So it’s happening.
Your kid has come home with scabies.
Now you’re itching too.
Your other son woke up scratching.
Now the entire family is getting covered in red bumps.
IT’S A NIGHTMARE!
And yes, it really is a nightmare when your family gets scabies. But it’s a nightmare that’s manageable. It’s a nightmare you can solve, if you have the right information.
How does your family get scabies?
Let’s rewind a bit and figure out how you would have got scabies in the first place.
Scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact. This can involve you getting a massage, it can involve your kids play-fighting with other kids at school, it can even involve sitting too close to somebody for a few minutes too long.
Whenever you experience any skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an active scabies infection, you’re at risk of mites moving from their body to yours.
Scabies isn’t uncommon. If your children are in school, chances are someone in that school is going to get scabies each year. And they’re going to pass it to someone else, who passes it along again, until it finally reaches your son or daughter. Scabies have been around for thousands of years, they’ll be around for thousands more.
The message I’m trying to send here is, you didn’t do anything wrong. Scabies happens sometimes, and save for wrapping ourselves in plastic, there isn’t a lot we can do about it.
How to treat your family for scabies
The first rule for when someone in your household gets scabies is: You must treat everybody.
This is so important that I’ll say it again.
You must treat everybody.
Scabies symptoms take a long time to show, sometimes up to six weeks if it’s your first infestation. That means it’s possible you’re carrying mites and you don’t even know it.
If you’re living in the same household as someone who has scabies, there’s a decent chance you’ve caught it too.
The reason you need to treat everybody is there is no immunity to scabies, like there is to say, chickenpox. Once you get scabies, you can very easily get it again.
That means if Mommy successfully treats herself for scabies, but passes it to Daddy in the process, it’s very possible that Mommy will get reinfested by Daddy somewhere down the line. The only way to be sure you’ve eradicated the mites from your entire family is to treat your entire family at the same time.
What is the best treatment?
There are many treatments for scabies, but the most effective one is a combination of several.
Around the internet you’ll hear of people using a treatment their doctor has prescribed and is not working. This is because everyone reacts differently to treatments, and according to all published studies, not a single treatment has a 100% cure rate.
That means to nuke the mites as effectively as possible, you need to combine treatments together to give yourself the best chance of success.
Here are some of the key available treatments:
This is the first recommended treatment. It’s a standard prescription treatment and your doctor should be able to provide it for you. However, if treating a whole family, I highly recommend you mix your permethrin cream yourself. It’s very easy and will save you a lot of money. I have a very detailed guide on how to do that here. It is also imperative that you use permethrin correctly, as most people don’t. Permethrin needs to be applied meticulously all over the body and left on for at least eight hours. Before doing your permethrin treatment, I highly recommend reading my guidelines and following them religiously.
This is an oral (pill) treatment that was originally designed to treat mites in livestock, but has since been dosed and approved for human use. Ivermectin provides a good complement to permethrin as it treats from the inside rather than the outside. It has been known to be the difference in wiping out stubborn scabies infestations that have been resilient to topical treatments. When it comes to ivermectin the dosing is quite important, so do read my guide on getting dosed correctly (or talk to your doctor).
Many natural treatments have been shown in studies to be effective against scabies, such as neem, tea tree oil, clove oil and sulfur.
Using these treatments is an excellent one-two punch to combine with the prescription treatments above, as they are less harsh on the skin and you can use them multiple times (whereas medical treatments need to be used sparingly).
While some people say natural treatments are unnecessary, I believe they are one of the best weapons we have against scabies, especially as mites are beginning to show resistance to permethrin in some areas of the world.
I have a very thorough writeup on the best natural treatments for scabies here.
The Ultimate Scabies Treatment
When I was dealing with scabies myself, I took all the treatments proven in studies and combined them into one effective treatment.
This is a treatment you can do in the comfort of your home, all with ingredients purchased at a local health store or pharmacy, or even on Amazon.
This treatment helped me kick my scabies in around two weeks, and after about a month my skin was totally back to normal.
I have a full guide on the exact treatment I used here. It’s 100% free, so if your family is dealing with scabies, please take a moment to check it out. I really believe it will be helpful. You can click here to go there now.
Treat hard and fast!
Remember, if your family is dealing with scabies, make sure you start treating it right now. I’m not talking about tomorrow, I’m talking about right this very minute!
Scabies does not get better on its own, and the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to treat. Each day mites will lay more eggs and do more damage to your skin, so it’s imperative that you begin treatment as soon as possible.
All the information you need to get started is in the article above. Best of luck, and wishing your family back to full health soon.
So glad that I found your site. I have been living with scabies for about a month now, I chalked it up to dry winter skin. It wasn’t until my wife got it, and diagnosed it, that we realized it was something we had to deal with. Today, I went to dermotolgist. He told me it’s text book case. Perscribed Permethrin. I’m having a couple beers now (to help sleep) and will apply it chin to toe before I go to bed. I will share my progress in destroying these little mite bastards with you. Thanks for being a source of information.
Best of luck!
How does one treat an infant? I can’t imagine it being at all safe to put permethrin on a 6 month old. I have scabies and my 11 year old daughter does too. My 7 year old son and 6 month old son aren’t showing any symptoms YET. The infant is exclusively breastfed so we have constant contact. I have them all a dr appointment in 2 days but I’m trying to get all the information I can on what to do with an infant in this situation. Any advice is appreciated.
I really can’t advise you. Natural treatments would be your best bet. Tea tree oil, neem oil etc. But consult a doctor.
Will this series of treatment set rid of bird mites?
Don’t think so.
Hi there, first of all let me tell you about my situation. I have an aged friend that I somewhat care for that lives on my property in a mobile home. She told me weeks ago she has Scabies. I had been having problems with my head itching but I had recently changed shampoos so I just thought it was that. Since she had them I went to a dermatologist to find out if that is what I had. They looked at my head and said no because you can’t get mites in your head. No skin scrape or anything. Anyway they told me to change my shampoo which I did and my head started feeling better until I cut grass this week and wore a hat. My head is itching like crazy and last night I started feeling like something is biting me on the parts of my legs that was exposed. I am also itching on my arms and on my back at the top and bottom near my pants line. Now I haven’t been with my friend except to take her some groceries and I didn’t touch her or anything in the house except where I walked. Could I have gotten them like that? I was there less than a minute. I read your post and really like it. I am already a big user of essential oils and have them already. I just don’t have the Neem powder or Neem oil. The oil you recommended on your website does not show anymore. First thing though, do you think I could have gotten them like that? I am also in an area that hurricane Dorian just went by so you can’t receive anything from Amazon until Monday. Please give me your advise what to do. I know I need to go back to the doctor but they are closed today because of the storm. Do I need to do a treatment of any kind before I know? I did already cut my nails. Thanks so much.
One last thing. I could not figure out how to post a question on the forum, is this the only way to post?
It’s impossible for me to tell you how/if you got them in any certain way. Best way to know is to do a skin scrape, also if you simply want to treat, you can, it is not particularly harmful to your body. Hope that helps.
Sandy Bryant says
The dermatologist told me they can’t do a skin scrape unless you have a rash, is that true?
Itchy Scratchy says
I went to my dermotoligist a few times with my itching problem, all over my body but especially in folds of the skin. He told me I might have lymphoma and sent me for a very expensive chest x-ray. It was a false alarm. Then I went back thinking it’s either scabies or ringworm/yeast/bacterial infection. He remained unsure. So I insisted upon a skin scrapping. It’s the only was to scientifically prove what’s going on. My advice is to return to the doctor and INSIST on a skin scrapping. It doesn’t hurt at all, actually it felt good as where they scrapped (under my arm) was so itchy that the edge of the scrapper felt good.