e. Specific Therapy. Scabies mites in the skin can be killed by applying, twice
a day until all mites are killed, lindane ointment, 0.5 to 1percent, preferably after a warm
bath. Fresh clothing and bedding should be acquired. Ordinary laundering and dry
cleaning will destroy mites in clothing.
f. Prevention. Prevention obviously rests in the practice of good personal
cleanliness, with emphasis on frequent hand washing with soap, bathing, and
avoidance of close contact with potentially infested persons, such as refugees,
displaced persons, war area indigenous personnel, and promiscuous sex partners.
Figure 5-17. Life cycle of scabies mite.