor.
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||January 23, 2013|
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