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Treatment of Scabies-Related Itching

Treatment of 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. Healthcare providers may prescribe additional medication, such as antihistamines, to relieve severe itching.
 
No new burrows or rashes should appear 24 to 48 hours after effective treatment.
 

Is There a Home Remedy for Scabies?

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

Treatment of Scabies-Related 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.
 

Does Scabies Treatment Provide Immunity?

Even after successful treatment for scabies, a person is not immune to the condition; it is possible to get scabies again. If a person becomes reinfected, symptoms of scabies are more likely to occur within several days of the infection.
 
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