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Anyone who is diagnosed with scabies (as well as his or her sexual partners and people who have close, prolonged contact with the infested person) should receive scabies treatment. If your healthcare provider has instructed family members to be treated, everyone should receive treatment at the same time to prevent another infestation.
Treating scabies usually results in killing the mites. However, itching may continue for 2 to 3 weeks, and does not mean that you are still infested. Your healthcare provider may prescribe additional medication, such as antihistamines, to relieve severe itching.
No new burrows or rashes should appear 24 to 48 hours after effectively treating scabies.
There is no home remedy proven for scabies diagnosis or treatment. People should see their doctor so that medicine can be prescribed to kill the mites and eggs. Also, people should be aware that itching can continue even after the scabies is killed. As mentioned, medicine can be prescribed for this itching.
If nodules, which are commonly found on the scrotum and penis, remain for more than a couple of weeks after successfully treating scabies, the doctor can inject them with steroid medicine.
Treating scabies successfully does not result in immunity, so it is possible to get scabies again. If a person becomes infected again, symptoms are more likely to occur within several days of the infection.