Scabies: Using Medicines
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 all clothes, bedding, and towels used in the 3 days before you or your child started treatment. Use hot water, and use the hot cycle in a dryer. Another option is to dry-clean these items. Or seal them in a plastic bag for 3 to 7 days.
Do not apply the scabies medicine more often than is recommended by your doctor.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||August 5, 2013|
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