Finally, we get to treatment of scabies. I hope that the pictures here have helped you to better understand what is going on with your or your child’s body.
Scabies in children can be even more devastating, as they often get infested on the face and scalp as well. This happens far too often in day care centers with young infants and shared bedding. The scabies mite can live up to three days away from a host. So unless everything is washed every day, there’s a good chance of a mite spreading from child to child.
To treat it, you are generally prescribed medication. It is important for everyone in the house to be treated at the same time. If you are not, you risk continuing to spread the mite. You need to apply the medication everywhere on the body except the face and scalp for adults, and including the face and scalp for children.
The first choice of scabies treatment is Permethrin 5% dermal cream. This is fairly safe, although supervision is needed for children under two. It is a bit expensive, especially if you don’t have insurance.
The second type is Malathion. It is less expensive, and a little safer for young children. However, medical supervision is needed for use.
Finally, there are natural remedies that many people have found effective. You can read more about Joe Barton’s research and see more pictures of scabies here.