Laundering the clothing and bedding in hot water and machine drying kills scabies mites. Prescription medication is the only tested and approved method of treating scabies on humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These parasites can live on a person for up to two months without treatment but typically do not survive more that 72 hours away from human contact, according to the CDC. They transfer from person to person by prolonged skin-to-skin contact. If a doctor diagnoses one person in a household with scabies, everyone living in the home and all sexual partners should receive the prescription treatment.