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.?
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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:
- Martin’s Permethrin 10% Indoor and Outdoor Use
- DeFlea natural pet and bedding spray
- Permethrin Clothing Trigger Spray Bottle
- Hot washer/dryer + 20 Mule Borax?
- Vinyl/plastic mattress covers
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
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.
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.
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