Scabies is an infection from the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is relatively invisible to the naked eye, it's transferred by direct contact with other infected people. Scabies causes severe itching, especially at night. Treatment for scabies from a physician that has confirmed the infection, would include topical ointment to get rid of the mite, and the anti-parasitic medication, ivermectin, is being used all over the world for parasitic eradication
First things first, I am not a Doctor. However, there are many websites that discuss Scabies. From those sites you can gather more information than you would ever want to know about Scabies. Foremost though is that Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by a species of mite that is very small. Mites love to stay under your bed sheets and blankets - so they have a home delivered meal each night. Scabies symptoms are:
* Itching, especially at night * Rashes * Sores (abrasions) on the skin from scratching and digging * Thin, pencil-mark lines on the skin caused by Mites burrowing into your skin.
My recommendation is that you visit a Doctor as soon as possible. However, if you are not covered by insurance, or are short of funds, a conversation with your neighborhood Pharmacist may prove beneficial. Remember that in order for him or her to dispense medicines they have to know about diseases and remedies.
Scabies is caused by a parasite, so a doctor's visit is necessary. Clean the area thoroughly and used the prescribed anti-parasite ointment. Antihistamine meds (such as allergy medications) may help with the itch, but they won't get rid of the parasite.
Natural treatments include sulfur ointment (really stinks and a lot of people are allergic to sulfur, so be careful); tea tree oil (dilute with vegetable or Vitamin E oil to cut the burn) and Neem extract. The neem is a tree from India, and the extract combined with turmeric is a widely used treatment in Asia with a very high (over 90%) success rate, but it usually takes about 2 weeks to completely get rid of the scabies.