Some home remedies for scabies include mite killer creams such as permethrin, over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl and some practitioners of holistic medicine use tea tree oil to kill the mites. While treating scabies, not only do the mites have to be killed and the skin have to be medicated, but fabrics that the bugs can live in, such as linen and clothing, must be sterilized, as noted by Mayo Clinic.
Scabies is a skin condition in which the skin becomes itchy and irritated due to the presence of a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. The mites burrow through the skin and cause irritation, and they are most often found where the skin folds on the body, such as between fingers and in the armpits. A human can contract the skin disease by coming in contact with another person who is infected, which allows the mites to attach to the body and lay eggs, according to Mayo Clinic.
Once a person becomes infected with scabies, they must use medicated creams to kill the burrowing mites. While these creams are typically prescribed, some home remedies that help with the infection include soothing lotions and antihistamines, as stated by Mayo Clinic. Similarly, applying a soft cloth soaked in cool water helps sooth the infected area and minimize itching.