To successfully treat
scabies, all members of an affected household must be
treated at the same time. Follow these instructions when using medicine to
If you are using lindane, do not take a bath
beforehand, because it may increase the risk of side effects.
using a medicine other than lindane, take a lukewarm (not hot) bath or
shower. Dry off well with a towel. Do not share this towel with others. To avoid spreading
scabies to others, wash
and dry the towel at high temperatures immediately after you use it.
Remove rings, bracelets, and watches. Apply the
scabies medicine in a thin, even layer over the entire body from the neck
down. Pay particular attention to the hands (especially between the fingers),
the navel, under the breasts, the entire genital area, the area between the
buttocks, and the feet (especially between the toes).
and children, apply the medicine to the scalp, face, and neck as well as the
rest of the body. Avoid the area around the mouth and eyes.
fingernails and toenails short. Brush the medicine thoroughly under the
If you must wash your hands, or if a treated child's
diaper area has to be washed after a diaper change, reapply the medicine to
Leave the medicine on for as long as your doctor recommends.
Wash the medicine off with lukewarm,
soapy water, and dry the skin.
Do not apply the scabies medicine more often than is recommended by your doctor.