The mites that cause scabies, otherwise called Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, must be removed in order to get rid of scabies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposing mites on clothing to a temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes kills the mites. Scabicides, available only by prescription, are used to treat scabies by killing mites and their eggs on people.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that patients who think that they have scabies seek treatment from a dermatologist because scabies are highly contagious. The AAD also encourages individuals to get treated immediately if they have had contact with people affected by scabies. Treatment usually involves the use of a scabicide that is applied anywhere from the forehead to the skin between the toes while avoiding orifices and the eyes. Washing all clothes, bed sheets, comforters, towels and any cloth that has come in contact with an affected person is highly recommended by the AAD.
According to WebMD, itching even after treatment can last from two to four weeks. Antihistamines and steroid creams or pills can provide itch relief. Patients who experience itching for longer than four weeks should contact their doctor or dermatologist to find other methods of treatment or to determine if reapplication of scabicides is necessary.