How Do You Get Mites Off of Human Skin?


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Mites are treated and removed from the human skin with scabicides, which are prescription medications, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A scabicide cream or lotion should be applied to the entire body from the neck down to the toes and feet.

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When applying a scabicide cream or lotion to the body, the treatment should remain on the skin for a time duration designated by a physician, and only clean clothes should be worn following the application, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. To prevent mites from attaching to the skin again, infested individuals should decontaminate bedding, towels and clothes by washing in hot water, drying with hot air or sealing items in a plastic bag for 72 hours.

Mites typically do not survive more than two or three days once removed from human skin, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Itching, though, may continue for several weeks in patients when suffering from mite bites, a condition known as scabies.

Patients experiencing itching for more than four weeks after treatment may have to re-treat the affected areas with scabicide creams or lotions to dissolve rash lesions resulting from mite bites, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Aggressive scratching should be avoided as it may lead to bacterial infections.

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