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Scabies Treatment Overview

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First steps to consider

  • See a healthcare provider if you have symptoms of scabies, which include intense itching and a pimple-like rash.
  • Scabies is treated with prescription medication.
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  • Itching can be treated with OTC allergy pills and anti-itch creams like calamine lotion.
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When to see a healthcare provider

Always see a healthcare provider—either your primary care provider or a dermatologist—if you have signs of scabies. The main symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like rash.

Make sure that everyone who you have been in close contact with also gets treated.

If you have a weakened immune system, it’s especially important to get treated quickly to avoid complications like bacterial infections and abscesses.

Getting diagnosed

Scabies is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms and a skin exam. Your provider may also take a sample of your skin to check for mites and their eggs.

What to expect from your doctor visit

  • Products that kill scabies mites and eggs, called scabicides, are often prescribed. They include permethrin cream (Elimite) and crotamiton cream or lotion (Eurax).
  • Crusted scabies or scabies that cover most of the body may need to be treated with oral ivermectin (Stromectol). Ivermectin is also used to treat scabies in people with a lowered immune system. Ivermectin is not safe in pregnancy and small children.
  • Steroid creams may be prescribed to relieve swelling and itching.
  • Keratolytic topical cream is sometimes recommended for crusted scabies to soften the skin. Many are available over the counter. Ingredients include salicylic acid, urea, and lactic acid.

Prescription scabies medications

  • Scabicides: permethrin cream (Elimite), crotamiton cream or lotion (Eurax), benzyl benzoate lotion, spinosad liquid, sulfur ointment, lindane lotion
  • Ivermectin (Stromectol)
  • Steroid creams

Providers who treat scabies

  • A primary care provider can diagnose and treat scabies.
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