As of 2015, there are no tested and approved over-the-counter medications for treating human scabies, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medications used to treat scabies are called scabicides and are only available through a doctor's prescription.
Scabicides work by killing scabies mites, and some also destroy the mite eggs, explains the CDC. Patients should apply the lotion or cream to all areas of the body from the neck down to the feet. For children, the lotion is applied to the head and neck, because scabies can affect the neck, scalp and face. Patients should avoid sharing personal items, such as towels and clothing, with other people. It is necessary to wear clean clothes after applying the cream.