Don’t worry! Scabies is easy to treat with a special lotion, cream, or ointment. You’ll need to wash your clothes and bedding too.
Treatment is usually with a cream or lotion which contains 5% permethrin. This can be bought at a pharmacy or prescribed for you. One 30ml bottle should be enough to treat one person. You need to apply this cream all over your body, including the soles of your feet, and leave it on for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Avoid contact with your eyes.
If you have any open wounds or if the rash has become really red, hot, if you notice pus, or if you have a fever, you should see a doctor for advice before treating your scabies at home.
You will also need to wash all your clothing, bedding, and towels in a hot wash. With things that can’t be hot washed, you can put them in a plastic bag and freeze them overnight to kill the mites.
Other family members should check for scabies and be treated if they have any signs.
It is a good idea to repeat the treatment one week later, to kill any mites that may still be on your skin.