Cleaning your environment is an essential aspect of a complete scabies cure.
While getting rid of the mites in your skin is challenging enough, what can be even more of a problem is avoiding re infestation.
If you’ve read around a bit on the Topix Scabies forum or elsewhere online then you have undoubtedly read complaints from people along the lines of “Scabies can not be cured” or “Permethrin and Ivermectin won’t work, nothing works!”
But that is far from the truth.
People have been cured, some very quickly, with these medications for decades.
Why these poor people online can’t seem to shake their infestation comes down to two simple factors:
1) They aren’t using the medications correctly. (I’ve already covered that in this post.)
2) They aren’t doing a good enough job of keeping their environment clean.
An unclean environment = an constant risk for re-infestation. You don’t want to fall into the same miserable trap as th hopeless people I mentioned before. So let’s go over some tips that will help you to out in your quest for cleanliness.
#1) Practice Simplicity. Remove unnecessary stuff.
Anything you don’t think is necessary to keep in your life during this process – stow it away.
House hold items like excess furniture, clothes, bedding, towels, rugs, blankets, couches. Store them in a spare room if you can, or if you have no spare room just wrap fabrics up in plastic so they are as easy to disinfect.
Remember, everything you come in to contact with it’s a good idea to disinfect. All it takes is a squirt bottle that you can carry around, this this permethrin spray.
The more clutter there is the more you have to clean and the more risk that mites will be hiding away. I mention more about this in the post 100 Practical Tips for Scabies.
#2) Deep clean everything
Surfaces – Use disinfectant sprays. Spray down anything you or other infested people come in contact with.
Pets – We love our pets and we love to pet our pets. But for our sake all this petting is going to do the opposite of helping us contain the mites – your pet will spread them to whomever they come in contact with.
Though scabies are unlikely to actually live off of your pets bodies it is highly likely that they can carry the mites on their fur for a long time if left there. You don’t want that.
As a solution you can either get your friends or relatives to pet sit, wear gloves when you pet your animals, or give your animals a good washing. Ideally wash with a strong solution, like this Sulfur concentrate pet dip for baths.
Carpets – With counter tops a quick swipe of a disinfectant will do the trick. Especially if you have thick carpets like shag. It’s a good idea to borrow or buy a steam cleaner.
The heated water and soap will kill off any mites that are currently calling your carpet home, not giving any mites a chance to burrow and wait.