Home Scabies Treatment – Disinfecting the Household

After a patient is diagnosed with scabies, and subsequently prescribed a round of scabies treatment, it’s important that they do the following: 1. Make sure steps are taken to ensure that the household is sanitized. 2. Make sure that all individuals they’ve been in close contact physical with, such as family members and sexual partners, are also treated for scabies.

Here, these two important home scabies treatment steps will be thoroughly described.

Disinfecting the Household

It’s important to make sure the household is also scabies-free after a patient seeks scabies treatment. There are a number of steps the patient can take in order to ensure that the mites don’t hang around.

1. Wash and Dry all Clothing

Patients should wash all their clothes in hot water. This should kill any lingering sarcoptic scabei mites. Patients should also dry their clothes in the dryer at a high temperature (air-drying is not recommended).

2. Wash the Bedding, Also

Make sure all the bedding is clean.  Again, run the bedding in hot water and then dry it in the dryer at a high temperature to get rid of the mites.

3. Vacuum the House

Thoroughly vacuuming the entire house (including the upholstery) is probably a good idea, as a few mites may have made their way onto the carpet. Then, as a safeguard, make sure to dispose the bag (if applicable) afterwards. If the vacuum has no bag, then wash the bin out with bleach or some other strong cleaning agent.


Clothes that are hanging in the closet, or were in drawers, are probably fine and washing these cloths isn’t mandatory. Clothes that you don’t want to wash can be put in a sealed garbage bag, and then placed in the garage for two weeks or so. Scabies mites can’t survive without a meal for more than a week.

Treating the Household/Group

It’s important that all individuals who have been potentially exposed to scabies seek treatment for scabies, even if they show no symptoms of scabies. It typically takes 4-6 weeks before patients notice any scabies symptoms, which is why people who have been exposed should seek treatment.

By prematurely getting treated for scabies, exposed individuals may spare themselves from having to deal with the irritating affliction.

Scabies Treatment in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes, and other communal-living locales, may also empirically treat residents for scabies as a preventative measure, in order to circumvent a potential outbreak. Additionally, doctors and nurses may also be treated for scabies, especially if they’ve been in close physical contact with the person who came down with the disease.

Treatment in Developing Countries

In order to prevent an outbreak of scabies, when possible, it’s beneficial to treat all people who share close-quarters, particularly in slum-like areas. Scabies is an extremely common affliction in the third world, and it can potentially wreak havoc on a larger population if all exposed persons aren’t treated.


So, once again, it’s important that all individuals who have potentially been exposed to scabies are treated for the disease. By preemptively treating the affliction, an outbreak may be averted. Additionally, it’s important that all individuals with scabies take steps to ensure that the household is sterile. Vacuuming and washing cloths and bedding in hot water are two simple things patients can do to ensure they won’t require another round of scabies treatment. There are natural treatments for scabies, such as Naturasil, and pesticides, such as permethrin, that can effectively treat the affliction (Related: Scabies Symptoms and Treatment).

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