Scabies needs to be treated via prescription medications. These medications can be in the form of pills or creams. This is because the strength of non-prescription medications is not usually strong enough to be effective.
Some medications are safe for adults but not children, and some should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women. These risks should be discussed with the treating physician.
Any prescription lotion or cream may be applied to the entire body and left on for a period of time between 8 and 14 hours before being washed away.
Some possible prescriptions that may be used include Elimite, Eurax or Lindane. These medications kill the mite, but may not affect the itching caused by the mite. These medications differ from each other, so children and pregnant women have options, too.
Antihistamines or corticosteroid creams may be recommended after the initial treatment, to help relieve the itching that may persist for weeks.
Some patients may find relief from itching by using cool soaks or calamine lotion. A cool washcloth can be applied to itchy areas, as well, to help relieve the itching while recovering.