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Will scabies ever go away ?

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Dr. Adam Mamelak
Mohs Micrographic Surgery 22 years experience
Scabies treatment: Scabies can be effectively treated with medicated lotions (ex. Premethrin) and sometimes a pill (invermectin). However, the mite can live in bedding and clothing. Therefore, it is important to wash and launder all of you linens in hot watet after you scabies treatment to prevent re-infestation. As well treatment often needs to be repeated weekly for 2-3 weeks.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Will scabies infection go away on its own?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not likely: If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. Second, you will have
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with). There may be some things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. You can put them in a big plastic bag and tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because scabies can survive without being on a human for 24 to 36 hours. Also clean all the hard surfaces you have been in contact with (like furniture). You need to vacuum floors, rugs, mattresses & upholstered furniture.
May 23, 2013
Pasco, WA
A 26-year-old female asked:

I just found out I have scabies and I have the cream for it when will it go away ?

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
One week: Scabies treatment usually works but a repeat treatment imo e week may be needed. Resolution of itching may take a week or longer, occasionally patients need oral medications.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Will my scabies bites go away overnight with cream?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It take more than: That. If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. Second, you will.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with). There may be some things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. You can put them in a big plastic bag and tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because scabies can survive without being on a human for 24 to 36 hours. Also clean all the hard surfaces you have been in contact with (like
Oct 23, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
furniture). You need to vacuum floors, rugs, mattresses & upholstered furniture.
Oct 23, 2013

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