I have good news for you.
Yes, scabies can be killed by heat.
The bad news is, they need a lot of heat. Probably more than you can handle.
That is very hot.
When I had scabies I took a bath in a sulfur pool – and the temperature was regulated to 40°C (104°F). I was told the maximum allowed time was 15 minutes, but I could barely last 7 or 8 minutes before I started to feel dizzy and had to get out. It was hot.
I am quite certain that 50°C (122°F) would be extremely difficult to sit in for more than 10 minutes. This is probably why heat treatment is not recommended for scabies treatment. It would be the most affordable and natural treatment possible, but it’s just not bearable for most people. Most doctors will either prescribe permethrin or ivermectin instead.
There are however, ways you can use this to your advantage during your scabies treatment.
How to use heat to treat scabies:
Even if you can’t treat your body itself, you can treat other things to help recover from scabies faster.
Leave clothes and bedding in the sun
In my ultimate guide to getting rid of scabies, I recommend quarantining your clothes in garbage bags for at least 72 hours. This is because scabies mites cannot survive without a human host. If there are any scabies mites on your clothes or bedding, stashing them in a garbage bag for 72 hours should kill them. However, a little “doubly whammy” if you like, is to leave those garbage bags in the sun. Depending on where you live, sun beating down on a black garbage bag is sure to give your clothes some serious heat treatment. This is exactly what I did when I had scabies – all clothes and bedding were changed every day – with the used stuff going in a garbage bag and straight into the sun.
Wash your clothes in very hot water
Another thing you can do after quarantining your clothes is to set your washing machine to the hottest setting and give them a good tumble. Depending on how hot your washing machine goes, this could be a great way to heat treat your clothes and kill any lingering scabies mites.
Boil your clothes
If you have a feeling your clothes or bedding is very stubbornly infested with scabies, you can put them in a large pot and boil them for ten minutes. This is 100% certain to kill any scabies mites you may have. I sometimes do this with my old dish rags and sponges when they’re starting to smell a bit – it kills absolutely all bacteria and they come out smelling brand new. No scabies mite, no matter how stubborn, will be able to survive a pot of boiling water.
Dry your clothes in the dryer
If you don’t live in very warm weather, hopefully you have a dryer with quite a high heat setting. After you’ve given your clothes a hot water wash, give them a cycle in the dryer to get a bit more heat into them. If your dryer gets hot enough, you should knock out any remaining scabies eggs and mites.
Suffering from scabies?
If you’ve been diagnosed with scabies, the most important thing is to treat it hard and fast. After many hours of research, I compiled a list of the most effective scabies treatments we know and combined them into a treatment plan that kicked my scabies in less than two weeks. If you’re battling scabies now, I would highly recommend checking it out – it’s all detailed in my article “The Ultimate Guide To Getting Rid Of Scabies”. Click here to check it out now.
Best of luck and wishing you back to full health soon!