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What are some effective home remedies for scabies?

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There are no over-the-counter or home remedies that are effective at treating scabies, states MedicineNet.com. Prescription scabicidal drugs, such as permethrin, lindane, ivermectin and crotamiton, are effective at treating scabies. These drugs are taken both orally and topically.

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Scabies is an infestation of a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei that causes intense itching, states MedicineNet.com. It is highly contagious and is transferred from skin-to-skin contact, often through sexual contact. Scabies leaves a small rash on the skin with red bumps and blisters. After contracting scabies, all linens and bedding must be washed in hot water, and sexual contacts and immediate family members must be informed.

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