How to Buy Over the Counter Permethrin Cream Online

Update: You can Purchase permethrin cream here.


How to Buy 5% Permethrin Cream Online (OTC) for Scabies

TL;DR: Purchase permethrin cream here.

I’ll be blunt here. Scabies can make people miserable. You are going through some tough times.

I know this because I’ve been there.

I’ve been up all night anxiously itching and worrying about bugs.

Afraid to touch others and completely preoccupied with the infection.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

I never want to be stuck like that again.

If you’re like most scabies sufferers you want to find scabies treatments over the counter.

Even though 5% permethrin cream for scabies can be bought it Walmart and Walgreens, it needs to be prescribed by a doctor.

This can frustrating because getting a prescription can be elusive.

The majority of health practitioners simply do not understand the infestation we are dealing with and end up reluctant to diagnose the condition for what it is.

Because of this:

  • Doctors sometimes refuse to prescribe the correct treatment, even when it is needed
  • Doctors refuse to prescribe the right amount of treatment. This happens a lot with larger families.

This leaves you wondering where can I buy permethrin cream if I don’t have a doctors note?

In this post, we cover how to get your permethrin cream over the counter, without a doctor.

where can I buy 5% permethrin cream for scabies

Okay, so where to purchase 5% permethrin cream online?

Update 5/10/2018

Lately, vendors for OTC permethrin cream have been hard to come by.

Right now you can buy it here on eBay.

If you’re in the USA prepare to wait a week for your shipment. You can always expedite shipping. The good thing about eBay is the permethrin cream is its relatively inexpensive price. You’d be paying a lot more for it elsewhere.

*UPDATE*1/2/18 right now you can also find 5% permethrin cream here on Amazon, but note: these listings tend to not last long. Also, note that the cream on Amazon ships from Sri Lanka so it will take a few weeks to get there. The eBay option will arrive sooner, so I recommend it above the Amazon option.

Amazon vendors have started to carry the same 5% Permethrin cream that the doctors prescribe. Because of this, there is no need to go to trudge to the doctor’s office and pay co-pay bills.

No prescription is necessary. You don’t even have to leave your house.

This is especially helpful for those who:

  • Have a doctor who refuses to believe that you have scabies.
  • Don’t have health insurance to pay the higher costs.
  • Are interested in avoiding the hassle at the doctor’s office.

Take a deep breath, your misery will soon be over.

Remember you can always buy Permethrin spray on Amazon to clean surfaces and liquid permethrin to mix your own cream with. I recommend you use the spray to clean any surfaces that infested people have come in contact with.

You can also buy the raw ingredients to make your own permethrin cream (you’ll find that information below).

Making Your Own 5% Permethrin Cream for Scabies

Recently, a video was uploaded to YouTube that guides you on how to make your own 5% lotion.

In the video, you find out how to mix your own ingredients and make permethrin cream otc yourself. It won’t be just like the pre-made cream (it can often turn out a bit runny), but it should be enough to help cure you!

Making your own Permethrin is best if you have a large family to treat and want to be sure you know exactly what ingredients have gone into your treatment.

If you are treating multiple people it will cost more than $2 like what is said in the video, but overall it could be cheaper to make it yourself. Just follow the guide make sure you get the portions correct.

I would add the video to this post, but the person who made the video has disabled embedding. So here is the direct link to Youtube. Nevermind, the video has recently been set to private. Hopef,ully that changes.

Here is how to mix the permethrin mixture on your own:

To make our own lotion we’ll be mixing 10% multipurpose Permethrin cream with a lotion.

So we want 5% permethrin lotion, just like the prescription.

Now to get the correct mixture we just follow these ratios:

(so, equal parts.)

This effectively dilutes the permethrin to 5% while adding lotion, which makes it easily applicable.


Once you have the medication it is really important that you know how to use it correctly.

For example, you MUST take the necessary precautions to keep the bugs out of your environment so you don’t get re-infested again right after treatment.

The steps to cure yourself with permethrin cream are pretty basic, but the precautions can be easily overlooked.

Basic tips are:

  • Cover your ENTIRE body with the cream. Leave no area untreated. You never know where the bugs are, they could easily be in places that you miss (think webs of toes, under feet, any crevices…)
  • Let the Permethrin stay on your skin between 8-14 hours. This is the most effective time, if you wash it off too soon it might not kill all of the mites.
  • Makes sure to clean your environment thoroughly. This means changing clothes/sheets after every use and disinfecting often
  • Really consider complementing your permethrin treatment with simultaneous doses of Ivermectin.

You can find more information like this in the post How to get rid of Scabies at Home Fast).

And here is a short video I made about the use of Permethrin cream:

How to use the Cream

That’s it for this post on buying permethrin otc. If you need additional advice be sure to check out the rest of the blog.

May you all be cured and heal quickly!

Best of luck.

More Thoughts on doctors

I’ve found one of the biggest issues scabies sufferers encounter is grossly uninformed doctors. Many of them don’t diagnose or treat scabies properly.

With some doctors, no matter how much we tell them about our pain and suffering is due to scabies, they will just brush it off as eczema or allergies.

Or if they do believe us – and we get the medication initially – some of us are still unable to clear the infestation in our first try; especially when we don’t take the necessary precautions.

After one round of treatment, your doctor might just assume you are cured and will not budge on the matter. It’s sad to hear cases of doctors refusing to believe that a patient is still infested when they are giving constant pleas for help.

The doctors just don’t get it. They haven’t been through what you’ve been through. They can’t see that it’s not always that easy to kill these mites.

This not only bad for us but for the epidemic of scabies in general – more days of infestation mean more potential to spread the condition. This only creates more misery for ourselves and other people. Knowing I spread scabies to my friends and family was one of the worst feelings ever.

Up until recently, it was hard to buy Permethrin Cream online. You’d have to deal with some shady e-commerce website and you didn’t know for sure if you’d get real treatment.

But thankfully, it’s now easier to find permethrin cream over the counter for your scabies treatment.

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A Simple 3 Step Guide to Treating and Curing Scabies

As a many of you have found out, scabies can be hard to kill.

They’re a resilient bunch and it’s very hard to tell if you’ve actually killed them all or not. 

I dealt with scabies for quite a few months and experienced a ton of confusion around treatment and determining whether I had eradicated them or not.

In the end what worked for me was to combine ivermectin and permethrin in conjunction with thoroughly cleaning my environment. I also found it incredibly important to do my best to avoid other infected (or potentially infected) people and help them get treatment.

So without further ado, here are my 3 steps to curing scabies. 

Step #1: Invest in some Ivermectin and/or Permethrin.

Ivermectin should be one of your go-to treatment options. 

When ingested it spreads to the skin where it is consumed by the mites and effectively kills them in their burrows. It has a very low level of human toxicity and boasts high success rates. 

Ivermectin’s ability to spread to ALL parts of the skin is very important. If you simply try to cure scabies with only topical applications there is a good chance you will not cover your skin thoroughly enough. If this happens the mites will be able to move to other parts of the skin and repopulate, as well as move deeper into the skin to avoid your applications.

Ivermectin stops this risk from happening.

You have two options for obtaining Ivermectin:

Option 1#) If you were diagnosed by your doctor ask for a prescription for Ivermectin (branded as Stromectol). It will cost about $70 for two doses. 

Option 2#) Buy it over the counter.

So you can go to your doctor, get a prescription and pick up ivermectin at the pharmacy but there’s a (cheaper) alternative. Aside from treating humans ivermectin is also used to treat animals for parasites, worms, and mange, so you can buy it online or at a local feed store. (link above, option 2#)

Because of this, you can pick up ivermectin without a prescription and for very cheap; only it is marketed for animals.

Please note that while you are using essentially the same medication that the doctor would prescribe, the specific product is sold as a treatment for animals, so if in the rare case that you have an allergic reaction to ivermectin you are on your own, liability wise. 

Also: you must be cautious when choosing which ivermectin product to buy over the counter. You want to buy the brand without added ingredients, specifically avoiding those with additives for eradicating heartworms. Again, member to not pick up ivermectin with added ingredients for heartworms.

Here is what I consider to be the best over the counter Ivermectin option:

Durvet Ivermectin Paste -This is a paste that is also consumed orally like Stromectol and Noromec. The tube comes with mark for dosing, each mark meant to treat 250lbs of weight. So, if you are 250lb, take one mark worth of the bottle. If you 150, estimate to that amount.

Here is a link to a great and very thorough guide to using Ivermectin. The author has contracted scabies multiple times while working with the homeless and has cured herself with Ivermectin every time. Her guide addresses the frequency of use and correct dosage amounts. 

IMPORTANT: Do not hold Lifewithoutscabies accountable for your application of any non-human medications. This is not medical advice. Use at your own risk! I repeat, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Although Ivermectin is very low in human toxicity (you could likely take more than the recommended dose) it carries with it some potential risks. Do your own research before deciding to use this treatment!

Pick up some 5% Permethrin Cream

I highly recommend you use Permethrin in addition to oral Ivermectin. Along with proper house cleaning, this is your best bet to cure yourself on the first attempt.

Currently, you cannot buy medicated 5% permethrin cream online via Amazon (you used to be able to, but not longer). The best place online to purchase 5% permethrin is eBay. You can find it listed here.

You want the 5% cream tubes that you can get from your doctor and pharmacist, or you can buy it online. The Permethrin product I recommend is over the counter and the exact same product that the doctors will prescribe. 

Either ask your doctor about Permethrin cream or if you don’t have health insurance and are looking to pick up some Permethrin without the doctors visit, consult our post on how to buy 5% Permethrin cream over the counter.

Step #2: Remove scabies from your immediate environment

Ivermectin and Permethrin will kill off all live scabies mites and eggs on your body, but scabies can live off of your body for days and infect you later on, so you want to take care of the places you frequent.

  • Your house
  • Your car
  • Your office
  • Your clothes
  • Your pets
  • Anything else you come into contact with

If you don’t take care of these things then your initial eradication might not save you, since you could just get reinfected days later. Some household items to clean your environment include:

Treat your clothes and environment with these items frequently and thoroughly until your infestation is resolved. 

Another option I would recommend is that you take a short vacation from your environment and treat yourself in another location. Scabies are said to be able to live roughly 4 to 14 days off of a human host. So if you can take two weeks away from home that would mean you don’t have to treat all of your stuff.

Step #3) Keep away from Scabies in your extended environment

First, get to know this list of places on this post very thoroughly. It lays out 13 places you are most likely to contract and share scabies.

Even after you’ve killed off all of the mites in your skin, in your families skin and in your environment you still have to be on the lookout.

Hopefully, you have found out where your infestation came from. If not, then you could come in contact with that person or place again and start the nightmare all over again (albeit better prepared this time), but still, you don’t want that.

In addition to where you got infected from in the first place, you have to be aware of people that YOU could have possibly infected.

Friends and family that you came in contact with or even just shared a car/room with for awhile could easily have picked up your mites. All it takes is a house mate or friend to share a towel with you and boom there is a decent chance they were infected.

So be a responsible person/friend and make sure your friends get treated. Even if you warn them though, they might not follow through or do the treatment very extensively. At this point it is out of your hands, and you owe it to yourself to keep away from them until they get their shit figured out. It sucks, but there aren’t really any other options if you want to avoid becoming reinfected.

So with these three tips, you should resolve any scabies infestation. I hope it all works out for you!

Some additional Words of Advice

Avoid scratching your skin incessantly

It buries mites and their debris deeper in the skin, making for a longer, itchier post-mite recovery period while your body works to reject all if this waste.

It can also spread the mites throughout any environment that you scratch in. When you scratch dead skin is introduced into the air, and loose mites will travel along with that dead skin.

Not only can scabies live without food for days off of your body, but with that dead skin to cling to and feed off of their survivability increases tenfold.

Avoid hot showers.

Hot showers dry out your skin and make it harder for your body to heal the damaged skin to regrow and the fight infection.

Take cold showers if you can handle it. You will itch less, your skin will thank you and your recovery will hasten. If you can’t bear cold showers, opt for lukewarm water and end your shower with a few seconds of cold to close up your pores.

Do what you can to keep your spirits up.

Your immune system and overall health will function best if you are at ease and avoid the temptation to dwell in thought all day.

Keep yourself occupied and don’t get too down on the situation. Thinking about how shitty this condition is all day will get you stuck in a rut. Remember, your body wants your love and contentment to heal.

Go do something fun and engaging to keep yourself occupied. Just don’t spread the mites!


We’ve come to the end of the guide. I really hope all of this has helped you out. I know it’s a bit overwhelming, but take action and you’ve got this!

Good luck and I wish you the best.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided herein should not be construed as a health-care diagnosis, treatment regimen or any other prescribed health-care advice or instruction. The information is provided with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in the practice of medicine or any other health-care profession and does not enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship with its readers. The publisher does not advise or recommend to its readers’ treatment or action with regard to matters relating to their health or well-being other than to suggest that readers consult appropriate health-care professionals in such matters. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication. The information and opinions provided herein are believed to be accurate and sound at the time of publication, based on the best judgment available to the authors. However, readers who rely on information in this publication to replace the advice of health-care professionals, or who fail to consult with health-care professionals, assume all risks of such conduct. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

How do You Get Scabies in the First Place?

how to d you get scabies

There are two kinds of people that land on this page.

Either you’re:

A.) Just curious about scabies because you’ve heard about them.


B.) You are infested, or your friends/family are infested, and you’re freaking out trying to figure out how this happened.

I hope, for your sake, that you fall into category A.

If you fall into dreadful category B, then I pity you.

You are probably wondering how did I get scabies? How do you catch scabies in the first place? Where do you get scabies from? How exactly does one get scabies?

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

It’s a lot of questions. It’s already hard enough just having to deal with your infestation now that you have it.

But luckily, this page (and website) was made for you.

How do you catch scabies?

The minute you found out you had the mites you were probably wondering where the hell did these things come from!?

No doubt you’ve racked your brain trying to figure out just who – or where – gave you the gift of these little demons.

  • Can I get scabies from hugging someone?
  • How easy is to to get/catch scabies? Did I just touch some person or surface once and get them?

Finding out how you contracted this menacing bug might prove elusive.

But it’s a good idea to do some detective work.

If you know where they came from you can better avoid getting reinfestation once you’ve cured yourself.

So where are Scabies mites most often found?

13 places you’re most likely to contract scabies

Mites will sit without a host for days waiting for a new one. They can idle for weeks as long as they were left on a surface that is hospitable for them.

You have the highest likelihood of picking up the mites in highly populated places and places that aren’t cleaned frequently.

Crowded spaces could be pretty broad, so let’s look at specific establishments.

#1) The gym

I’m pretty sure this is where I picked them up.. damn local YMCA.

In the gym, you encounter plenty of shared surfaces:

  • weights
  • workout machines
  • mats
  • showers
  • saunas
  • locker rooms

Plenty of risk areas for mites.

Also, many people use the provided towels, which are not always cleaned thoroughly under hot enough temperatures.


  • Avoid going to the gym if you pick up or ever hear of anyone else picking up the mites. You don’t want to spread them and you don’t want them to spread to you.
  • Bring your own towels. bring enough towels so that you can dry off and use them to sit on if you choose to use the sauna or sit down on a bench.

#2) School

Again, lots of people and lots of shared surfaces. Also, kids aren’t known for being very clean. 


  • If you have children or are a student yourself be very aware of any health updates your school is putting out. When cases of scabies break out the administrations in most schools will take some preventative measures and warn their students.
  • Be pretty clean yourself. Carry around sanitizer and use your own towels if you are in the gym often. There’s not much else you can do other than this.

#3) Your workplace

If your work environment has a lot of people then it is a likely target for the spread of mites.

Be mindful of a potential spreading of the mites across your office and request that your coworkers get treated if the mites show up.

#4) Communal housing

When people live together pretty much everything is shared virus wise. 

When you share the same couches, same bathrooms, same kitchen and same everything else pretty much all of your colds and anything else transmittable will spread.

Tips: At the very first sign of infestation get everyone treated in your living space.

If you hesitate to treat everyone then there is a high chance that your time with the mites will be prolonged. 

#5) Hotels, Motels, and hostels

I read a lot of stories from families who picked up scabies while traveling. It seems to be very common, especially in hostels. 

Tip: Read reviews of the places you stay at. Often times a Yelp review can save you from staying in a place notorious for having scabies. If a facility isn’t kept clean then it is unlikely to be approved unless it changes management.

#6) Nurseries and daycare

Again, bugs get spread very easily among children. With all of the hands-on play and sharing of clothes, a whole group can become infected before symptoms are even seen.

#7) Traveling hubs

Travel hubs like airports and train stations bring a lot of people together. They all pile into small forms of transportation. Also buses, rental cars, etc. These are another easy place to spread mites.

Bunk beds anyone?

#8) Picking up hitchhikers

I’m not profiling here. I actually really like hitchhiking. BUT, for those living an on the road lifestyle, it is often hard to get treatment so they tend to have the bugs longer.

Moving around like this they also have a higher likelihood of picking up mites in the first place.

#9) Hospitals

Although they appear to be incredibly sterile environments, hospitals stays are actually a very common way to contract scabies. With overworked staff often unable to handle upkeep for each patient to have a clean visit.

For such conventionally clean establishments, hospitals can host their fair share of bugs.

#10) Retirement homes

People enter retirement homes right around the time their ability for self-care declines. For this reason, mites can easily spread amongst the elderly in a communal living arrangement. Poor folks.

#11) thrift stores

Sifting through a thrift store clothing rack is quite obviously going to expose you to a lot of potential pathogens and bugs. 

I know I view thrift stores in a much different light after having scabies! Who knows what’s lurking on those racks.

Tip: If you’re buying clothes from a thrift store consider bringing them home and washing them BEFORE you try them on. I know it’s an inconvenience, but so is scabies.

#12) Locker Rooms

You remember that time the whole high school wrestling team got jock itch? Well, it could have just as easily been scabies. 

#13) Homeless Shelters

Homeless people are far less likely than others to find the resources to cure themselves of scabies. So sadly, it spreads amongst them quickly. Lots of volunteers at these shelters have picked up scabies on the job. Bad cases of crusted scabies can be found here.


If you have or have had scabies it is a really good idea to try to find out where they came from so you can stay away. Also, do everything you can to inform others so they don’t have to go through what we did.

How about you? Do you know where you picked up scabies?

Let us know in the comment section below.

100 Practical Tips for Scabies Treatment

100 practical tips for scabies

There 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 Topix scabies forum for some examples of this.

There are a lot of people on these 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 it’s 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 see clearly 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.

Before freaking out too much you should 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, ringworm, bird mites, Morgellons, impetigo, drug reactions, contact dermatitis… etc.

The most telltale sign is the track marks (repeated dotted lines). If you have those then you know you’re in for it.

Tip #2) Avoid spreading Scabies from person to person (it’s easy to spread)

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 doorknob… the list goes on.

You can get infested that easy.

Just touch one of those things and you could be picking up scabies.

So if you are now that infested person please be very cautious. You don’t want to spread this.

bleach bath for scabies

will bleach kill my scabies?

Tip #3) On using bleach for Scabies (bleach baths)

Bleach baths are often recommended online for scabies treatment.

Sometimes even healthcare professionals will recommend it.

Unfortunately, bleach baths will not cure you of scabies. In helping hundreds of people I’ve yet to hear it having enough positive effects to warrant it’s use.

In fact, if you use bleach you’re likely to cause yourself even further skin damage. If severely overused bleach can be absorbed in enough quantity to cause internal damage. 

I recommend that you entirely avoid using bleach for scabies.

Use effective treatments to cure your scabies (ivermectin & permethrin) and natural remedies to soothe your skin and reduce itchiness.

Tip #3) Natural Remedies will not cure you of scabies.

Not on their own at least.

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

As you can see, scabies mites like to travel underneath the skin, often well below the surface layers. This where they make their nests and lay their eggs.

Because the mites are so protected they can nullify the potency of most recommended natural remedies (think clove oil, diatomaceous earth etc.) Even if they are powerful enough to kill many mites it is highly unlikely that they will reach the very well protected eggs.

 I’ve made a video addressing this here.

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

  • Tea tree oil
  • Naturasil soaps
  • Neem oil
  • oregano oil
  • cayenne
  • diatomaceous earth
  • Clove oil
  • Sulfur. While sulfur 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) Fact: 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 a while 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 the treatments finally worked. (I was using more natural remedy approaches like sulfur and neem at this point.)

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 asymptomatic. They carry the mites but never have symptoms, or have them much later than what is typical.

Very unfortunate. So always be on your toes.

Tip #5)  Embrace a minimalistic environment

Decluttering your living areas is essential. It will really help to keep the infestation under control.

The fewer 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.

You can bring them all back out later. Ideally 3+ weeks after you’ve been cured.

Tip #6) Use Ivermectin and Permethrin

Ivermectin and Permethrin are the best treatments options to kill mites on your body.

This is cut and dry. These medications do the job, everything else falls short (always open to hearing about successful alternatives, though).

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 sulfur, 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 realize

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 as a complete cure. I can attest to this first hand.

Clove oil and Sulphur are recommended for keeping the mites at bay. 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. 

Tip #8) Use disinfectant sprays to keep all of your surfaces clean

Like I said 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:

Tip #9) Avoid Scratching your itchy skin

Scratching your skin will not give you much relief.

At 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.

Read more here: 

Tip #10) Keep your fingernails short

And keep them short. At least while you have scabies.

This is the first thing you should do when you know you have scabies.

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 in this post.

Tip #11) Make sure friends and family are treated

If you do everything right in your treatment and got rid of the mites, wouldn’t it 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.

For everyone’s sake.

Tip #12) Keep your animals washed and cleaned.

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.

Your dogs and cats won’t be true hosts of scabies. Just like we aren’t hosts of mange. But scabies can still live on their fur for days at a time.

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. I ended up purchasing this one.

Tip #14) Use zippered 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 dead skin cells that they can feed off. A small population of scabies mites could easily live off of the dead skin deposited in your mattress for weeks at a time.

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 itchy skin

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. You’ll appreciate any sleep you can get during this ordeal.

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 regular laundering.

You can only wear/use clothes and sheets once if you want to avoid re-introducing mites to your skin.

To make things easier just bag up the majority of your clothes and only keep an essential wardrobe. Ideally, it can be widdled down to one load that you wash regularly.

You can bring all of your other clothes back once you’re cured.

Tip #20) Use good detergents (and thorough wash cycles)

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

A good rule of thumb is to use 1 cup of ammonia in your laundry, 3/4 cup of borax, 1/2 cup of washing soda and regular detergent.

That should ensure that your laundry cycle will be enough to kill the mites.

Tip #17) Scabies can survive laundry cycles.

Unless you do them right.

When you wash your clothes double check that your dryer is on the highest setting possible.

Dry your laundry HOT and for an extended cycle.

You might even want to run your clothes twice in the dryer. Just to be safe.

Tip #18) If possible, take a mini-vacation from your house (if it is extremely infested)

If your house is big and you worry about re-infestation then I recommend leaving your house behind for at least a week.

Take your dose of Stromectol/Ivermectin/permethrin and head somewhere downsized.

I don’t recommend going to a hotel. You don’t want to spread the mites.

But perhaps you know someone with a small guest house. You can stay there and treat yourself without the stress of managing your home’s potential for infestation.

Tip #19) Drinking alcohol can make itching worse.

A lot of people online have said this and I can confirm it first hand.

If you decide to drink take notice of the degree of your itching.

If you itch more, then stop. And if you find you can’t stop drinking, maybe that’s something you should look into. 😉


Tip #21) Disposable gloves are extremely useful.

Buy a ton of them and use them often.

Your hands are a very easy way to spread mites and a frequent change of disposable gloves can make a huge difference in your cure.

Use them whenever cleaning or touching surfaces.

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 all that cleaner

Try saran wrapping them. You can wrap your remotes, keyboards, computer mouse etc..

Ideal for electronics you’re fine to not use for a while.

Tip #23) Use your freezer for small items

Utilize your freezer to disinfect your shoes and small things overnight.

I kept my rings and necklace in the freezer overnight, then wiped them clean.

Tip #24) Wear easy to clean indoor shoes

Flip-flops or Crocs plastic or rubberized are easy to sanitize.

Just spray them with Lysol or soak in soapy water with bleach or borax.

Tip #25) Keep easy access disinfectants around

It’s a good idea to have disinfectant sprays and wipes all around the house and in the car.

The more easily accessible your cleaning supplies are the better you’re able to limit opportunities for the bugs to spread.

I kept Clorox wipes in most of my rooms for easy access.  Alsopermethrin spray would be a good thing to have handy.

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

In addition to your ivermectin and permethrin treatments, it is probably a good idea to soak in a sulfur bath every few days.

I did this near the end of my infestation as an extra added measure.

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

Having scabies is stressful Over-researching scabies can make things far more 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 its course.

Don’t overthink it.

Tip #29) Avoid sugar and wheat

As well as other potential dietary choices that can increase itchy skin.

Scabies mites 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 also 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.

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

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. Because then it’s back to the drawing board.

Tip #32) 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 infests the feet, and your socks and shoes can be carrying live mites at any given time.

For this reason, 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 mites can linger in carpet waiting to 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 sulfur 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 this types of advice. Scabies is going to infest even the healthiest of people, it doesn’t matter.

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

The Topix forum can be helpful on occasion. also Curezone and

But be wary of a lot of the commenters. And don’t spend too much time on these sites.

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.

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 for 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 cannot 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 of 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.

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

It’s so easy to think fatalistically when you have these mites.

They limit your life, they make you incredibly uncomfortable and they keep you fearful of 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.

How to Boost Your Immune System for Scabies

Scabies mites are affected by the strength of your immunity

Strengthening Your Natural Immunity for Scabies Treatment

Those with impaired immune systems become easy targets for a thriving scabies population. Individuals with the weakest resistance get the worst cases of scabies, developing Norwegian/crusted scabies. This condition means the mites have multiplied into the hundreds of thousands, or even millions. Yuck.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

If you want to fight scabies with your immune system then this is the post for you. I don’t personally think it is the best approach, but power to you. Here’s the tips to do it right by strongly improving your immune response.

1) Get sufficient sleep and relaxation.

A stressed out, overworked and under-slept body is a perfect environment for scabies to thrive. Your immune system works its best when you are well rested and have minimal tension and friction in your life. Sleep a lot. In a pitch dark room, sans electronics, with earplugs even. You need solid blocks of sleep to produce HGH, which is how the body heals itself. Go to bed an hour earlier at night. Make a ritual out of it. Try to take on less responsibilities from work while you go through this. Take time off of work, if it is within your means.

2) Supplement your immune system.

You can ingest immune tonics to boost your bodies response and essential oils that travel to the skin and cause extreme irritation to the mites. Listed below are great supplements that boost your immune response and it’s production of antibodies.

Nature’s Way System Well: Ultimate Immunity

SystemWell is the most powerful and broadly approaching immune booster out there. SystemWell is the multi-system defense formula for seven essential aspects of healthy immunity. 1) Epidermal 2) Respiratory 3) Digestive 4) Systemic 5) Circulatory 6) Cellular 7) Lymphatic. It is very effective at treating immune threats at all levels.

IP6 & Inositol 

IP6 & Inositol is one of the most potent immune boosters known to man. It has been used successfully to treat all kinds of cancer. IP6 is a phosphorylated form of inositol commonly found in fiber-rich plant foods. IP6 supports immunity and cardiovascular health by enhancing Natural Killer (NK) cells. It has cleared out cancers that chemo could not and also helped to replace the cancerous cells with new healthy ones. I started to notice a large tipping point when I started to take this supplement. I highly recommend this product, check out the reviews on Amazon!

Oregano oil

Oregano oil provides many internal treatment benefits. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergen, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.  When purchasing oregano oil you want to be sure it contains the active compound Carvacrol. It should read in the range 70-80%. When I was taking it I could smell it on my skin. It no doubt agitated the mites. Here is a good buying option.


Turmeric is an ancient health booster. It boasts many healing and restorative properties – aiding the immune system and skin health – along with many other benefits; too many to list here. But I’ll link you to some pages that explain all of the life improving characteristics of this herb.

Doctors best Curcumin C3 Complex contains perine, which helps improve absorption – Doctors best is a trusted brand that I have had a great experience with.


A long renowned immune booster, Echinacea is an advisable supplement to give your system an added boost. Nature’s Way offers a very good deal – working out to just 4 cents per pill.

3) Move your body and relax your mind.

Over thinking causes stress. Not enough physical movement causes stagnation.

I know it can be super stressful to think about your scabies infestation. There is a lot of discomfort and worry. I know I was always fearful of spreading the mites, and always wondering where I got them from in the first place.

A good solution to this is to keep your mind occupied by keeping yourself active. Go running, go for a hike, walk the dog, lift some weights. These are all healthy for your body and immune system and by keeping you moving lessen the chance that you will fall into a thinking rut.

**NOTE** These immune boosters will NOT cure you of scabies on their own. It is HIGHLY advisable that your main treatment be Ivermectin and Permethrin. 

A strong immune system cannot kill off scabies infestations on its own. While you can greatly reduce the spread of mites and disable some from calling your body home, there is a reason why your bodies defenses alone will not work.

Scabies can secrete enzymes which will effectively block attacks from you’re immune system. Think of it like a protective barrier. They create a “shell” around them which cannot be penetrated by the immune system killer cells.

So that sucks. But if you want to learn about how to completely kill of a scabies infection then check out my guide to eradicating scabies.