100 Practical Tips for Scabies Treatment

100 practical tips for scabiesThere is a lot to know when it comes to treating scabies mites. 

Not only is there a lot to know, there is also a lot of questionable advice given online about treating the dreaded mites. Just browse the the Topix scabies forum for some examples of this.

There are a lot of people on those forums and online that bring misguided, highly emotional advice to the table.

While there is a good deal of helpful info available, there is also some BS you need to sift through. And if you are new to this whole thing its really hard to discern what is good or bad advice.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

I know it took me forever to get a good grasp on understanding scabies, but by the end of it I could seeclearly what works and what doesn’t.

So without further adieu, here are 100 tips for dealing with scabies.

Tip #1) Be sure you actually have scabies.

Check out the Google Image search for Scabies. It’s not pretty, but really take a look and discern whether those physical signs match up with yours. There are other potential problems you are having such as eczema, ring worm, bird mites, Morgellons, impedigo, drug reactions, contact dermatitis… etc. 

Tip #2) It is easy to spread Scabies from person to person.

Some doctors will tell you that Scabies can only be contracted from close and continuous physical contact. This is definitely not true.

Every time an infested person touches something, anything, there is a chance they are leaving behind mites that someone else could pick up.

A glass, a remote, clothes, a computer, a cell phone, a water bottle, a door knob… the list goes on. You can get infested that easy. Just touch one of those things and you could be picking up scabies.

Tip #3) Most folk cures/remedies will not completely cure scabies.

Take a look below at this photo from the scabies photos page:


scabies burrow under skin picture

As you can see, Scabies like to travel underneath the skin, sometimes well below the surface layers. This is also where they lay their eggs. 

This means that folk remedies lack enough power to kill all the mites. Even if they are powerful enough to kill many mites it is highly unlikely that they will reach the very well protected eggs. Plus you’ll probably still have some live mites remaining that will have been damaged, but are still free to move to other areas of the body.

Some natural treatments that are not likely to cure you are:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Naturasil soaps
  • Neem oil
  • oregano oil
  • cayenne
  • bleach
  • Clove oil
  • Sulphur. While sulphur can kill off large swaths of your infestation I would NEVER rely exclusively on it for treatment. You really need to use ivermectin and permethrin.

Tip #4) You can have Scabies but not be very itchy.

This happened to me.

When I first got infested it was hell. I started getting really itchy between my thighs and eventually it spread to my entire body. You know the drill.

After awhile though (about 6 months worth of failed treatments) the visual signs of scabies, as well as the typical high rate of itchiness subsided I thought that maybe one of treatments finally worked (I was using more natural remedy approaches like sulpher and neem).

But alas, I was wrong. Over the next couple months I unknowingly continued to carry around mites which led to a couple of my good friends getting infected themselves. This was really devastating to me.

Some people are completely a-symptomatic. They carry the mites but never have symptoms. Very unfortunate. So always be on your toes.

Tip #5)  Being minimalistic while you have scabies helps a lot. The less things you have around you the easier it is to contain an infestation.

This is a very basic and straightforward tip that many people ignore.

The more things you touch, the more things you have to disinfect if you want to keep your environment Scabies free. 

While you are dealing with this thing try to keep all you’re possessions that aren’t completely necessary stored away. Bag them up or just put them in a place where you won’t have to worry about them.

This means less washing, less spraying/disinfecting and less to think about.

Tip #6) Ivermectin and Permethrin are the best treatments to use for scabies.

This is cut and dry. These medications do the job, everything else falls short.

If you don’t want to mess around with these mites then go straight to your doctor and get prescribed or go online and buy these treatments over the counter. I can tell you this after trying other methods of curing scabies and being disappointed each time. The closest I got to a natural cure was with sulphur, but it didn’t completely resolve the condition. You don’t want to go through what I went through. You can buy permethrin cream online here

Tip #7) Ivermectin and Permethrin are safer than some people would lead you to believe

When I first got into treating myself for scabies I fell into the logic that Ivermectin and Permethrin where unnecessary toxins and that there were natural ways to cure scabies that would work “over time”. 

Let me tell you, I would have saved a lot of grief if I had questioned this advice a bit more.

First of all, natural oils, homeopathy (i’m not knocking homeopathy in general, just for scabies), and immune system cures do not work. I can attest to this first hand. So that is kind of a deal breaker. Clove oil and Sulphur are something of an exception. They do a decent job of killing the mites, but again, you are unlikely to accomplish a complete cure solely with them.

As far as safety goes, after looking up a ton of peer reviewed articles by scientific investigators I am convinced that the toxicity of ivermectin and permethrin is very low for humans. Of course this is if you take only the recommended dosages. If you are doubtful I recommend doing some research for yourself. Also, I will eventually be compiling a post that breaks down many of the scientific articles I’ve read.

Tip #8) Use disinfectant sprays to keep all of your surfaces clean and mite free.

Like I said a in the first tip, scabies can spread easily and they can spread fast. You owe it to yourself, your family, your friends and the rest of the world to minimize the potential for spreading the mites.  

It can be easy to get the mites on surfaces for others to pick up.To stop the spread get a disinfectant spray and use it on all surfaces that you’ve touched. 

I recommend:

Permethrin Clothing Spray (spray it anywhere, not just on clothes.)

Natural Chemistry De Flea Spray

Spray Nine Multi-purpose disinfectant-cleaner

Tip #9) Avoid Scratching your itchy skin.

Scratching your skin will not give you much relief. In the moment it feels good, but it only makes the itch worse in the long run. It also increases the likelihood that you will spread mites across your body. I have more information on this topic in my posts 3 Reasons to Avoid Itching Yourself and How to Itch Your Skin But Not Spread Mites.

Tip #10) Cut your Nails Short, and keep them short.

This is the first thing to do when you know you have scabies. It is related to tip #8, because when you scratch there is a good chance you will spread mites to other parts of your body. When your nails are long they act as perfect transportation for the mites as they get stuck under your nails with your dead skin cells. I’ve written more about this on this post.

Tip #11) It is important to get treatment for your friends and family.

If you do everything right in your treatment and got rid of the mites, wouldn’t it just suck so badly to get them right back from another person you come in contact with? This happens a lot since the mites are so pervasive and easily spreadable. When treating yourself make sure that anyone who could have potentially caught your buggies has taken preventative measures.

Tip #12) Clean your animals.

In addition to your human friends, you could also pick up the friendly mites from your pets. It is a really good idea to treat your animals at the same time as your treatments. 

Tip #13) Deep clean your carpets.

Some surfaces can house mites easier than others. With a tile floor or counter, all that’s needed is a quick swipe with a disinfectant. It’s a different story with carpets and rugs, and heaven forbid if you have an old shag carpet.

A good idea is to rent or buy a steam cleaner. These will thoroughly disinfect your carpet and leave them clean as the first time you bought them. You’ll likely be able to rent a steam cleaner from a store near you, or you can buy one online. I was already thinking about a good carpet cleaner so I sprung for buying one. I definitely don’t regret it! This is the one I bought.

Tip #14) Utilize mattress covers

Speaking of surfaces that can become mite strongholds, let’s talk about mattresses.

While keeping your sheets clean is extremely important (wash them after each night in them), it is also good to be aware of the potential for mites being deposited inside your mattress itself. 

Bugs love mattresses because of all the tasty dead skin cells. A small population of scabies mites could easily live off of the dead skin deposited in your mattress for awhile.

Now before you toss your (potentially) infested mattress, consider getting a mattress cover. These plastic covers will keep the bugs out and are super easy to clean.

Tip #15) Be proactive about reducing itch.

The itch from scabies might be one of the most uncomfortable experiences you’ll have. It’s a really good idea to do what you can to lessen it and make it more manageable. It sucks to lose sleep over a terribly itchy night.

I have a post that discusses 10 ways to reduce the itching. Go check it out. 

Tip #16) Bag up most of your clothes to limit laundry usage.

One of the biggest time consumers for scabies is the amount of laundry we have to do. It sucks. Just bagging up the majority of our clothes to be reopened after we are cured makes life a lot easier during the time that we are curing ourselves.

Tip #17) Scabies can survive laundry cycles.

When you wash your clothes double check that your dryer is on the highest setting possible. You might even want to run your clothes twice in the dryer.

Tip #18) Take a mini vacation from home if your house is extremely infested.

If you’ve been having a ton of problems with getting re infested then I recommend taking your dose of Stromectol/Ivermectin/ and leaving your house behind for at least a week.

Tip #19) Drinking alcohol makes itching worse.

A lot of people online have said this and I can confirm it first hand. If you decide to drink take notice at the degree of your itching. If you itch more, then stop. If you can’t stop drinking, maybe that’s something you should look into.

Tip #20) If you don’t have a good washer/dryer be sure to at least use effective detergents.

Use 3 cups of ammonia in your laundry, 3/4 cup of borax, 1/2 cup of washing soda and regular detergent. That should ensure that you’re laundering will kill the mites.

Tip #21) Disposable gloves are extremely useful.

Buy a ton of them and use them often. Our hands are a very easy way to spread mites and a frequent change of disposable gloves can make a huge difference in our cure.

Tip #22) Saran wrap electronics.

You’re going to want to keep your surfaces clean, so you’ll need to be constantly disinfecting. This is challenging with electronics because you don’t want to ruin them. With saran wrap you can wrap your remotes, keyboards, computer mouse etc..

Tip #23) Use your freezer for small items.

Utilize your freezer to disinfect you’re shoes and small things overnight. I kept my rings and necklace in the freezer overnight.

Tip #24) Easy to clean indoor shoes

Flip flops or Crocs plastic or rubberized are easy to sanitize, spray with Lysol or soak in boiling water with bleach or borax, good to wear around the house. 

Tip #25) Easy access disinfectant wipes or sprays in each room.

I kept clorox wipes in most of my rooms for easy access. Also permethrin spray would be a good thing to have handy. Unless we have our cleaning items easily accessible it is just too easy to miss out on opportunities for the bugs to spread.

Tip #26) Take long sulphur soaks every few days.

In addition to your ivermectin and permethrin treatments it is probobaly a good idea to soak in a sulphur bath every few days. I did this near the end of my infestation

Tip #27) Don’t spend too much time reading forums on scabies.

Researching scabies is stressful. The whole situation sucks and if you dwell on it by doing too much reading on the topix forum you will stress yourself and itch more and more. Just make sure your treatment is done right, follow through on it every day, and let the rest run it’s course. Don’t overthink it.

Tip #28) Believe deeply that you will get better.

It’s so easily to think fatalistically when you have these mites. They limit your life, make you uncomfortable and cause you to fear spreading them. It’s miserable. Don’t add to your struggles by feeling stuck and that you’re far from being healed. See the light at the tunnel, because it’s there.

Tip #29) Eating sugar and wheat will make you more itchy

Scabies become far more active when sugar has been consumed in your diet. From what I understand it is because they feed off of it and become invigorated when it is in their system. Yeah gross. I’ve found that eating wheat, which in so many people causes the immune system to react, will make the itching way worse too. 

Tip #30) Never use towels twice and be sure no one else uses your towels

There’s no better way to spread scabies throughout a household than to share towels. So after you’re done using a towel make sure it gets isolated and not touched again until it is washed. If you share a house with uninfested people this is an extremely important step. You never know who likes to use your towels.

Tip #31) Be sure to do follow up treatments in your regimen

After your first dose of stromectol/ivermectin and/or permethrin you will indefinitely feel some relief from the condition. It might be tempting to avoid doing a second or third round of treatments but this is a huge mistake! The reason we do multiple treatments is to address unhatched eggs or mites that we missed on the first round. You will be mad at yourself if you stop treating yourself too soon!

Tip #32) If you are strapped for cash, avoid the temptation to try to cure with home remedies.

If you don’t have much money to spend on this condition then just go straight for the permethrin and ivermectin cure. If you buy permethrin over the counter (Amazon / Ebay) and get the ivermectin gel it will be inexpensive and you will be done with the condition very quickly.

Tip #33) Buy multiple pairs of cheap shoes and lots of socks.

Scabies frequently infest the feet and your socks and shoes can be carrying live mites at any given time. For this reasons you should never wear the same pair of socks twice, and also cycle different pairs of shoes. When you are not wearing a pair of shoes keep them in the freezer and/or spray them with disinfectant

Tip #34) If you have lots of carpeting roll up what you can

Scabies linger in carpet and can keep you infested. If you can roll up whatever carpet in your house and keep it rolled up until well after the infestation is over with.

Tip #35) Be mindful of over treating yourself

While it’s important to be vigilant and treat yourself extensively, it is also important to keep aware that you could be ruining your skin with too many treatments. Now I doubt you’ll actually “ruin” your skin. You might just damage it quite a bit, but still. If you are treating with permethrin just avoid other natural treatments to help ease your skin. Occasional sulphur baths are all that i’d recommend. 

Tip #36) On “Curing scabies from the inside out”

You might run into advice online saying that scabies is a result of an internal imbalance in your body and if you resolve you’re diseased state internally that scabies will go away. Use your common sense and avoid these types of advise. Scabies is going to infest even the healthiest of people, it doesn’t matter.

Tip #37) Be wary of bleach

Bleach baths are commonly recommended online and even by healthcare professionals. Bleach is not going to cure your scabies though, so i’d say staunchly avoid the stuff.

 Tip #38) Utilize forums on the web that talk about scabies.

The topix forum can be helpful on occasion. also Curezone and Patient.co.uk.

Tip #39) Become very familiar with what scabies burrows look like.

When it comes to diagnosing scabies and figuring out whether you have them or are suffering from post scabies it is very important that you can distinguish what the burrows from active mites look like.

Scabies buHere is a picture of how the mites burrows will appear on your skin ->

Tip #40) Never underestimate a “mild” case of scabies.

Scabies is scabies. Either you have it or you don’t, and no matter what if you have it you need to treat it seriously. It doesn’t matter if you are not being bothered by it like some of the people you read online about, you NEED to treat it or it will never leave your life, and you will spread it to other people as well.

Tip #41) Tread lightly when it comes to scabies and pregnancy.

I have not had to be involved with scabies during a pregnancy, so I can not give adequate advice on the topic. But I will say that you should be VERY careful when treating yourself if you are pregnant; especially if it is a new pregnancy. No one wants to harm their babies. Please do your research!

Tip #42) Never settle with leaving scabies untreated

This is just a big no no. Not necessarily because you are hurting yourself by doing this, but because you have the potential to pass this condition on to OTHER people. Which is a horrible thing to have to feel like you’ve done.

Tip #43) can scabies kill you?

Surprisingly this gets hundreds of google searches a month. No scabies can not kill you. 🙂

Tip #44) Are scabies really that contagious? 

The answer is a resounding yes. Scabies can be passed on to other people in extremely unsuspecting ways. All it takes is to be in the same environment with someone who has the mites, maybe not even there at the same time as them, and you are at risk from picking up scabies. You can get scabies even from just being downwind from someone who is scratching their itch!

Tip #45) Scabies in your scalp 

Many people have reported that scabies can survive and thrive in the human scalp. If you think your scabies condition has spread above your neckline it would be a VERY good idea to add shampoos to your treatment regimen. A good product to use for this is Sulfur8 Shampoo.

Tip 46#) Can you see scabies mites?

The answer is no. Scabies mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye. You need a microscope yourself or have a doctor analyze your skin for the mites.

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  1. Scabies MYSERY says:

    About Permetrin and Ivermectin, let me say is not that easy as you post here. Many people try these drugs without any improvement. And that is beacuse the “one dosage” regime of these medications. Maybe to erradicate scabies you might need a longer and more continued treatment, but you cannot do that with ivermectin nor permetrin, because for longer treatments and dosages they might be very harmful. I mean, yes, they are safe if you use them once or maybe two or three times, but sure that will not be enough to erradicate the mites. And more dosages will be really dangerous.

    • If you use the medications correctly then you will absolutely kill the mites within 2 rounds of treatment. I would like to say one round, but a second round is necessary because the eggs have protective enzymes which can block the treatments. So it is necessary to kill them once they hatch, before they have a chance to reproduce.

      Many doses is of course unhealthy, but it is also unnecessary. If you take the necessary precautions 2 treatments will be all you need. The only issue beyond that is the potential for reinfection. If your environment is not clean, you will get re infested, then you will need to treat continually.

      If you are not a proponent of ivermectin or permethrin, may I ask what you recommend as a cure for scabies?

      • my scabies was cured with MMS Solution. Approx. 30 drops ea. in a hot bath, pat dry and stand there while you apply Clove oil mixed with coconut oil. 4 tablespoons coconut and 3/4 teaspoons clove oil. too much clove will burn you esp. after a hot bath. twice a day for 2 weeks with keeping am absurdly clean environment will cure your scabies. I throw my clothes straight in the dryer for 80mins because the dryness will kill them. Also try and eat lots of vegetables, and stay away from sugar best you can, peppermint tea and soap helps a lot too! Goodluck!

        • when applying coconut and clove oil start at neck, do not apply to face. and work your way down your body getting EVERYWHERE! let sit on body for approx. 15mins. Clove oil kills scabies and Eggs!!! i recommend two weeks twice a day because your most likely getting reinvested and it keeps killing them! I personally hated the doctor prescriptions. some scabies can develop immunities to Pesticides, and cannot ever for natural oils. plus i don’t like the idea of putting pesticides on my skin.

          • oh yeah and for the mms bath make as hot as you can handle with still being able to sit in it. 10mins upper body, 10mins lower body, at end hold head under water for a few seconds… Get an itch relief gel from CVS or something to keep from itching. Get on a routine, seperate infected from uninfected, and stay organized and clean (makes things easier) Also make sure to descabie your car! Lysol whipes and disinfectant spray!

          • Yeah pesticides are killing the earth and us? Clove oil sounds tempting. Good post Scabies Suck big ones. I’d rather die than continue living with these m.f.ers. and I’m tired cleaning, but I do. Of course. Peace be kind to animals. Carol

        • Brainbuster says:

          What the hell is MMS Solution?


        Solutions? I now have sulfur to add to creams, shampoos, hair conditioners at call it 10 %. I now have 36.8 % permethrin to use on furniture, etc., but I am scared stiff to try it ! A solution as smooth as fine quaity talc is diatomaceous earth that cuts their exoskeletons and they die. You can get the food quality one and ingest it, if you have internal mites. Baking soda self and environment, and ammonia for cleaning and clothes washing, plus heaps of (wintergreen) rubbing alcohol are great.

        Learn their life cycle: every time I say well I have won and they are gone, they must be fooling me, or mating, because within hours I have an army on my outer skin surfaces.

        During these latter episodes, I think I can see mine: they are vanilla or black pepper. Where it itches, I can carefully pick them off (not under nails) and dispose of them on a tissue that goes immediately down the drain or in the garbage.

        All success stories would be great.

      • Thank you for all of the information. I have a question. I am obviously prone to scabies. I had then when I was in college 2 different times. Now I am married with 2 small kids and I have them again. It’s been a month. But no one else in the family has them. Is it possible that I am prone, and they are not? Could they be “carrying” them but not showing any signs of bites?

        • I think it is unlikely that they have been dormant, only to show themselves at certain points. But not impossible. Have you experienced low levels of itchininess throughout this period? I remember I had them for a few months after thinking I had got rid of them. I wasn’t crazy itchy like before, but still had some itchiness.

          • How did you know you still had em? Did it come back in full force later, after the itchyness died down? I assume you’ve taken the oral medication after, according to tips and the fact you said you spread them.. or did you think, OH MY GOSH I still have them, after it was spread to friends?

      • Love organics says:

        I would never put poison on my skin! When I found out what I had. I used comments sense, I went to an organic store and grabbed 3 natural insect repellents! Deet free! All Terain Herbal Armor 2 Oz bottle 1 can of badger balm and a bottle of herbal outdoor spray from theraneem! I don’t think the theraneem did that much. But I put the herbal armor on all my troubled areas and I woke up itching everywhere else! I was on to something! Took 2 showers a day, but put covered myself in both of these products from top of neck to toe 3 times a day also using both on every itch I felt throughout the day! All my problem areas were cleared because I always used extra on them. After 2 weeks I had almost no bites on my body! By the 3rd week none. But I still continued to use it for another month and I was still ironing ALL my clothes before the touched my body! I didn’t care if my dryer did get to 160°! I didn’t take chances! But you have to be able to deal with 10% citronella and 2 % peppermint on the genitalia! Starts to feel refreshing after a while!

      • seriously says:

        I have been to the dr 15 times hospital 5 times in the last 2 years and each time it’s always a different diagnosis…my first visit to ER diagnosed with scabies I treated home n used a very expensive tube of cream with no relief then several more times back to dr n er and different dx…so I went to dermatologist they did a biopsy and it come back nothing but I’m at my wits end I have lost my looks due to spots all over my body they even have gotten in my mouth I guess from me biting my nails and I have lost my teeth from this also I can feel them in my eyes and it’s messed with my vision my nasal cavity in my sinuses and my face was so disfigured and when the get in my sinuses and mouth I smell this oder of like old musty oily scent hard to explain I can feel them crawling and then it’s like a sting with icy hot and next day after scratching in my sleep I’ve got a terrible spot I’ve tried peroxide n bleach and that seem to have helped the most when I use these I will dab directly on area and I have a sensation in my ears of kinda like a air pocket letting release…they have gotten in my private area so bad I couldn’t use the bathroom so my gynecologist did several things n stated I have shingles so I started having a fever and alot of pain n I went to ER and they diagnosed me with staff…I specifically told him I feel as if I’m being eaten alive and bugs crawling all over me and are u sure I don’t have shingles he assured me I didn’t and I received high powered antibiotics he diagnosed me with staph infection… here I am in horrible shape again…it’s like every 2 to 3 days it’s a new outbreak…and the areas use to be small but now they are almost size of a quarter and if it heels it scars and discolored ur skin to white patch so I’m polka dotted this is really caused me some mental issues I want go out in public unless absolutely necessary because I think ppl can see them running all over my body cause I can feel them and I’m afraid there visible again my sight is not good due to damage to my eyes I’m embarrassed and think ppl don’t even want me to visit ride in there vehicle borrow the rest room due to the fact I might infest them but nobody that I have come in contact with has any of the problems I’m having but I’ve even thought about suicide and ended having mental treatment over this I can’t get any help or any relief after 2 years of suffering and my body debilitating and loosing my teeth and sight and scarred for life oh and I’ve also lost my eyebrows and around my forehead my hairline the hair has broken or completely com out I have places in my head there’s not a place on me that hasn’t been affected somebody plz help me I’m suffering seriously…

        • Seriously seeking real answers says:

          Your story sounds exactly like mine except I can’t see any running around on my skin, and my genital area has not been affected at all. My head I have a couple spots. My kids…one who often climbs in my bed in the middle of the night …have no symptoms thankfully …but that is part of why the doctors don’t seem to think its scabies. I also have none on my waist, my fingers or toes. I’ve had skin scrapings, biopsies, mental assessments, std tests, blood tests, cancer testing etc …I’ve used permetherin and ivermectin. I’ve used been oil, Lyme sulfer dip for over a year now which Ive seen work miracles on mange deviststed dogs off a local reservation. The two men I’ve had involvement with repeatedly over the years ( both have lived with me …one just s friend, other a relationship) do not have any symptoms. Two years of this. I’m loosing my mind itching, I have no social life, list my job and can’t get hired anywhere, am in financial ruins and need serious help to end this mess so I can get back to normal life.

      • Not true. My sister has used it correctly and has been prescribed a second dose and she’s having to go back again. A lot of people have complained that this stuff is less than effective.

        • I think most of the failed attempts with these medications is due to user error. It is incredibly easy to become re-infested from your environment. So even if you kill all of them on your body, maybe two days later you sit on a couch that has scabies on them and bam you’re reinfected. Or, if you’re using permethrin cream, it’s likely that many people do not cover their body in it’s entirety and thus leave living bugs left on them untreated.

      • If I don’t get rid of this within 1 more month i will kill myself. I have tried for so long everything and it doesn’t work. Why does it have to be like this. I think i know who gave it to me at first and i wish to murser them but i won’t. I will utilize your advice and will let you know in 1 month.

        • I know youve said youve tried everything, but what have you all tried? I totally understand it can drive you to the brink of insanity, but you will get rid of it eventually, and then it will only be a distant (very unpleasant) memory.

          • I have to stay clear away from the pesticides, specifically the nervous system toxin which is permethrin.

            I read an article about a condition that happens for some people after the second permetrin dose. It lasts about 3 months and the patients are sick with all sorts of ailments. Most people swear it’s because they are still infested with scabies. A study proved, by a double blind study, that they were in fact cured.

            Instead of just saying the patients may suffer side effects from absorbing through their skin a nerve toxin, they said that maybe it was remnants of scabies fecal matter and dead scabies that our immune system still had to clean up.

            Another research study was able to look into this and found it to not be the case.

            For me with this information, you can’t pay me to take the perception. I’m going with sulfur soap, tea tree oil and neem oil soap, the disinfectant product sold on Amazon for fighting scabies and other things.

            One last thing to keep in mind is that scabies do not feed on our blood. They only eat skin cells. Their life cycle is very short too (as compared to bed bugs which can be greater than 12 months).

            We are keeping off the furniture for 2 months which is consistent with their longest life cycle. On the couch we can sit on and the bed we can sleep on, we not only have mattress encasements, but have laid large tarps and then large towels. This way, we remain separated from the furniture so the scabies can die off and if we think it is infested again, the towels get washed, the tarps get thrown out, and a new layer of the two gets put back on.

            This should be overkill according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which I’m glad to hear. The CDC reports it is uncommon to get infested through furniture unless it’s the crusty Norwegian scabies. To keep me sane, I remind myself of that.

            I think it is up to us to disrupt their life cycle by bathing twice daily using whatever holistic soap or bathing technique you want to, (that’s just an example) and things like that. I’m going to look into the clove oil to just in case what I am doing doesn’t work.

            Hope this helps

    • Can permetrin be used on your scalp? The directions say, apply from head to toe so i just wondered.

  2. How can you get dead scabies out of freshly washed white socks?

  3. I just want to say I agree about what you are saying! I am also extremely frustrated right now as my household is on month 4 and still not rid of them!!! Scabies ARE more communicable than prolonged personal contact. Thanks for the info. I feel better after having read this!!

  4. Clove Oil works says:

    Boy, for a website called “lifewithoutscabies.com” your information on holistic treatments is way off. Perhaps a little actual research before proclaiming your information as gospel?

    Here are a few peer reviewed articles in the literature on the effects of essential oils (clove to be exact) on killing scabies. Enjoy!



    • Hi “Clove Oil Works”

      I don’t doubt that clove oil is able to kill mites. The studies you’ve linked to absolutely confirm that.

      I am just very hesitant to promote essential oils as a *complete* cure. Ivermectin + permethrin are more or less a sure bet, especially when combined. So that’s the route I choose to recommend.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • I have a German-style dagger scar across my forehead from taking ivermectin and using heavy amounts of permethrin. Now I must detox. The prescription instructions say about the first that causes fainting; yes indeed: I fell on a glass table top. I have permanent dizziness, & loss of balance, especially in the evenings. These are environmental toxins that we put in our body. I bought 37.6 % permethrin liquid, but what to do with it!!!

      • Hey. First time around for this. My daughter ended up with it after someone dropped a dog at the house (I’m pretty sure it was dropped) . I gave it flea baths and let the kids love on it. (Wasn’t missing hair or anything at first) only had it 14 days before rehomeing. We already had two dogs. Anyway I wished I knew the lady who stopped and asked for dog my husband gave it away while we were on vacation. And about a week at my parents my daughter breaks out. I think it’s eczema because she does get that. But it exploded!! Then I remember running into a woman at Walmart telling me she had caught mange from her dog. I told her I knew it could but never had it happen to anyone I knew before. Said she battled it for a year now. I told her I thought doctor or ver would have medicine? She was just an aquantance but knew roughly where I lived. She asked do you still live at —– I realized this is probably the dog. She dropped the dog off!!!! I didn’t go to doctor as we were out of town. Dr Christopher’s worm medicine for humans and the next morning they had little black centers in bumps. So I mixed wormwood ground herb and Dr Christopher’s medicine and grapefruit seed oil together and alternated between it one night and horse dewormer the next rubbing on skin. It was not ivermectin it was called strongide paste. But it helped. I also did tea tree oil in showers too. This was what I had to work with at time. This along with black seed oil by mouth and olive leaf extract by mouth. Ok so I went aggressive LOL. it cleared whithin week. (Oh yeah swimming in swimming pool everyday of vacation lol) My mother ordered sulfur soap. But didn’t need it (I thought) But two weeks later we are home and my other daughter has them. So I go to doctor and get permethrin cream. I use it and it seems to help. (I already knew it probably take more than one treatment. But I did do something that I rememberd (halfway through treating with all the herbal stuff) when I was younger treating a dog. Before dipping use peroxide on skin. I don’t know if it makes the eggs or exoskeleton soft or opens pores but this seems to make initial treatment effective with my other daughter too. Really warm shower then peroxide then rinse some dry off and add the permethrin. I went ahead and bought permethrin 10 from tractor supply for 6$ to treat my animals and spray furniture and make a cream if I run out. Plus DE. Trust me I don’t like pesticides BUT I WANA NIP IT IN BUD FAST! Poor babies. And I wish we had known when my husband gave the dog away so we could have warned her. But she stopped to tell my husband in the road and he said well it isn’t mine. And there it went. I pray that lady and her children aren’t going through same thing.

  5. Theusmedsystemsucks says:

    Do you work for the pharmaceutical companies or what? They make so much money off these pesticides which are so bad for us, yet they get ppl to think they’re safe. So much push for these drugs when SO many ppl are showing they aren’t working well. The mites are becoming resistant. Like a hybrid scabies.

    • Definitely not working with big Pharmacy! Pretty much classless fools all of them. But, permethrin and ivermectin are what cured me in the end. And for us, a cure is what matters most.

  6. Okay. So I am a registered nurse. Got scabies from a patient that had crusted scabies. Talk about extremely contagious. I need to clarify a few things for you.
    After a year of scabies, I am curing it…the only place that feels itchy is my scalp and I only have 2-3 red spots on my body. I’ve gone through a summer of itching, with 4 treatments of permithrin which did nothing…went on a 10 day trip to Nevada with my boyfriend and his family in August…my boyfriend came back cured and I felt great. Dry weather kills them. My house/clothes must have been infected, because the symtoms started up upon my return. A winter of denial. I would get random prickly bites on my neck and no where else. I think it was because I was taking a lot of epsom salt baths and they were floating to the top. I would burn the outside scabie and my own skin with clove oil and figured this got the sucker. I thought I had 2-3 at most from what I had researched. No bites on ankles, legs, back, or stomach. Well, once spring hit, all hell broke loose. They love humidity, just like fleas. They multiplied and when I found out how to actually see them, I was finally more aware of how these little effers operate.

    #1 Apply 1/2 orange oil and 1/2 cocunut oil. If you have an infestation like i did, the effers will come crawling out of your skin. They are like tiny microscopic fleas, they are the black spots on your skin after you rub the orange oil mixture in. The adults stages are larger, 1/2 mm and grey and 1/2 and brown and more bug like. I found several dead ones and was able to see the bugs.

    #2 Buy kleen free. It took me almost a year to buy this product, even after reading countless testimonies, and that and orange oil have been my saving grace.

    #3 if you have a high efficiency washer, switch the hot and cold hoses and wash everything on cold (with hoses switched every thing will wash on hot). This was the last the culprit on why I couldn’t get cured.

    #4 clean your work environment daily with 1/2 bleach 1/2 water and kleen free.
    I worked from home for 1 week and that along with the kleen free, made all the difference.

    #4 Take Ivermectin at 200 mgc/kg weekly for 3 weeks. This is how my dermatologist prescribes it and he knows what they are doing. Unlike the first dermatologist I went to, because I was living outside my hometown at the time.

    #5 If you are getting new red spots and bites, you are still infected. Permithrin and allergic reactions do not cause obvious bug bites, if you believe this you are in denial as I was.

    #6 think of them as tiny fleas that burrow in your skin, this made it easier for me to deal with them.

    #7 Good luck and much love! I don’t wish this plight on my worst enemy.

    • mominneedofhelp says:


    • No no : I disagree : I had clothes washed and dried then put in plastic bags sealed. 5 months later I opened it and immediately I had red dots on my hands. Theses are not from new infestation but a result from the ” dead mite dust” which induce an immunoglobulin A reaction : basically the body react like someone is allergic to peanuts, to the allergen contained from the “mite ” skeletons. In bags, out of washing machine at 90°C and drier, after 5 months it’s dead, only their bodies remains and that alone provokes red dots and this is not a new infestation.

      • How did you confirm it was “dead mite dust” versus active scabies? Did it fade within 24-48 hours or did it spread? I assume the more dead mite dust, the most spread, and it’d be easy to think you’re reinfected. Or did you put it back in the washer/dryer afterwards after bagging them up for 5 months?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your posts. I have been infected for months. I am not sure how this happened but it’s been complete misery. At first, I had no idea what was going on and went to my doctor who said it was probably poison ivy. Uh no.
    Then I went to a dermatologist who said if I stopped scratching it would go away. She gave me some skin-colored tape to block scratching and sent me away. It got worse, much worse. And, the tape ripped away skin and caused more pain.
    At that point, I was so frustrated I didn’t want to go to doctors anymore and decided to ignore whatever it was. About a month later I took my son to the ten minute clinic at Walgreens for a sore throat one weekend. The nurse practitioner was very friendly and asked about the rash on my arm. I told her my long and sad tale, and she told me it was probably scabies. (Ewww, I thought).
    She gave me a prescription for premethin (sp?) and little advice. No treatment for family members, etc. I was re-infected shortly after and still searching for answers. I went back to the mediclinic and talked to a different nurse who said she couldn’t diagnose skin conditions.
    I went to a second dermatologist who performed a biopsy on one of the burrows. When I went back she said there was no evidence whatsoever of scabies and sent me away with a steroid cream for the itching. She just seemed to want to get rid of me and suggested I talk to a psychiatrist. Well, I’m crazy I thought and I went. Next, it was round of anti-depressants and more misery. The mites continued to thrive and my son developed itchy spots.
    So, long story short, I found another nurse practitioner who seems to be willing to listen to me. When I asked why the biopsy was negative and I had so many signs of scabies, she said she didn’t know. “But, if it looks like scabies and acts like scabies, we’re going to treat it like scabies.”
    Now, I am readying for preventhin treatments for my husband, myself and my son in conjunction with a house-wide deep cleaning. The nurse did not prescribe Ivermectin so I bought some online via Amazon and plan to go for the 1-2 punch. I stumbled across your site while looking for cleaning tips. You thought of lots of things I would have missed. So, awesome, thank you.
    Like the nurse who posted, my case has evolved to the point the scabies can be seen, which is totally gross. My main point of infestation is my forearms. If I massage tea tree old and a tiny bit of olive oil a few will exit the skin and look pretty much like tiny fleas. I’ll spare you other gross details except to say the infestation has spread to my scalp and face, including my eyes. When this first happened, I freaked out and ran to the emergency room. Those folks were the least helpful and made me feel even more like a freak.
    I’ll stop there. But to others who have suffered because of poor diagnosis, I have much empathy. That’s as frutrating as the mites, trying to figure out what’s going on, thinking you’re crazy or a dummie. That can be really discouraging. Meanwhile, the mites are gaining strength and making things even more difficult. To those folks, I say: be strong and educate yourself. Don’t cry in the doctor’s and don’t try to diagnose yourself there. Tell the doctors your symptoms in a matter of fact tone and let do the talking after that. People like to figure things out for themselves. If that doesn’t work, look for a smart nurse practitioner. It always seems like the two that I met were more willing to consider all the possibilities. They were both also very down to earth and much more caring. (That could be my unique experience thought).
    Thanks again for your tips and for sharing your experience!

    • I am so sorry about your miserable experience. I am a bit perplexed at the fact that you “saw” your scabies. I thought scabies could only be seen via microscope and NOT with the naked eye. And don’t they burrow pretty deep in the skin? How did you get to see them exit the skin? That sounds strange to me but awful. And I wouldn’t dare challenge your testimony. I hope your nightmare is over.

      • You can see them! It’s gross$

      • After using the permethin cream for my first dose tonight I witnessed what looked like little splinters (some with a greyish white hue on the end) appear on my arms WHERE THERE ARE NO RED BUMPS :O
        I about lost it after little orange… sand-like particles started aappearng AND then (!) little white clear balls all of these things were so tiny but I felt them. Not really a sting like others but a feeling of extraction (shivers) I’d rather see them than not!!! All these horror stories are so frightening. I have a little boy who is not infected as of yet and Im so scared. I dont know how I got them, and I hate bugs!!! Even ants and they’re pretty harmless. This is HORRIBLE.
        Anyhow, you can see them (Im assuming only in this process) as they are exspelled :(. I saved mine in a plastic baggie so people whether it be family members or my doctor doesnt think Im crazy!

        • Are you sure you don’t have morgellons?

        • Blu I even thought morgellens disease I saw grey thread like substance. I say substance for lack of better word. Out of two places after peroxide and permethrin cream but because of circumstances of the stray dog I cast that thought aside. But I did something that seemed too silly to share until you said you seen them. I took scotch tape and put it on my daughters red places after a dou or two of treatment. Left it on about an hour or so and removed it. Holding it up to light source (without microscope) tiny white/transparent ‘dots’ are visible. Yes this made me quiver but me and my daughter both seen them. I put them in a small ziplock bag taping it to inside for next time we are at doctors. (They didn’t do skin scraping) they also told me it didn’t look like scabies (because wasn’t between fingers and toes) but I insisted and told about using horse wormer as a paste while on vacation and how it helped my other daughter. (I didn’t mention herbal remedies) He shrugged and gave me cream. Said once should do it. Also it didn’t look like it yet because the first mosquito bite looking thing she had I made appointment. And three days later on her back all over. I wanted to get it before got bad like my other daughter while guessing. Stray dogs will always be loved but with caution from this day forward!!! Lol

          • The little white transparent dots are different than the grey dots. But both could be seen on scotch tape.

      • I found out I had scabies yesterday at the emergency room.prior to going there I too saw the black specs jump across my cell phone screen,on my skin,and under my fingernails.From what I’ve red the black specs are the adult scabies.I too have red articles saying you cannot see scabies.I call bs.I knew I had some kind of mite 24 hours before I went to the er.All from doing research online and comparing what I saw and felt to pics n stories online.I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with all of this.my biggest wonder is about my matress.Should I get rid of it?I read I could put it outside for two to three days n that would pretty much kill em.I also read I should just leave my home for ten days n take my treatment before coming back.making sure what ever i bring back with me has been disinfected or washed n dried.Can anyone tell me if any of this is true?

      • I don’t know why people say that they are invisible to the naked eye. That’s not true. I’ve gotten this a few times over the past 10 years, and on two occasions I was able to pull one out of a burrow using a pin. At first, I wasn’t sure this was what I had, but I could see it moving along the tip of the pin. They’re fast for their size, but they are extremely, extremely small. For a size comparison, I would say that they’re about 1/4 the size of a grain of salt. I taped it to a clear CD, and took it to my Dr. I also have a small stereoscope and when I looked at it under it, it was definitely a live, crawling mite. If you ever see what looks like a burrow, use a pin to slowly peel back the skin as you go along it. At the end you’ll see a small dot which tends to stick to the pin point. Put it on a piece of black paper and see if it moves. If it’s alive, it definitely will.

    • STEROIDS? BEWARE ! I went to all the leading dermatologists in one of the largest urban cities in the US. The last one put me on cortico steroid cream. Good for arthritis, too, so lots on the knees after a trip to Europe.

      Outcome? This prednisone class steroid gave me a period of 29 days, after menopause. I NOW NEED A HYSTERECTOMY, i.e., the upper part of my womb will be removed, because of those little critters, coupled with a string of ignorant dermatologists who are determined above all to get you out of their offices, to understandedly avoid contamination of their practices!

  8. anonymous girl says:

    Hi. Thank you so much for this website. I am currently dealing with my second round. 🙁 I had it the first time, over 2 years ago. This crap sucks. Anyhow, I was wondering if there was a second page to this list? The title says “100 tips,” but it only goes to #46. Am I blind?! I don’t see a link to go to another page! A quick response would be oh so very appreciated. 🙂

    • Glad to help. I’m sorry, the rest never got published. If it’s any condolence the ones listed here are the most important and all you should need for success.

    • I know the remedy,:,
      I was staying in a motel and I contracted scabies from a girl that was trying to be my friend, I went to the ER and the receptionist told me some classified info when I told him I couldn’t wait 8 hours for a doctor, I contracted scabies, he told me it’s an epidemic here in Los Angeles, and he gave me a remedy that those doctors in suits looked over, those white suits don’t mean sh!t… It’s about time we get doctors who actually paid attention to their studies and patients instead of misdiagnosing and giving pills for us to digest with no remedy in a hurry to go onto the next patient and ruin someone else’s stomach with a misdiagnosis….

      .:.Scabies Remedy.:.

      You will need: 1)Benadryl or Wal-dryl anti itch cream
      2) Benadryl (pink pill) knock off brand works too

      Take 2 benadryl 3 times a day
      rub benadryl on affected area 3 times a day
      Do this for 7-10 days until you know the scabies are gone

      You will have a side effect of lucidity, this will pass and you will be scabie free, make sure if you touch your scabies don’t touch another area, keep doing this and it will work, you will have relief soon enough to realize it works, I promise

  9. Hi,
    I am dealing with a scabies outbreak that I am almost sure happened because we came in contact with an infected person/s that did not take the infestation seriously and did not do the treatment right. I also have friends and family that we have come in contact with while infested (unknowingly of coarse) and we spend most of our time with these people, who I told and they and/or their doctors are also not taking it seriously. I have tried to make it clear to all of them that we refuse to come in contact with anyone who has not or does not intend to be treated in fear of a vicious cycle with no end. I am clearly new to this and I have been researching my butt off trying to depict fact from fiction. In almost everything I have read it says that the treatment of yourself and everyone around you is imperative in eradicating them. My question to you is am I exaggerating in my requests or am I smart in asking everyone to treat themselves and avoiding anyone who we’ve come in contact that hasn’t?

    • Danielle, thanks for commenting. You are being smart in asking everyone in your family to get treated. This condition can spread very quickly and often people can be unknowingly be carrying the mites.

      • I contracted these from the hotel that I work for. I am a front desk personnel. I have informed my employer as well as all of the hotel employees. NOONE will go get treated. I am miserable. I have cleaned my home, my cars, everything with bleach and permetherin spray. I have my second dose of perm. as well as my families in 2 days. I am so worried I will just get reinfected here at work. I don’t know what to do. I need my job, but my employer believes these buggers are only tranmitted through prolonged physical contact. I have told everyone to please do a quick internet search but they are all insisting they are symptom free, even though I have seen them rubbing, scratching and one fellow employee is covered in bumps. She thought she had bed bugs she said, but even she refuses to go to the dr. Truly I am terrified that this will be a never ending saga if everyone isn’t treated! Sorry I needed to rant, but I will be getting Ivermectin from the feed and supply store as I do not have health insurance and can not afford any more DR appt. Your info was very helpful I am glad to see some really good advice for all of us that are suffering.

        • Call the local health department. The employees are endangering other people.

        • Lauren,
          Do not get the Ivermectin from the feed store as the dosage would be incorrect for humans. Apparently, you can get the Ivermectin on Amazon, or go to WebMD.

  10. I have scabies, I’m the only one that itches. I went to a dermatologist amd he gave me a lotion and asked me if anyone in my house is itchy too and they aren’t he said for everyone in my house to apply the lotion once including me and their done but in 4 days I have to apply it again. I told him I have a boyfriend so he said to have him apply it once as well before we go to bed then in the morning wash all bedding and clothing and shower but im concerned his family and him can get it as well but he says he doesn’t itch but I’m concerned because I don’t have a dryer so how would I do my pillows, shoes, stuffed animals and stuff ?

    • Hmm. If you don’t have a dryer I’m sorry to say but you might just have to find one to use! If that means going to the dry cleaners, it might just be what you have to do.

      There’s just not much room for error with this condition. You need to keep all variables under control or you’re very likely to suffer from a reinfection.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • I worked in a hostel in Spain and the way we killed bedbugs on clothing was to put it all in a black plastic bag and leave it out in the sun all day. Perhaps after drying your clothing on the line you can leave it in bags in the sun for a day or two, it will get really hot.

        • Good tip. I agree that it’s unlikely that scabies would make it through a couple days in the sun like that. This could work well for those who live in a hot climate. But otherwise, sticking to a thorough washing schedule should be enough.

  11. Do books and electronics really get infected such as cellphones, kindles etc? How do I disinfect kindle, its so delicate and prone to damage? Please help.

    • Yes they can.

      • can I use permethrin + ivermectin on my face?

      • You are a ass hat with no medical degree Norwegian scabies can passed thru clothing and such they die very quickly with in 48 to 72 hours cannot be contracted thru electronic devices or thru pets your a moron and useless idiot go to medical school then post on medical stuff otherwise shut your trap admin

        • right..

          • And to further clarify on Aaron’s original question – the SURFACES of electronics can indeed host mites, if only for a short while. So when cleaning just swipe with a disinfectant wipe and it should be good.

      • I think you offer some good advice but also are hysteria bating a bit. To cover every appliance with Saran Wrap? Did you know,there was a study done–I believe in Germany–where people shared a bed with someone infected with scabies, and even with that close contact, very few people were infected. It is not as easy to catch as you are suggesting.

        • Hi Dana. I hope no one covers everything in saran wrap! Everything within reason. If you touch it; disinfect it. If you’re not using it, stow it away for awhile.

          Even if someone gets OCD clean freak for a month or two that is FAR better in my mind than dealing with the hysteria of having a long-term scabies infestation and the accompanied fear of not feeling able to eradicate the condition.

          As far as contagiousness – yes, there’s instances where people do not pass off the bugs with people who they are in close proximity with. But also I’ve experienced and heard from MANY people who not only passed the bugs onto their immediately family, but also their friends, co-workers, their gym – even their community at large.

  12. How to clean books and kindle (which is very delicate)? Do electronic items like PCs, remotes, cellphones and other daily use items like cream, and kitchen items can be a source of re-infestation of scabies?
    Can a person with scabies cook for others and wash else’s clothes by hand?
    Any help will be appreciated.

    • Hi Aaron. I’d recommend using a household disenfectant wipe / spray / rag to clean those small items. As far as washing clothes and cooking, just be aware of avoiding any mutual contact with any surfaces.

  13. Hi, me and my husband are suffering from scabies and we are also visit skin specialist for treatment. I want to ask that i do not have any dryer or warm washer and could not afford to dryclean all clothes so what other alternatives i can do for it..? Can i pore boiling water on my bed covers, clothes and towels in a tub and keep them in warm water for 10 – 15 minutes to kill scabies and wash them afterwards in simple washing machine..?

    • I believe that should work!

      • I was in a similar boat. Although we have washers and dryers on site, they were just too costly to use. I’ve been boiling everything! First thing in the morning I boil mine and my daughters pajamas, jump in the shower with her, I get out after ‘rinsing the surface walkers’ remove the bedding, boil those, hang the PJS, bleach the non porous floors (kitchen and bathroom), jump back into the shower for a more complete wash. I got a mite proof bed cover for our mattress, and it thankfully fit the feather top in it as well! I keep a cloth soaked with cedarwood and tea tree oil in my laptop when not in use (hoping this is enough to kill, or at least drive them out to areas where there are more easily dealt with). I wash my hands several times a day, but my toddlers less often, however I clean the surfaces she touches several times a day (if I can). We take another shower in the evening and use peppermint tea tree oil shampoo with added neem and boil our day clothes, to be hung before bed. I wipe down the mattress and pillows (also covered) with bleach and a damp cloth before remaking it. I have been deep cleaning (Borrowed from a neighbor the same deep cleaner you purchased) and have been doing my floors every 2-3 days, I did my couch the first time, and have covered it with a fresh sheet daily. My biggest challenge is the toddler. I have closed off her bed room for several days now to avoid needing to decontaminate it. I only allow her a few non porous toys that are easy to clean. I wanted to make sure I could get them out of the enviro before wasting time with the creams. So I started this regime shortly after the appearance of our first rash. For the first two or three weeks after the rash I was scrambling to get things lined up for a total eradication (bagging laundry and putting them into storage, the boiling, procuring the deep cleaner, etc). During this time I treated with neem and tea tree in a coconut carrier, found that although it helped keep their numbers down, you’re right, not great for total eradication. But perfect for the time that I needed to line my ducks.
        Getting our script for Permethrin was easy!!! We didnt even have many visual signs. What I did was take several photographs as the rashes, burrows, and bites were fresh and showed them to the Dr when we went to clinic. I TOLD THEM I HAD SCABIES when I called and did not wait for them to come to their own conclusion. They came in thinking it was scabies, agreed with me, gave us the scripts, and home we went to start! That was one week ago today! Tonight we will do the second treatment. Excited! Please tell me that there is a light at the end of this tunnel? Did I miss anything? OH Froze my shoes, and often just put then up for several days because frankly, I’m a single stay at home mom with a special needs toddler, we dont go out much ^.^ Shouldn’t three days untouched do the job with the shoes? I cant afford to buy socks right now either ^.^ So I soak them in hot bleach water every night, wring them out to dry and we each have 2 pairs to rotate. Our tap water is scalding hot!!!

        • Ok, here are some tips for people with small children. A little history, my daughter was born at 1 lb. We’ve been through the gamut. She has several food and environmental allergies, A few of which are potentially fatal. I cover all bases! I don’t play around and her Dr’s know. I’m educated and confident when I go into their clinic. They all know who my daughter and I are because I’ve made it a point that they do. I called two weeks before we went to walk in clinic to make a back-up plan. I explained to the charge nurse, and the pediatrics nurse, to be expecting us at walk in clinic. Bonus, if you tell them you’re likely contagious, you might get lucky in smaller town like mine and not have to sit in the waiting room too long. ^.^ Luckily they were pretty well done with walk in clinic when I came in, two weeks later.
          I now see that first treatment as almost a test run. I messed a lot of things up. BUT I still feel like the majority if not all adults met their demise, except one or two in my hair. So before we even got the creams, to help with treating my daughter. She is vision impaired and has a lot of sensory amplifications. I started massaging her at night right after she fell asleep with moisturizers, essential oils, etc. Test spots of the oils so that I knew if there were reactions. Coconut carrier was ok with her food allergies, I cook with it all the time (we started with a olive oil carrier, coconut oil is much more pleasant). I would give her a good massage and if she woke I would let her know it was for the itches. And the oils did help very much. She came to trust that. Permethrin, same story, different night. ^.^ By this point she’s trusting this is going to help, and I can sleep through it. Her Dr gave me a script for benedryl, you can get it over the counter, but her insurance pays for it, so that’s what I do. I give her one dose before bed, helps her sleep more soundly, fight waking up, and helps keep her from scratching at her face with her meds on. She tends to put her hands in her mouth but hates being restricted (undoubtedly from being a NICU baby, she doesnt like things on her hands, in particular). I used tights both times we used the Permethrin. and put pajama on over them. Did her hands and chest first, then the rest of her body, put the tights on right before slipping her back into her favorite footies (added comfort). Then continue with a full face/scalp rub down (as suggested with babies. She is a 20 lb 2.5 yr old now). Close attention to all creases. Her hands and feet, nails, etc. I did my head too. My toddler plays with my face a lot, I’ve been feeling them in my hair and on my face, so no way was going to leave a place uncovered this time around. Just be careful. DONT MISS ANYTHING. You know where they’re hiding because if you did it right the first time, you’ve been feeling the eggs and larvae and should have a good idea of where you need to focus for round two. ^.^ 24 hours after first treatment we both felt the next generation hatching. It’s a horrible feeling, but the silence of the previous 24 hours let me knew the cream worked on all adults. Felt the pins and needles of the larvae doing their thing. 3 days of that and 4 days of molting. You want to get them exactly one week, if you can! They are not adults (if you did your job in your environment and on your body). No new eggs are laid if you killed them all with the first one. I’m pretty sure I did that. 2nd treatment I was waaay more liberal with the cream. I want them gone! I will keep you posted! Freezing shoes in a bag was an awesome tip! With a toddler I find she was always trying to put my shoes on if I left them out. I’ve done both in the freezer and in bags in the closet.

          • Thanks so much for your wisdom and advice, Vera Icon!

          • So here we are a couple months later and I am confident that we are clean! I can totally see how people will panic and retreat several times. DONT DO THAT! I had to fight the urge and a lot of it seemed psychological. When I would get a post scabies bump suddenly I’d start feeling the sensation of being bitten again, but it just wasnt the case. We’ve had no new burrows and there are less and less rogue hives. The hives come and go, one or two hives every 3 weeks or so. Your skins healing process can cause itching sensations that make you worry. I’ve been sing my coconut and neem oils to keep moisturized and my skin has never felt better. I still can see a few little red marks on my skin, but hoping with time those too will heal! Good luck everyone!!! You got this, just dont panic 🙂

        • Thank you for taking the time to write this. We all appreciate it.

          • I am just praying that this was all enough! Frankly, it’s exhausting and my hands are already full with a vision impaired toddler! There are silver linings though! I found out that neem is an excellent cure for the psoriasis I have had for over a decade, and that cedarwood oil is very good for my anxiety disorder. It’s a humble Christmas, and that can’t be a bad thing either. ^.^ I will come back an update you in a couple of weeks when I know for sure. Thanks for having a less scary blog/forum for discussing this. You’re right about the misinformation and fear mongering from other sites.

      • So if burnjng them kn drier works why doesn’t sitring in pipping hot water work? I’m not itchy like thag bur my daughter has gotten real bad she has scabs all throughout her leg and some flaky skin. I cry each time I see it and think about it. Its horrible. I have the perthrim cream I did a first dose gonna do a second and I ordered naturalis products that will arrI’ve tuesday. Smh I am just about to throw out mostly all my clothes and my kods stuffed animals and clothes just start over. I am so dramatized. My baby is in pain.

  14. Debbie Harrison says:

    Thank you so very much for your website. After reading your suggestion for using Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Spray for surface cleaning for scabies mites, I tried it for bird mites. It is the only product I have tried that seems to kill bird mites with contact. According to the scientific literature, D. Gallinae has become resistant to most chemicals we use to kill mites. I use the De Flea shampoo on me and the spray on surfaces and clothes. I also use your laundry suggests for getting them out of my clothes. I will be eternally grateful to you.

  15. neversure says:

    I don’t like it when people give advice with such fervor. Neem/tea tree are great in dealing with scabies in my experience. Also you don’t have to be paranoid about surfaces and everything you touch and everyone you get in contact with. The nice thing about essential oils is that you can keep applying them for as long as you want and they will give you relief and eventually will get rid of all the mites. Neem has been tested on animals and has been shown to be effective since it’s an oil if you leave it long enough it penetrates into your skin.

    • I tried neem and tea tree oil for two months. Daily applications, morning and night to no avail. It was a lot of work and money. And while it did lessen the strength of my infection, it never eradicated them. This is the same story i’ve been hearing all over.

      But i WAS cured from permethrin + ivermectin. That’s for sure. As were many other people, including my family and friends.

      I prefer being “paranoid” read = mindful of surfaces and what an infected person comes in contact with. That just makes sense to me.

      About essential oils and mites: yes you can keep applying them and experience some relief, but they will not eventually get rid of all the mites. Yes, neem penetrates into your skin. It surround the mites. But – and this is a big but – the mites use a protective layer (created with enzymes in their saliva) that act as a protective barrier. This is mainly present around eggs. So while application of essential oils can eradicate some of the adults, you are not stopping the proliferation of the new babies about to hatch!

      I hope this helps clarify why i’ve written this guide in the way i have. Please provide any feedback!

      • Please take into consideration that what will work for some, does not work for all. All methods can be tried, ultimately it is important to attack this pest from MANY angles. Whatever works for you, do it! Some it will be essential oils, some may need to use the over-the-counter creams. I know myself, the synthetic creams hurt me. But also, too much tea tree oil can also be caustic. It takes a balance of a variety of methods. Currently a balanced combination of tea tree, sulphur compound, neem & lavender oils, Diatomaceous earth, boosting the immune system, and most of all staying positive! I cannot express how staying positive is really such a big KEY! Positivity & Balance are vital! I’ve read some of the stories on here where people have been contracted with the pest for years! That sucks, but I wonder how their mental well being & immune system was during that time. It’s a huge factor that will speed along the recovery rate of ANY illness, big or small.

        • I wholeheartedly agree in many ways. Positivity will help heal all facets of life and reduce sickness. BUT… In this case, with these bugs, the drugs permethrin and ivermectin are the only *cures* I can recommend. Everything else can help, and many natural solutions will support cleaning your house and such, but when it comes to removing the bugs from your own body – it’s those two drugs that will do the work that’s needed.

  16. Nazmud Duza says:

    I am carrying scabies intermittently for the last eight years for now at the age of 46. I had it thrice at my earlier stages of life for the a shorter duration. I am pretty sure doctors know very little about scabies compared to the chronic scabies patients. It’s not so easy a disease.
    My most important observation is scabies doesn’t thrive on the skin of everyone. Some people like us are highly prone and most of the doctors` experience do not fit that. And that is highly regrettable.
    Now a days I use anti mosquito spray for general space disinfectant. Clean my rooms every day. Wash my clothes every alternate day but press every piece of clothe with hot iron before wearing. Use towel once and wash again.
    For treatment I use anti lice soap for bath which I take twice a day. Hot baths help also.
    Then put thick permethrin spots over scabies bumps which most of the time I have one or two.
    To complete cure I try two or three weekly doses of ivermectin plus permethrin spot applications.
    Thus it goes away but I am sure that it will come back again anytime during moist seasons due to my non vigilance on any careless month.
    Several applications of full body permethrin and reinfection cycle is dangerous. Once it made me very sick. Though permethrin is most powerful but if you sweat and clothes wipe out permethrin then ivermectin is the natural choice along with thick spot application of permethrin on stubborn bumps.

    I hate it. It sucks my time and effort.

    But I hope one day I will find some permanent cure from a mix of herb essence. Others are not equally prone like me and I lack something. Fauna get their feeds primarily from flora. I hope in the flora I shall get that input one day.

    • I apply 10% permethrin all over my body 2 times a week for the last 6 months. I was clean for a few days but then reinfected from someone I infected earlier … I think only death will cure me.

    • your comment was very helpful. i think you are getting re-infected by someone or some place you are going to.

  17. I have been battling scabies since April and have been misdiagnosed all way up until just Tuesday. I went to the dermatologist and she confirmed it was scabies. she prescribed ivermectin only because I’m allergic to permethrin. Will this work? What else could I do to be sure this is completely gone?!

  18. hating scabies says:

    In Canada, Saskatchewan to be exact. Myself, and my 9 month old have these ugly things; how would I treat an infant, and what is permethrin + ivermectin…? I tried googling, nothing came up. What is it, is it available in Canada, is it safe for infants, google said its a lotion and oral pill? I tried borax baths, with tea tree oil, ran out and the bumps came back in my son and I.
    We need this ugly rash to go away!!

  19. If you put items in a plastic bag and leave them there for a month,would that kill any mites and eggs that were on those items?
    How effective is Lysol spray in killing scabies that are on a unsheeted mattress, furniture upholstery, car interior?

  20. I’m Back ^.^ Treatment appears to have gone well. We have minimal post scabies itches so far. I have had ‘blackheads’ where I thought the infestation was worse. Presumably this is my body working to eliminate them. Since both my daughter and I didnt scratch, and therefore had no real secondary infections to worry about, and or the mites remained close to the surface, so I hope our post scabies experience is short lived. I do have a question about environment. At what point can I stop boiling the bedding and clothes every day? I dont mind the floor mopping and wiping surfaces, that’s part of our normal every day, But at what point can I leave sheets on for two-three days before removing to wash? I just want to be able to relax a little for this holiday. Thank you!! ^.^

    • Larry S. says:

      After four months of seeing walk-in clinics, doctors, emergency rooms (for uncontrollable itching) and an allergy specialist, I’ve finally been diagnosed as having Scabies. I’ve been prescribed the Permethrin 5% as well as the shampoo (Perm. 1% conditioner….the mites are in my scalp as well).

      I live by myself in a private residence. My intent is to check into a hotel room for one night with uninfected clothing packed in a sealed plastic bag. Take the Permethrin treatment (overnight), put all the clothing I wore up till then in a sealed plastic (ziplock) bag, and put on the “safe” clothing. Since I slept on the sheets in that hotel room, I’m thinking of moving to a different hotel room for a further 7 days.

      Am I correct in assuming that, since there will have been no “human host” in my house for 8 days, the mites will have died off and I am “safe” to return home? I have numerous Persian rugs throughout my house, and I’m concerned these may still be contaminated. Also, should I wash the bedding in my home BEFORE vacating for my hotel stay, or is it “safe” to do this after I return?

      I haven’t been able to resist scratching much, so I have no doubt there is dead skin on the bedding (even though it was only washed yesterday) and on the rugs.

      Is there anything I’m not taking into consideration?

      • Hi Larry. It sounds like you have a pretty good plan. I’d recommend washing the bedding beforehand, just to be extra precautionary. As for returning, it’s likely that all of the mites will have died off. I’d hate to give a “definite” answer on this since there is still a potential grey area surrounding their expected life spans. For example, a small aggregation of mites could survive beyond 8 days if there’s a good deal of dead skin around them to find nourishment from. This can happen with incessant scratching. I would recommend cleaning what you can before leaving your house as much as possible.

  21. I have scabies and I think my baby does too. Two dermatologists said it looks like classic scabies but couldn’t find under a microscope but said that isn’t unusual. I really do not itch much and this I am just a symptomatic. I am about to do my scond round of permithan cream on wed. I’m concerned because our two yr old and seven month can only be treated every two weeks. That’s next week. I am worried I will get it again from the baby before he can be treated again. Does anyone know how many times you can use that cream? The doctor said usually two treatments is all you need.

    • Hi Andrea.

      Two treatments of permethrin should be effective as long as:

      1.) The treatments are applied thoroughly and evenly across the skin.

      2.) Your environment is clean and bug free in order to resist re-infection. This includes people, animals and surfaces in your environment.

    • Be careful with your baby and the permetherin cream!!! PLEASE! Sometimes adverse reactions can happen like chemical burns! That happened to me, now everyone is different but my body is highly-sensitive to chemicals. I do not doubt a baby would also be highly-reactive. The cream may work for you, but for your baby I highly recommend using a sulphur compound in liposome of 6-10%. It is all natural and COMPLETELY SAFE for anyone! Even infants!! (The FDA will not approve this but that’s because it must be made from scratch and they have not developed a system which can measure organic matter.)

      • +1 with the caution.
        I don’t know much about liposome.. but I will do some research. Thank you for your comment Anastasia.

  22. Tired mama says:

    “But alas, I was wrong. Over the next couple months I unknowingly continued to carry around mites which led to a couple of my good friends getting infected themselves. This was really devastating to me.”

    This is my biggest fear. That I could think we’re cured when we’re not. I have/had an almost asymptomatic case of scabies so it’s kinda hard to tell if it’s gone. How did you pass on to friends, physical contact or just being in the same area as them? Also were you using sulfur at the time you thought you were cured? Was there any other indication other than friends getting it that you still had it? Like I still feel pin pricks and crawling but have no bumps.

  23. Oh my. What a load of misinformation. … Tea tree oil will NOT cure you??? I am a physician myself and I searched the primary medical literature through a fine comb and found papers in the Australian Journal of Dermatology or a journal of a similar name a study that showed significantly GREATER efficacy of treatment with tea tree oil than with standRd 5% permethrin. Your errors should really be corrected because essential oils have been a lifesaver.

    • Hi Isa. Have you yourself been cured of scabies by using tea tree oil?

      In my experience it did not cure me. And I applied it extensively over a long period of time. I also tried clove, neem, etc. But they just never finished the job. And I’ve heard similar tales from other sufferers.

      If you have a story about how you cured yourself with tea tree please share your application methods and general protocol for your cure. It would be nice to not have to deal with chemicals like permeth if possible. I do hope you’re right. But I haven’t yet heard of a successful cure by only using tea tree.

  24. angel taylor says:

    Hello. Thank-you SO MUCH for the link to permethrin on Amazon!! My Dr. was only willing to prescribe 1 tube of the cream. It worked great for about a week then gradually I began itching more and more. Thankfully I found your site and ordered 2 bottles (1 to make into cream and the other to treat my dogs and home) I poured some of the solution into our carpet cleaner instead of the usual cleaning solution. Also I bought a pump sprayer from Lowes (8.00) I put water and permethrin in it and sprayed EVERYTHING… tile, furniture. appliances, cabinets, countertops. I then sprinkled boric acid onto my carpet let it sit overnight then vacuumed it up (hopefully killing any living in my vacuum!) I made the dipping as instructed for my dogs then treated myself and my husband. We have been battling these pests for a month now and thanks to you we see a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks again!!!!

    • You are very welcome and thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like you are taking good care of your situation. I wish the best for you and your family!

  25. Hello

    It’s been awhile since anyone has commented. But I’m supper worried because my neighbour ( same house different suites, separated by a door to a laundry room which is shared) said her and her daughter have scabies.
    I’ve read everywhere that animals CAN NOT pass it to humas because it is a different type of ” scabies”, because we have a dog and cat. But we have no symptoms or anything noticeable on our bodies. I’m sorry if this seems rude, but how do we know what you’re saying is true when other sites are saying that animals cannot pass to humans?

    Also we share the laundry room. I am a little nervous about that because of the washing machine but thought as long as we use it on hot water and use the dryer on hot water we will be fine, but our washer/ dryer is pretty old, and the hot water cycle uses hot then cold to rinse, is that going to be good enough?
    I’m now also worried about them just being in the room and from me just touching things. Also we got home and she left all her dirty clothes sitting in the laundry room… I would really appreciate some feedback because I don’t want to catch them. Hearing everyone’s problems with them I want to do everything I can to not catch them.

    • Thanks for your comment, Mandy.

      No you definitely do not want to catch them! If you end up with them I promise you’ll regret not taking any precautions that you could have.

      As far as animals acting as mite carriers: other sources are correct – scabies mites do not infest pets like they do humans. But, and this is a big but, they can house mites for a short amount of time. Scabies can live away from a human host for days. And in a variety of places. On clothes, furniture, house hold surfaces or on your pets. They don’t love pets like they do us, but they’re happy to latch on for a ride in hopes of finding a new human host.

      For laundry I’d honestly just recommend using a different location as your neighbors. Whether they move or you do. It’s just risky otherwise. Also you’d be able to ensure you’re using a sufficiently hot machine. Hopefully your neighbors get cured soon and it would only be temporary adjustment.

      Hope this helps! Leave another reply if you have questions or comments.

      • FEONA mARXX says:

        Hi Admin; Case-in-point: Scabies can be contracted by our pets, as in my case – where I didn’t know I had them for the first 5 or 6 weeks and was blowing my hair dry and blowing them everywhere as well as into his ears.

        They started in-on my head from a wig I purchased from an on-line shopping channel – that was manufactured in Korea!

        My puddy-tat, only 12, died from renal failure induced by the toxins I had to use on him to try to kill the scabies mites he had contracted in his ears.

        They were getting stronger and stronger from products the Vet prescribed and he was a strictly indoor cat. He reinfested me 3x by the time he passed!

        It was sad to lose him, he was family – I’d had him since 4 months. . .we lived alone!

        I am now just finishing off the 3rd reinfestation of them attacking my face from having to remove his body from the premises over 4 months ago.

        I am fighting these CSers one year now, this month of February 2016 and am trying Permethrin – again!

        This time they crusted in-on my eyebrows and under my chin. They stated on my head – right where the effin’ wig -s, there were 2 of them – sat!

        I’ll get them all! My mental state is fine! I work from home and were I not to, I surely would be unemployed by now!

        It is a daunting task! But I shall succeed!

  26. Hey friend,

    I have a case of super strong scabies, perm and ivermectin also failed. I have taken heavy dosages of ivermectol tabs that also failed. I have a microscope that confirm the thing, I dont think anybody has more knowledge than me on this topic. clove oil has worked initially but mine disease became resistant to that also. I have spent 7 years, still unable to find cure.

    I want to correct some points:

    Mites cannot survive laundry, the soap and sun dries and kills them wthin one day.

    Poisons don’t work because they are available in market at lower concentrations and higher concentrations are not available because it would harm human. so we are making parasites stronger by giving them required dosage.

    Trust me 90% doctors are idiots. 10% don’t have time because they are genius.

    Mites can survive on scalp and face also, which doctors don’t accept.

    Sweating helps too much in scabies.

    They can be only killed if you suffocate them. Which is very difficult. coz they can live upto around 4 hours without oxygen.

    If these mites are in group they can cut anything and they will give u microscopic wounds.

    If i found a cure it would be the happiest day of my life and i would sell the cure for free… because i dont want anybody to live like me.

    Righ now i am searching which chemical can dissolve chitin… if you find it help me.

    • Thanks for your comment, Anshaj. I’m very sorry that you’ve been stuck with this miserable condition for so long.

    • Have you tried ingesting food-grade diatomaceous earth? Your local health food store should know all about it if you haven’t heard of it. If you choose to take it, it’s very important to remember to start off in small doses and drink LOTS of water!

    • Ansh

      What dosage of ivermectin are you taking.
      Go to Amazon and search Durvet Ivermectin paste. There was a comment under 165 customer reviews from a couple that used it to rid themselves of scabies.
      They gave specific comments.
      Here is their review from Amazon. I hope it helps.

      I am a 46 year old female who had scabies and my 44 year old husband was infected also. After approximately 5 LONG, excruciating months of 2 ER visits, 3 MedPoint visits (the initial MedPoint visit resulted in an inaccurate diagnosis of a skin dermatitis along with an outlandish expensive prescription of steroid cream that horrifically accelerated the scabies – putting scabies on steroids is REALLY not good), multiple Doctor prescribed permethrin applications….which did nothing… we then resorted to sulfur dips, wrapping our bodies in Saran Wrap after a bleach bath, peroxide application, rubbing alcohol application, and application of a mixture of grapeseed oil, clove EO, lemongrass EO, tea tree EO, neem oil, 10% permethrin insecticide. We covered our furniture and home with DE. We treated our 2 cats for scabies (which included months of boarding them so we would not have to give them up, as we had read so many instances of re-infection caused by pets). We were spraying our bodies with Lysol disinfectant at the sight of a track formation. We were bathing with a mixture of Kleen Green, the same essential oils mentioned previously mixed with expensive anti-fungal body wash. We were using neem soap religiously, ingesting neem oil and neem supplements, taking immune system boosting supplements… Approximately $8,000 or more later out of pocket expenses (NOT including ER visits, which we basically are refusing to pay because the ER Doctors at South Bend Memorial don’t care and know nothing about scabies…we discovered), I read here on Amazon of other individuals who had success treating their scabies and we finally had reached the point of resorting to ordering it, as no doctor would prescribe the human form of Ivermectin – EVEN UPON REQUEST. I can tell you that I sincerely thank those individuals that spoke of their success on Amazon. Within just days after use – my husband and I chose to do the 250 lb dosage each day (our actual weights are approximately him at 165 and myself at 110), the scabies were GONE for good just 5 days or less later and we had stopped all the crazed freezing of our keys, wallets, jewelry, etc.. each night along with the meticulous Lysol spraying of anything we touched, the rubbing alcohol and bleach spraying of daily changed fresh bedsheets.

      So, to close this review off… If you have scabies, do nothing else but order this inexpensive product and get your sanity and life back as fast as humanly possible within just days with this inexpensive, quick to receive product. Side effects: NONE, except actually finally getting rid of scabies.

      • Seriously seeking real answers says:

        Warning … I’ve been involved with animal rescue 20 plus years, have epidemiology classes I’ve taken and I can tell you Ivermectin CAN be deadly. In 2005 I was treating a dog with advanced stage mange …sertoptic (sp?) Mites. After bathing her in a vet prescribed ivermectin shampoo for months, I’d soaked enough of it in my body to become nutropenic (sp?) ….kidney damage and liver damage and a period that lasted three weeks. The put me in ICU in a saferoom for a month with less than a five percent chance of living.

        Jump forward 10 years and it seems I have scabies. No one I know has scabies. I have no animals with symptoms (seritioptic mange in animals I swear are the same as scabies in humans though science says it’s a bit different) and have treated all animals and my home with Lyme sulfer dip (we all smell like rotten eggs,but whatever I just want yo be normal again some day and not look like the rotting walking dead or itch to the point of wanting to light myself on fire. I have tried ALL the stuff mentioned …no cure. I finally added topical vet ivermectin into the mix …helped for short term …then came back raging. So….may risk death and get the oral ivermecyin treatments soon and stay in a hotel for three days after …having my mom go in the home three times a day to care for animals…cleaning carefully. Also going to have my kids go stay with her …doing the permetherin cream after showering and her throw their close in hot washing machine immediately giving the clean clothes she’ll have had up there for a week before. They have no symptoms …but want to be done with this … All the science I’ve read says three days of no human skin …they die. So …. If we put bed enclosure sacks over our beds and Lyme sulfer dip pets before we leave … I’m HOPING this works. Ideas??? Thoughts???

  27. I am hoping my infestation isn’t as stubborn as some I have read about. I hope I have been being very careful. We just finished our second round of Perm. Treated myself and everyone in my family. Have isolated myself to a couple of places in the house. My sons never showed any signs, but we’ve been doing the same for them as me. I’m washing all of our sheets and towels daily (hot water, hot dryer). After the initial hot water wash of blankets, I’m putting them and the pillows in the dryer on hot for 30 minutes daily. I’m wearing skin-covering clothing and washing that daily, too. Anything that can’t be washed I put in the freezer over night. Vacuumed and threw away the bag, and I’m going to do that again today.

    My big question…and one that I have searched and not seen the answer to ANYWHERE… How do I know that I and my house are rid of them? Looking at the life cycle of the things, and knowing that they die after 3 days of non-human contact, and that a re-infestation shows up in 1-4 days, I would assume that after no new signs, a home would be considered “safe” after a week or two, but I can’t find anything that talks about this. What do you think?

    Your website was OH so helpful. I certainly hope I have warded off the re-infestation thing!

    • Thanks for your comment, Carol. It sounds like you’ve been taking good care of the situation so far. On how to know if you’re rid of them… basically if the symptoms start to decline and continue to gradually improve over a weeks time then you’ve likely eradicated them. We can only go off of our physical sensations since they aren’t visible to the eyes. So if there’s less itchiness and no new track marks / bumps then you’re likely to be in the clear. But it’s not always easy to tell, since post scabies sensations can crop up and often resemble active scabies. But they too should begin to fade. I’d say after 2 weeks you’ll likely know for sure.

      • Oh, THANK YOU! You should see the smile on my face! That is good news, indeed! So to be perfectly sure…you’re saying I should continue my super-clean-every-day-laundry routine until I’m seeing that kind of improvement for 2 weeks? Whew!
        Thanks so much for your excellent website and calm character! Such a good job!

  28. Freezing everything is the way to go. I have had scabies for over 6 months. Scabies live in our body temp. of 98 degrees. Our bodies are 80 percent water. I was soaking everything for several hours in the washer every day for months. Drying everything in the dryer until very hot. It’s breeding the scabies like crazy !!! I have proved it 3 times in the last 2 weeks. You know how you put on your “Clean” clothes, socks, shoes, etc., and go to bed in your “Clean” blankets? And all the sudden you feel scabies all over you and you assume all the scabies you feel moving came from within your body, to outside of your body, then on to your clothes, socks, shoes, blankets? Well seriously, they came mostly from without, you hatched them in your dryer. I have went 2 weeks, 24 hours, with little itching, which came from the inside of my skin, not from the outside, my clothes and blankets. This is all I have for now, I had my adult child with scabies come over, wash clothes, blankets, I did my laundry a few days later, major outbreak again. We plan on putting all this information together and making it work. I will give an update, I just want to get this word out. Thank you everyone for everything. I just want to share the love.

  29. what is otc drug to treat scabies?

  30. Just found I have these little buggers!! Been 2 c the doc & been given cream, theres a lot of things on the net giving advice, but u seem 2 have most things covered in this page!! I’m hoping now I’m finally going 2 get a good nights sleep!!! Well in the very near future!! Thanks for all the helpful info!!

  31. Big wave dave says:

    Thank you so much to the admin of this page for creating this forum and administering it well. I have no idea how I got scabies, not because I am such a clean guy but rather a bit of the opposite. My doctor gave me Ivermectin tablets and crotamitin cream and of course told me to wash all my clothes in boiling hot water.

    My itching at first was confined to my butt cheeks and later waistline which is not unusual for a surfer. But when it did not go away and became ridiculiusly annoying I went to the doctor and scabies was his diagnosis.

    My first round if treatment went smoothly but I was not aware of how persistent this problem is, so when it started to come back i got more serious about irradication.

    I bought the permethrin cream this time instead of crotamitin and I also went to a vet store and bought permethrin spray for pets so I could use it all over my car seat, ball caps and shoes etc. Also my body for that hard to reach place on my back.

    I took the advice from this site and bagged up all my clean, boiled, and sun dried clothes except for one set of bed sheets and pillow cases and 2 sets of surf shorts, a t shirt and a button shirt for going out. Ah and two towels one for morning one for night.

    In the morning I put my sheets and used towel in a bucket of boiled water and then pick my shorts and shirt off the line and hang the sheets and towel on the line. Vice versa at night.

    I dont know how often i should apply the perm cream but it sounds like twice a week for two weeks should be alright. Last night i took an ivermectin pill and plan on taking one of those twice a week for two weeks as well.

    I have read that the crotamitin cream is not as potent as the perm cream but im going to pick some more up anyway because IT FEELS GREAT! I especially want to share that one with the community because it really does feel fantastic and could be worth using both at the initial stages as well as again once one has thoroughly finished their scabies protocol or whatever to get rid of the supposed post treatment ir post scabies itches that cause so many doubts in a recovering patient, because it kills mites as well as soothes itches.

    I also plan on surfing more as many have mentioned the benefits of soaking in salt water!

    I am also considering buying a washer and dryer because it would probably save me money at the laundry anyway.

    There are also some hot sulphur springs nearby me but im not sure how safe that would be for the rest of the community.

    I really appreciate this site because the Topix site was kind of freaking me out. A lot of Howard Hughes types out there as well as real confirmed sufferers of course.

    If anybody has anything to add or suggest, especially tge admin, i welcome your input. I agree that a positive attitude is key. One downside of ivervectin is that it makes you drowsy, forgetful and lazy which definitely works against you. Of course my doctor misprescribed it too me as well. He had me taking it twice a day for three days which is borderline brain damage instead of just 2 pills a week or two apart.

    If anybody has anything to add let me know. I love the shoes in the freezer idea. I will try that with my hats as well.

  32. Jennifer says:

    I went through the misery of scabies 2 years ago, for 3 months. I can attest to how easy it is to contract them – I got them from sitting in a chair for a few minutes at my sister’s house – she had scabies but didn’t know it yet. About a month later, I got these really itchy red bumps. At first I thought they were spider bites. When they didn’t get any better, and more bumps appeared adjacent a few days later, I thought “well, the spider didn’t come BACK and just decide to bite me right next to where he bit me last time,” and through some miraculous stroke of luck, the word “scabies” popped into my mind. I went and looked it up, and sure enough, that’s what it was.

    The first thing I did is call everyone who I had been around recently to give them a heads-up to be on the lookout. That’s when my sister figured out she was Scabies Mary. Even worse, sis is a hypochondriac so at first we didn’t know whether to believe she had them or not. But she did, which solved the riddle of where I got them. She couldn’t get rid of them with the permethrin but then again, she never did do what she needed to do to clean her house. She frequented the topix forums and spent a year – and probably close to a thousand dollars – trying all the crazy remedies anonymous internet nuts had posted. Me? Since I lacked the funds to go to the doctor, I first tried neem lotion & oil. It did a pretty good job of knocking the mites down after a month of use, but unfortunately, did not kill them all – a month after I stopped using it, they were back and everywhere – scalp & face included. The day I felt the crawling on one of my upper eyelids was the final straw. I went down to the feed store & bought some Durvet pour-on ivermectin for cattle for about $20. I took it home, measured out the correct dose by weight, diluted it down with distilled water to a 1.25% solution, put it in a spray bottle, stood in the shower and sprayed down every square inch of my body & let it dry. I repeated the treatment every 7 days for a couple of weeks – total of 3 treatments – just to be sure. Scabies gone.

    I was fortunate in that I live alone so there was no chance of me getting re-infested by someone else in the household. I found that I didn’t have to be as stringent with the cleaning routine – I restricted myself to a few places to sit in the house and after the initial cleaning, I draped those spots with sheets I would pull off and wash with the bed sheets & towels daily in hot water with borax. But really, I didn’t worry so much with putting shoes in the freezer, etc., though all dirty clothes went into a sealed plastic bag until I was ready to wash them, just to keep any mites on them from wandering back to me. The other lucky break was that it was summertime, so just parking the car with the windows up made sure it got hot enough that none of the mites could survive. This was important since I had a travelling job and was in the car for long periods every day; no way would I have been able to keep up with disinfecting the car on a daily basis, so I let the sun do it for me. Also, since I was continuously treating when using the neem, then doing repeated treatments when I used the ivermectin, I figured that if any mites got back on me, the stuff I was using would kill them anyway, so I didn’t worry overmuch about getting crazy with the cleaning – just basic stuff like sheets, towels, not wearing clothing again without washing, etc.

    I can completely recommend the Durvet pour-on as a cure – it comes as a 5% solution (5% ivermectin; 95% alcohol). I speculated that it might work better than taking ivermectin internally since it works by absorbing through the skin, which is where the scabies are, then getting into the bloodstream and circulating though the body. That’s just my speculation though. If anyone decides to try this, don’t be taken aback by all the “not for human use” labels on the box – that’s corporate butt-covering. The only thing in the Durvet is ivermectin & alcohol. You do want to dilute it for a couple of reasons – the first being that anything that’s 95% alcohol will be extremely drying to your skin if applied undiluted; the second being that your measured dosage will be a very small amount, not enough to spray all over your body. That was important to me since I had them on my face & scalp and wanted to be able to spray there too on the theory that it would help kill mites as it absorbed through the skin. It goes without saying that even diluted, you are spraying alcohol on your body so if you’re spraying your face you want to keep your eyes and mouth shut until it dries. If anyone decides to try the Durvet, follow the dosing instructions on the box – something like x ml per 10 lbs of body weight. Measure out the correct dose & put it in your spray bottle, then add 4 x that amount of distilled water. So if you’re using 10 ml of Durvet, add 40 ml of water. Spray yourself down & air dry, then put on your clothes & go about your business. Repeat after a week and again after another week just to be sure. In the meantime, keep washing sheets & towels etc. It sounds strange to spray yourself down with what is essentially cattle dip, but if you’ve looked around online you’ve no doubt come across “cures” that involve putting much stranger things on – and in – your body. For me, I was more comfortable spraying something on than I was in eating horse paste; YMMV. What I can say is – the Durvet works to get rid of scabies, with no side effects that I noticed.

    Good luck & happy scabies killing!

    • Thank you for sharing your story and advice Jennifer. Really good information that I’m sure will help a lot of people.

      • I have been suffering with scabies for almost two year’s now. After going to a treatment center for a addiction problem I got really bad swelling in my ankles. It wasn’t until about six months later I felt a crawling sensation on my back.i would look in the mirror and see what I thought was dead skin. Never in my life works I think it was what I soon discovered. I heard about scabies in the past and when the rash I got on my back got so bad I invested in a microscope. The tiny white things I had thought were dead skin were in fact scabies. Microscopic they say but almost microscopic is actually what they are. What I have witnessed and experienced in the last year has been a complete living hell. By the time I realized it was scabies I had had them for over six months and they had infested my whole body. By far the worst is my face. I literally had them go up my nose threw my sinus and out the side of my eye lid that was swollen shut from how many were in there. Scratching my eye would have the basterds falling out of my eye lid. I look at it as lets say you see one ant, hard to see right? Well a whole pile of ants you couldn’t miss. This became the case for me. I could take a knife and scrape skin from my leg and get piles of the dried up dead ones. I learned that they are really smart and the dead ones will go to the surface and they form a protective layer which makes it that much harder to treat. I have tried everything out there and at this point have just learned to deal with it. It has ruined me and my life. I am so afraid of the fact that friends and family will get it that I am living in hotels trying to rid them. The worst part is having no support as everyone close to me thinks I have gone nuts. I have some advice though. Baby powder associate’s them and this will make then come up and out of the skin. It’s proof that you can see them. I think it could cure them if you are not badly infested. Also everything on here is good advice. I think it’s different for everyone just like most things so just keep your head up and stay positive. I know when I first realised what it was I was terrified. The thing that has helped me most is realizing that I can deal with them. I am so happy to be going to a dermatologist that specializes in parasites on Monday. My scabies have gotten to the point my whole body is completely covered. They are my skin now. It’s horrible. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I can’t wait to have proof for my family too. I went to so many Dr appt and the hospital and they just didn’t know what to look for so it’s promising this specialist will know. I will post pictures of piles of them from my tv microscope and piles of dead ones outside the skin after my Dr visit. I wish anyone and everyone suffering with this nothing but the best. I am thankful that there is a site like this to help one another threw this horrible thing.

  33. hi …am affect scabies for last 2 month ..i have use permithen 5% tube in two times..and permithen 5%liquid oill one time…but no use…how to cure me…

  34. Scabies can be removed by heat compressions and/or very warm water. This courage the mites out of their burrows in the skin. Then treat them. If you are soaking in water, the mites should easily float away.

  35. miserylovescompany says:

    Thanks admin for the comprehensive list and forum. I’ve had this off and on for a couple years now I think; the way I self-diagnosed was while watching an Anne Frank movie and the nazi doctor was inspecting for people to be moved to ‘the scabies block’… “oh, sh…t, that looks familiar”
    I’m buying the humidity connection as the past month was terrible here in so cal. permethrin helps and I intend to keep at it.

  36. Thank you for this great website, what a fantastic resource. I have had scabies for the past six months, and have treated it with permethrin 5 times and ivermectin 3 times to no success. For a while my doctors thought that it wasn’t scabies because of this (exzema, allergies) but recently my dermatologist diagnosed me with scabies again. The only reason I can think of that it wasn’t cured before is either it was in my hair, or there’s a really intense infestation in my mattress or my car with cloth interior, or I didn’t clean well enough. I recently bought a new mattress to eliminate that potential problem, ordered the sulfur hair shampoo, and I’m not using my car now for 10 days so they die in there. But my question is, could you explain in detail your daily cleaning routine when you were getting rid of scabies? Like exactly how military like do you need to be. I just bought all of the cleaning products you suggested, but how and when did you use each one? I have 6 tubes of permethrin for me and my gf ready to go for 3 consecutive was and enough ivermectin for both of us as well, but I don’t want to start until I have a solid cleaning plan in play as this will be my 6th time doing this, and each time before I thought I had cleaned well enough then.

    • Hi Ben. In my opinion I’d say go all out with cleaning. Clean everything that you come in contact with. Avoid physical contact and petting animals, etc. In this case going overkill will serve you far more than underdoing it.

  37. JustSayin1515 says:

    Guys….permethrin is the answer. Go to Walmart and buy RID for lice and RID spray. It’s ALL Permethrin. I wish I had known this before I spent 160 dollars on the cream at a pharmacy. THEN spray everything down. (Get several cans). Wash clothes in RID (or Equate store brand from Walmart) body shampoo. Permethrin WILL kill scabies!! The key is to do one treatment night one. One treatment night two. Wait one week from treatment one. And do it AGAIN to kill the eggs/babies whatever. Yuck. This will cost you less than 50 bucks. And oh yeah, mix the body shampoo with lotion or something safe that will let it adhere to your body. Leave it on overnight – same thing as the darn expensive cream only available by prescription in the US. REMEMBER, you MUST treat after 7 days AGAIN!!
    Then use common sense to clean the house and spray spray spray with RID. If I’m wrong, let me know.

  38. Ok big lie about the alcohol comment. Alcohol was about the only thing that stopped the itch.

  39. I don’t know if anyone is still here but I have a question. I can’t read all the comments -just not enough time in the day. So I don’t know if someone else has had this issue. I work retail. I work in a grocery store. I am a book keeper so I deal with the public and I also count money. The counting down the drawers at night are what make me itchy. Do I have to quit my job. I have only told one person at work. I am not sure what to do. I know I need to tell everyone I have come in to contact with recently. Many of which I probably won’t see for a very long time. I can wear gloves to count the money but I can’t do that to deal with costomers. Not sure what to do. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks

  40. Seda Hambarchian says:

    Hot bath..sprinkled cayenne pepper on my spots..covered myself with vaseline
    Burned a little but at this point I’ll take sensation of burning over itching.
    I just left it on my skin. Burning sensation went away after 30 min…and I feel great..Will continue twice a day doing this along with washing clothes and bedding in hot water. I will also clean surfaces with mixture of water and bleach.
    Hope everyone gets rid of these Nasty mites!

  41. Hi I am currently fighting off Scabies and yes it a tough thing to battle. I have faced bed bugs and this is equally comparable. However I was able to eradicate bed bugs naturally (it took a good month) so I have faith that I will defeat this darn bug too. (I know its not a re-occurance, its been over half a year)
    With all the good advice out there the most important thing to remember is, humans are all different. What works for some will not work for others. I have friends who encountered this bug and different things worked for each of them. I have a highly-sensitive body and I’m allergic to many things (ie. seafood, dairy, synthetics & chemicals). This makes it tough sometimes when it comes to over-the-counter prescriptions. I tried the permethrin cream and my body had a BAD reaction to it! Chemical burns!! Ouch! I am attacking this from all angles and unfortunately the cream is not something I can do. I have heard antibiotics is the next step beyond this. (I am also using tea-tree, sulphur, neem, lavender, you name it, I’m using it) Also everything is staying REALLY clean in my home and I am quarantined from my work & social circles. If anyone has had a similar experience please share what worked for you. Also, this is advice to anyone who has a highly-sensitive body, go with the sulphur before trying the permetherin cream! You will save money & time!

    • Anastasia I’ve just approved and responded to the rest of your comments. I wanted to thank you for sharing and supporting others on this site. We all appreciate it!

      • Armineh says:

        This is the 2nd time I’m getting scabies. I once got it once 5 years ago, and once about 1 month ago. I have burnt, literally set all my clothes, esp, my winter clothes, rugs and couches on fire. Right now I’m living in a bug house with no furniture. Currently, I’m using Permethrine ointment, because it’s the only thing we can find here in Iran. Ivermectine is not imported and sold in Iran. I have disinfected the entire house, (I do it every single day) used herbal ointments, (the ones we can purchase in Iran) but no sign of heeling just yet. There is one huge predicament I have though, and that is, I have 14 paralyzed cats I cannot and will not give away for adoption. The surprising thing is that none of my cats have shown any sign of scabies, and when visited by their vet, they still didn’t show any signs of scabies. However, for more precautions, I had them all get Ivermectine injections for animals. I would appreciate it if you advised on how to take other precautions or what to do since I have no access to Ivermectine pills, ointments or the herbs so many of you have mentioned in your comments. (Neem tree oil, cedar wood and etc…)
        Thank you

    • Hi, Has anyone had success with the Kleen Green Enzymes? Thanks Admin for all the useful info. Great work.

  42. Thanks for all this wonderful information and the hard work.

    I have two questions –
    1. My mom was diagnosed two months ago and I did the treatment 3 times already. I have random itchings, but I have never scratched myself never had any wounds or any physical evidence of the mite, besides the itching that becomes stronger at night. Does this make sense? Can you have scabias without physical signs for so long?

    2. Does the itching continue even after the mite and eggs are all dead? My mom improved a lot, but at night time shs still suffers. Should we repeat the treatment every week until all itching stop or does the mite develop resistance?

    Thanks a lot for all your help!!

  43. ADMIN

    Thanks so much for the very useful information. I have been treating scabies for 4 weeks with a combination of permethrim cream and sulphur soap and baths with sulfur and tea tree oil. I also am applying 10% sulphur paste called miticin. It is all working but is still a battle. I read where mites cannot survive dryer heat over 120deg for more than 10 minutes so we have been drying everything everyday. Don,t wash first but dry first the wash if needed and dry.
    Dry 10 min longer than needed because most dryers have a 10 min cool down at the end. Most dryers on high will get easily to 150deg F. Mine got to 175deg. as I tested it with a thermocouple I have and put the wire inside while running.
    I also have not worn the same slacks to work for 10 days and put them in the garage where it gets to 30deg at night.
    I also bought liquid 10% permethrin and dilute it to spray around the house and put some in the dog shampoo as well.
    Keep up the great work and don’t pay any regard to “Doctor” or “Doctor Isa”
    I don’t know where they are coming from except left field.
    Tea tree oil WILL NOT CURE SCABIES or I would have been cured!!!!
    He could not even cite the journal or the results!!!!
    Doctor especially made a fool of himself online. He is the A__Hat
    Maybe if he gave some sound “Medical” advice since he is a “Doctor” he would have a little credibility.
    Thanks again

  44. Can anyone tell me exactly what permethrin and ivermectin I should buy from amazon. I can’t afford the single doses of rx permethrin. I got one dose but I’m gonna need a second from everything I’ve been reading.. Please help

  45. Your doctor and even the CDC website do not have all the information. THEY say “prolonged skin to skin contact” and that was not the case with me. I have not had anything that can be described as “prolonged skin to skin contact” in over 4 years. All I have done is either hug or shake hands with people. I do work at a university where not everyone is always healthy though so I suspect that is where I contracted them.
    I have had scabies now for 3+ months, thinking that it was some sort of allergic reaction until 1/22/16 when I got diagnosed. I did ‘some’ cleaning, including washing all my bed stuff, towels and clothes, then did the treatment. I did Not include anything above the neck as that was my doctor’s instruction. I also did not clean my home properly. (Hint, if you’re something of a hoarder you have a Nightmare to deal with.)
    Here’s what has happened since my diagnosis. I sent my doc an email the following evening complaining that the itching was worse than it had ever been before treatment. When I went in for my usual allergy shot the next Tuesday, they had seen my email and had me checked again. They Never Did A Skin Scraping! They said the scabies were still present. Another round of permethrin and two solid days of cleaning (mind you, I had to take off work for the entire week, which means I Don’t get paid!) which proved futile.
    I managed to get a professional cleaning service to come in and help me with the cleaning since I was not up to the task. They came in on 1/29/16 and at that time I had a third round of permethrin on my body for the entire time we cleaned. They were not able to complete the cleaning and so will be back on 2/1 when, by the grace of the goddess, the little sh*ts will be dead since I will not be there for them to feed on. I brought with me a fourth treatment of permethrin that I intend to use tonight as I am still itching more than before.
    Additional thoughts about this – I think that there should be a service offered by doctor’s offices, the CDC, or some willing agency for the thorough cleaning of people’s homes. Some of us (me) are simply not able to get it done if only because of physical limitations…not to mention you can’t clean that which you are spreading around as you clean!
    Oh, and you Can get them on your scalp!

    • Thanks for commenting, Pat.

      I agree that the governmental agencies are not taking enough measures to prevent and treat scabies.

  46. FEONA mARXX says:

    Thank you Admin for posting this site!

    I am hoping that I can find someone else that has had a problem with WIGS
    and scabies. . . WIGS manufactured by Aderans Hair Products – Hair Club For Men – LUX HAIR NOW WIGS for Sherrie Shepherd or any other of Aderans products purchased from QVC!

    Perhaps I can jog someone’s memory that thinks they got the scabies somewhere else, thinking that they couldn’t have gotten them from THIS on-line shopping channel!

    In my opinion, I damn sure did!
    If I may post my URL, I tell the whole story there. . .

    I surely can not be an isolated case!

    Scabies Suck!

    Thanks for your time! FM

  47. I was diagnosed with scabies I was given permethren I came home treated myself went to sleep in the cream well the next day when i got up I noticed I had new bites all over me instead of helping it seemed the cream trippled the bites .my friend told me to try bleach i tried it and it just made me itch worse but now with it being day 6 since my treatment the bumps have started scabing over and dissapearing and have not spread however now my head is itching really bad I have done everything I’m suppose to do cleaning wise how is this happening ? My husband shows no signs has not touched kissed or slept with me in the entire 6 days is it possible he has them and just hasn’t shown any signs ? And another question how do you know when the scabies are not contagious any more how do you know they are dead or out of your skin ?

  48. Thank you so much admin for doing this. I can’t believe how rude a few of the comments are. Its amazing how unkind some people are. Thank fully there are many useful and kind comments too. I just feel really grateful to admin for doing all of this so thank you thank you thank you.

    A couple of comments from me: I don’t understand why no one says how long they have been free of scabies. People have posted such great cures but how do we know that they haven’t just been cured for 2-3 weeks only to have it return? May I also ask admin how long you have been cured?

    Also , I can’t seem to find or read answers on how often to apply the permetherin. I did my first dose all over body yesterday and didn’t know if I should apply another all over body today or in 2 days or in 1 week or what. I guess tomorrow I will apply another all over body and also take ivermectin for the first time. Im scared of doing it but I know I have to. I bought the Martins Permethrin on line but Im still confused on how to mix it. Ugh.

  49. Thanks for the article I am an met and got it from a patient this is my first go around got the cream yesterday gonna be cleaning, disinfectig, and washing all day

  50. Someone help me! I initially started feeling creepy/crawling sensation in my skin at night a month or more ago. It seemed as time went on it got worse and worse especially at night time when I’d go to bed. I started feeling like my skin was extremely dry and itchy but not itchy to the point that I have read all over this website. I could feel things crawling all over my skin and I’d feel biting sensations. I don’t have any rashes or pimples. I thought at first it was dust mites and started using coconut oil, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic cloves ingested nightly, petroleum jelly and cloves, baths in apple cider vinegar, peroxide, scrubbing with sulphur soap bars, and washing hair and scalp with tea tree oil shampoo and selenium sulfide shampoo daily for an hour. I wash all bedding every day and leave in dryer for two to three cycles. I do not wear any clothing item twice without washing and drying on hot wash with borax. Nothing worked, nothing got better it just all seemed to get worse every night. I was at the point of panic attacks every night and could never get sleep. I daily, have one breakdown where I just cry and sob and feel as if I cannot go on. I think often of suicide because I am so beat down from this creepy crawling out of my eyes, nose, ears, scalp, eyebrows, everywhere. All over my body, mostly at night. But like I said I do not have intense itching or rashes just intense creepy crawling and running across my skin and pulsing on my skin and shivers. Feeling as though bugs are crawling out of my nose and hair follicles on face everywhere, ears, scalp, and pores on cheeks, upper lips, chin, neck, back arms, stomach, shoulders, breasts, legs, etc. not one part of my body does not experience this sensation. Feel like peek-a-booing out of my pores. I have tried everything. Well yesterday I went to the tractor supply store and got horse ivermectin and 10% permethrin liquid. Last night before bed I took my first dose of ivermectin for these mites and also doused myself in permethrin from head to toe, not missing one part of my body. Literally within ten minutes I started having a sensation all over as though little things were popping up out of my pores. I started looking at my skin snd say black specs appearing all over my skin and were very visible to to the naked eye. About the size of a period at the end of a sentence or bigger. Some were black, brown, and red and shaped like ovals and almost like they had a tail. Some were more circular than others, some tiny some the size of two periods or three. I then went to bed with the cream on after trying to get tons of these specs off me for an hour as they kept appearing everywhere in my body. I did not feel near anywhere as I had every other night of creepy crawly sensations. But I felt very cold and tingly shivers from the permethrin cream. I am constantly freezing and am afraid to wash the cream off that I made for fear the creepy crawlers will return. Is it normal to see all of these black specs and red specs appearing all over my skin after the permethrin ointment is applied? They literally look like tiny insects. My eyelashes also crusted over a lot through the night and I can see lots of white round egg looking things in my eye lashes. I don’t know what this is, if it’s scabies, dust mites, or what. I am seriously about to go insane because I can’t take much more. I am so depressed and hopeless. I have a little toddler I am Afrsid to touch and pass this on too. My partner also did the treatment with me last night before bed and had the same black specs popping up from his scalp. His symptoms are not nearly as bad as mine and he doesn’t have any rashes or intense itching. But started complaining of being itchy a few days ago so I thought it was important to treat him as well. What is on me? I saved all the specs I got off my body for proof of this infestation. Someone pls help me. Also I feel so lethargic, tired and cold from this permethrin ointment. Is this normal? I pray God heals me of this. I feel so hopeless. I feel like I am now broken after suffering for over a month now. Please please help me.

  51. Hi from Italy, thanks for you blog I have a question, it’s possible that the symptoms of scabies starts 12 weeks, my dermatology say is impossible.. Sarna start 7-50 days

  52. Can i buy permethrin without a prescreption from a doctor?

  53. Hi wonderful selfless effort here by you.

    Re washing temperatures a very important point pls:

    it is stated by doctors to wash at 50 deg for at least 10 minutes, but most washing machines apparently do not reach this temperature or if they do, not for a sustained amount of time. Please read the following from the respected consumer UK magazine called “Which?”:

    “Do machines actually reach 60°C? In our test of 12 machines, eight of them did not actually reach 60°C on the 60°C cotton program. Those that did only maintained that temperature for either a few minutes or a few seconds, as washing machines typically only reach their hottest temperature for a very short time. Of the nine machines that reached 55°C or more, the water spent less than 10% of its time at or above this temperature, on average. The thermometer above reveals the washing machines we’ve tested, top temperatures reached and how long each washer spent above 55°C. The washing machine with the lowest temperature recorded in our tests was the Hoover DYN8163D8P-80. While the water’s top temperature was 43?C, the water spent most of its time below 40?C.”

    So guys, please don’t overlook this vital step Make sure you have the right washing machine and it is actually washing at the temperature you think it is, and it can do that for at least 10 minutes.

    • In other words, only 3 of these machines managed 10 minutes, and only 1 managed over 15 minutes.

      From this its clear, 11 out of 12 machines would fail to clear scabies. The ONLY one out of these 12 machines which would work is the BEKO WM7043CW

      • If people can add other washing machines where tests have shown it meeting the 50 deg for at least 10 min rule, please send in links so we can maybe soon make a list of reliable options?

  54. Charlene Bugg says:

    I have read plenty of cases where scabies killed people. For one, they can cause blood poisoning, renal failure, rheumatic fever, loss of limbs, etc. This person hasn’t did a lot of research and neither has the the medical side or scientists.

  55. Is there anyone that can email me and answer some questions about scabies?

  56. PLEASE HELP ME! Hello Admin or anyone else helpful with my 5 Questions. I guess, I’m about to start my treatment/cleaning tomorrow. My doc said either scabies or fleas but she went with scabies. She asked if we have a pet. We don’t but a few weeks back, a stray dog was in our house for about 20 mins because it bites if you try to pick it up but I don’t know. Either way. (QUESTION 1) My mom lives with me & already sees her doc in 3 more days. She has no visible symptoms. No itching or bumps but if she is infected should I wait to see if her doc gives her cream too so we can both treat simultaneously to, hopefully, not re-infect each other? A nurse told me to treat now & I want to but I certainly don’t want the nightmare of reinfect ion if my mom just passes it back. (QUESTION 2) Furniture? I know to wash in hot water the clothes/bedding/towels but what about sofas, chairs & matresses? I called several pharmacies & they’re mostly clueless. I was told rid lice spray but it says it’s not meant to be on skin & clothes. How will you sit or sleep on it then if not able to get on you or your clothes. They said wait an hour to dry but I’m weary of this. ALSO, I called the phone # on the rid spray, which I only bought because it includes Permith, but the rep, who seemed knowledgable about the product told me point blank that their spray for furniture works on lice, dust mites & something else but NOT scabies. I also don’t wanna get it from furniture after treatment so what can I do because it seems there’s nothing to use on furniture. (QUESTION 3) I seen where some people say avoid a sofa or store clothes or non-washable items away somewhere, in the house, but I’ve seen where some say the scabies will just crawl off to find you again. What about it? I certainly can’t afford a hotel or anywhere to go to vacate for 3 days or a week or however long it takes. (QUESTION 4) I’ve seen lots of written advice, online, about using disinfectant spray for hard surfaces but I called Lysol & they also said their sprays, etc do NOT work on scabies. What can we use here? (QUESTION 5) Are scabies dangerous? Aside from itching & bumps. Are they very dangerous because I read somewhere that if left untreated they can lead to sepsis and/or other severe problems? I only ask that because I don’t know how long I’ve had it.

  57. Adrienne Wright says:

    It is well worth looking at ‘The Healthy Skin Program’ (of the Northern Territory of Australia). They have an excellent program for treating in remote areas. The program works.
    Just quietly and politely Tea Tree Oil does work, there is scientific medical and lay person proof and research that shows that it does.
    Have a look, the healthy skin program worked for me and fore hole communities.
    Cheers and all the best for individual journeys.
    Adrienne RN
    New Zealand

  58. Hey, I’m a little confused about the order of cleaning. Should I do my shower/peremethrin before or after I clean my car and my room?

    When you say “disinfectant” do you mean something as simple as Clorox, or do I have to have something stronger?

    Last question, does Hot Shot flea and bedbug spray work for scabies? It’s peremethrin…

    • HI Trianne.

      You’ll want to use clear your car and room before treatment. Get everything in your environment clean first!

      Yes, Clorox would definitely work. Strong stuff.

      While the flea&bedbrug spray has permethrin, it’s not potent enough to treat scabies.

      Good luck to you!

  59. want 2B free says:

    Hi folks. I’m going to try what has been recommended with the perm and ivermectin but I’m really in need of knowing if there is an effective protocol anyone knows about when it comes to also treating pets. I have 2 dogs and my plan is to give them a soak in the sulpher bath listed on this website on the same day I treat myself but I need to know what to do after the initial treatment. Is it OK for them to continue sleeping on my bed? Do I need to treat them daily with something else to make sure nothing is going to continue to get passed back and forth? Is it safe to have people touch them after the initial treatment?

  60. Thank you for all the great advice. It has been over 4 weeks scince my son had scabies, we followed your advice did the permethrin 3 times 7 days apart. My question is about post scabies it has been 2 1/2 weeks scince my last treatment of permethrin and I still feel the crawling and pin bites also have this light not raised red rash on my cheast and legs it burns. I also itch on and off. Is this Post Scabies so hard to tell? Thanks for any advice.

  61. Be careful with that cream, it will have some side effects. Know where the line is between side effects & adverse reactions. I recommend re-reading the precautions it came with and if you feel so, investigate using a sulphur compound with liposome. It is all natural and has NO side effects! somewhere between a 6-10%.

    I see your comment was in October, I hope you have been able to rid yourself of them since then.


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