If you have been diagnosed with scabies, it is recommended that you wash all of your clothes, bed sheets, and towels to help prevent the spread of the infestation. Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. The mites can survive on clothing, bedding, and other fabrics for several days, which is why it’s important to wash everything to eliminate any remaining mites and eggs.
Here are some tips for washing your clothes after scabies:
- Wash all clothing, bed sheets, and towels that have come into contact with your skin or have been used in the past 3-4 days.
- Use hot water (at least 130°F) and a high-temperature dryer setting to kill the mites and their eggs.
- If an item cannot be washed, place it in a sealed plastic bag for at least 72 hours. This will suffocate any remaining mites.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture, and dispose of the vacuum bag or clean the canister thoroughly afterward.
- Be sure to follow any additional instructions provided by your healthcare provider or local health department.
It’s also important to treat your skin and any household members who may have been exposed to scabies to prevent re-infestation. Consult with your healthcare provider for the best course of treatment.