1) READ AND FOLLOW the 10 commandments to get cured from scabies and HANG ON TO EVERY WORD. THIS TEXT IS YOUR NEW BIBLE!
while looking at all the scabies forums you will find more questions then answers by far. This Is one of the one of the only posts I saw that was written by someone who was cured for more than a month and this was by far the most helpful. The 10 commandments to get cured from scabies can be found here:
2) Do not scratch yourself AT ALL COSTS!
I know how this sounds. I am in the middle of this to and the constant itchyness has been the worse experience of my entire life! Because your hands are one of the scabie mite's favorite place to be, your hands are going to be your worst enemy. Scratching will pick up mites or eggs form one area and potentially transfer them to a whole new area. For that matter, touch your skin as little as possible. This will stop the mites imagration to many new unafected regions.
3) Treat everyone/everything in your household on the same day!
People can carry scabies for uo to 6 weeks without showing any signs of it. So it is important to treat everyone/everything in your household AT THE SAME TIME EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT SHOWING SYMTOMS. PETS INCLUDED (make sure you use a cat or dog treatment product that includes MITES on the list of things it kills).
This will ensure a proper killing cycle. If you have scabies you have to assume they are any/everywhere they can be. The potentially affected area becomes HUGE if you have pets because even though the human scabie mites cant survive long term on animals THEY WILL DEFINITELY BE INFESTED AND THEY STILL ACT LIKE A MOVING PIECE OF FURNITURE roaming around shedding and rubbing mites all over the place. With that said, lets say you start treatment on Monday with a topical oitment. The ointment should have killed all of the living mites on you body. Now here is where I feel a lot of people get reinfested. Then lets say you treat the cat, roomate/spouse or livingroom sofa on Tuesday. The cat, roomate/spouse or livingroom sofa is still is infested with mites that can and will reinfest any furniture cloths and people it comes in contact with on Tuesday and your Monday treatment in now poinless. SO TREAT ALL AT ONCE. But Then there is the eggs........ So now you are free of living mites but mite egg is not killed by permethin or ivermectin. The eggs can take 3-10 days to hatch depending on eviroment. That is why doctors will have you do another topical treatment one week after the first treatment to asure you kill any newborns who at that piont will be to young to mate and reproduce. so just like the first treatment THE SECOND, THIRD OR FOURTH TREATMENT NEEDS TO INCLUDE ANY PET, ROOMATE/SPOUSE OR FURNITURE AT THE SAME TIME(at least in the same day as closely spaced as possible). Now assuming you have been folowing the 10 commandments to get cured from scabies you have been TREATING EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, WEAR, OR SIT/SLEEP ON AS IF IT HAS MITES. This means any cloths you wear need to be PUT IN A SEALED BAG/CONTAINED AFTER A SINGLE USE and not removed until you are going to wash them. When removing contaminated items for cleaning remember to handle with long kitchen gloves to avoid reinfesting youself.