Scabies FAQs

I get a lot of emails asking the same questions about Scabies. So here are some of the questions I get most often.

  1. I get this one a lot: “I think I have all of the symptoms of Scabies, but I keep a very clean house. Is there something else that’s similar to Scabies that could have the same symptoms?”

    The short answer to your question is yes. There are plenty of rashes that imitate scabies symptoms. Any sort of allergic skin reaction can look like scabies, as well as eczema. Tick and flea bites, a hair follicle infection, and even hives can look similar. In short, your rash could be a lot of things.

    However, do not think that just because your house is clean you can’t get scabies. Scabies are mites that feed off of humans, as well as other types of animals. You can pick this mite up at the movie theater, at work, in a hotel (yes, even a five-star hotel), just about anywhere. While there are several other conditions that resemble it, one trick you can use to tell if it’s scabies is to get yourself a felt magic marker and draw a line over part of the rash. If its scabies, the ink will seep into the burrows the mites have carved out in your skin.

    Regardless, if you suspect you may be dealing with a scabies infestation, you should definitely consult with your doctor to find out for sure.

  2. “I tried the permethrin cream my doctor prescribed and it hasn’t worked. Why isn’t it working? What else can I try?”

    Permethrin is, in short, an insecticide. It is used in everything from agricultural insecticide to pet flea preventative collars. Commonly used as a neurotoxin, it kills indiscriminately; while it is effective (usually) in killing unwanted pests, such as scabies mites or crop killing pests, it is very toxic to honey bees, fish, and cats. While it has not been known to cause immediate harm to humans when used, it is nevertheless a toxin that is soaking into your skin.

    Using permethrin to treat mites is not effective for everyone. Scientists think the reason for this is because while permethrin is an effective pest control, it “is poorly absorbed through the skin and is rapidly inactivated by the body. [Connecticut Department of Public Health, “Tick Bite Prevention”]” In other words, it doesn’t work as well as we think it does.

    There are plenty of other options. I also prefer the all-natural route, and what worked for me was Naturasil for Scabies. Check out their Scabies Starter Pack, which includes the Naturasil for Scabies liquid treatment, the Naturasil for Scabies cream, and the Naturasil Sulfur-Lavender Soap. All of these products used together are very effective in eliminating scabies mites. You may also want to check out the BenzaRid Spray and the Organic Crawling Insect Control Dust, which are very effective at eliminating scabies mites, bed bugs, and other pests from your environment.

  3. “I heard dogs and cats get scabies, too. Can we get scabies from our pets?”

    Not the way you think. Dogs and cats get mange, which is the equivalent to human scabies. If your dog or cat gets pet mange, the mange mites can cause a slight rash on your skin if you come into contact with them, but they cannot live on human skin. Humans can carry the mange mites and transfer them to their pets, though, and pets can carry the scabies mites and transfer them to us. Just as the mange mite cannot live on us, the scabies mite cannot thrive on animals. When treating your pet for mange or treating yourself for scabies, it is important to clean your entire environment and limit the contact between you and them. Steam clean carpets, wash all bedding and clothing, wash your pets, etc. While scabies mites can’t live off of a human for much longer than a few days, and a mange mite can’t live off of an animal for longer than a few days, if they find you within that window the infection will start all over again. You can find treatment for pet mange here.

  4. “Where can I get the products you suggest I use to treat scabies?”

    I’ll actually show you where I got help for scabies that were plaguing my family and I! The scabies treatment line from Naturasil. You can purchase the items I recommend in the

I’ll post more FAQs soon, but these are the top four. Keep your eye out for part 2!

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