Scabies | Diagnosis & Treatment

How are scabies diagnosed?

Your doctor will examine your child's skin and skin crevices. Our specialists may take a sample of your child's skin, obtained by scraping the skin, to look at under a microscope to confirm the presence of mites.

How are scabies treated?

Scabies is treatable and usually all members in your family will be treated at the same time. It's important to wash all clothes and bedding in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Clothing and other objects that cannot be washed (i.e., pillows, stuffed animals) should be placed in a plastic bag for at least one week.

    The following is the typical treatment for scabies. Note that the itching may continue for about one week after the treatment begins.

  • prescription creams and lotions, such as permethrin and lindane solutions
  • oral antihistamine medication (to help relieve itching)
  • topical ointments and cool baths