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Treating Scabies in Significant Others

Anyone who is diagnosed with scabies (as well as his or her sexual partners and those 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.
 

Treatment for Itching

Treatment for scabies is highly successful at killing the mites. However, itching may continue for two to three 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 if treatment is effective.
 

Is There a Home Treatment for Scabies?

There is no home remedy for scabies. People should see their doctor so that treatment can be prescribed to kill the mites and eggs.
 

Treatment for Scabies-Associated Nodules

If nodules, which are commonly found on the scrotum and penis, remain for more than a couple of weeks after successful scabies treatment, the doctor can inject them with a steroid medicine.
 

Am I Now Immune to Scabies?

Even after successful treatment, a person is not immune to scabies; it is possible to get infested again. If a person becomes reinfected with scabies, symptoms are more likely to occur within several days of the infestation, as opposed to the four to six weeks it takes in a brand-new infestation.
 
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