Are you suffering from red rashes that are persistent all over your body? Is the rash painful and itchy? There’s a chance you are suffering from Scabies. This article gives you an insight on the causes, symptoms, and home remedies to get rid of scabies.
What Are The Causes Of Scabies?
It’s a contagious infection of the skin, caused by the human itch mite. Because these mites bore deep into the layers of the skin and feed on the skin cells, they can survive for up to a month and eventually start multiplying. Moreover, that’s when most symptoms start to occur.It’s also sexually transmitted!
Symptoms Of Scabies
A common symptom is rashes that appear as red bumps synonymous with mosquito bites. These rashes soon become itchy and painful. If left untreated, they eventually become pus-filled blisters.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Scabies
Natural home remedies to get rid of scabies include:
Tea Tree Oil
Whenever I write about home remedies on skin problems, tea tree oil often pops up. This is most certainly the Holy Grail in skin problem treatments. It balances your skin pH, slightly making it acidic and unconducive for the parasite. Moreover, this oil contains components that attacks and kills the parasite. Also, it helps prevent secondary infections in the area applied.
Dilute the tea tree oil in your bathing water and wash the affected area or soak in a bathtub for several minutes. Do this daily.A point to note – tea tree oil is harsh and should be diluted
Borax And Hydrogen Peroxide
This is a very effective scabies treatment combination. Borax is a natural fungicide and insecticide, while hydrogen peroxide possesses antimicrobial properties. Needless to say, combining these two will ultimately kill the parasite and also reduce secondary infections.Mix Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide in the ratio of 2:1 in lukewarm water in a bathtub. Soak in the mixture for 20 minutes, do this daily and behold positive results within weeks!
Another oil synonymous with treating skin ailments is Clove oil. In addition to possessing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it also relieves pain and itchiness. However, it is harsh and must not be used undiluted
Dilute clove oil with virgin coconut oil/olive oil in the ratio 1:4 and apply directly in the affected area. Within two weeks or so, you’ll have a soft skin like a baby’s bum.
The humble onion that makes us cry can cure scabies. Well, that’s not something to cry about.
Here’s how onion cures scabies:
It’s analgesic and rich in compounds that kill the parasite.
There are many ways onion can be prepared for scabies treatment:
Chop the onion into pieces and put in a bowl, add salt and cover the bowl. The salt draws out the onion ‘juice” and you can apply this juice in the affected area.
Blend the onion in a mixture and apply the paste on the area
Boil about 8 onions in a quart of water. Let it cool, and apply on the infected area
In addition to being a disinfectant, bleach can be used as a home remedy against scabies. Bleach effectively kills microbes and parasites.
Mix bleach with water thoroughly in the ratio 1:3. Dip a cotton ball and apply sparingly on the infected area and let it dry then take a shower.Caution: Undiluted bleach is corrosive. Keep away from eyes and do not ingest.
A cousin of the ginger, turmeric contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, this “golden cure” protects against the parasite and prevents secondary infection after treating the skin with turmeric powder.
Combine Turmeric with Neem oil/powder or Lemon Juice for better results. Apply in the infected area and take a shower afterward.
It contains acetic acid, which like Tea Tree oil above, lowers the skin pH, making it acidic. This is unfavorable for the mite eventually killing it.
Mix white vinegar with water in the ratio 1:1 and apply it on the infected area. Let it stand for some minutes, and rinse off with lukewarm water. Do it three times a day.
This herb is highly potent. It contains terpenoids that provide exceptional effects when applied on the scabies infected area. Moreover, it is analgesic. In addition, rosemary contains Camphor that lowers the pH of the skin.
Make the rosemary tea, just like regular tea, but do not consume it. Allow it to cool and apply the affected area with a ball of cotton. Do it several times daily.
Scientific evidence has put lavender oil on the scale of best antimicrobial oils, in addition to tea tree oil and clove oil. It helps with regenerating damaged skin. It’s beneficial since the parasites have fed on your skin cells. Therefore, this oil proves its worth.
There are many ways to incorporate lavender oil in your treatment. Mix with olive oil at a ratio of 1:1 and apply on the infected area. You can also mix it with rubbing alcohol. It also lowers the skin pH.
Do this treatment twice a day.
The magic thorny shrub of the arid regions. Aloe Vera soothes the scabies infected area and also prevents secondary infections.
Obtain aloe leaves and chop off the serrated rinds. Extract the gel and apply on the area. Let it stand for half an hour and wash off with lukewarm water. Do it three times a day.On the other hand, you can add a pinch of turmeric powder on the gel, increasing its potency. Mix to create a uniform paste and apply on the infected area. Let it dry and rinse off with lukewarm water. This second mode is effective for the chronic case of scabies where blisters have occurred creating open sores.
Evening Primrose Oil
A product extract for the seeds of evening primrose plant. Most women will swear by the remedial properties of this oil. Relieves issues such as premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms.
In addition to these properties, it is also famous for its protection against bacteria and parasitic worm and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Primrose oil has long been in use to treat scabies and in addition, soothe skin irritation. Since it is an analgesic it also reduces inflammation.
Dissolve primrose oil in olive oil in the ratio 1:2 and with a cotton pad, apply on the infected area. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Do this daily.
Traditional healers have relied on this wondrous shrub to successfully treat virtually any ailment. The leaves of this tree contain properties that protect against bacteria, are anti-inflammatory.
This powerful combination is effective in the treatment of scabies and also prevent secondary infection. Studies have shown its potency to cure skin problems in as little as 3 days.Obtain a bunch of fresh neem leaves and crush them to make a paste. Wash the infected area and apply the paste evenly. Let it dry and rinse off. Do this daily until you’re completely healed.
This burns and kills the mites, by increasing the pH level of the skin. Moreover, it contains anti-bacterial properties.
Mix the cayenne pepper in hot bath water and soak in it. However, take note that you don’t get pepper into your eyes. Rinse off afterward with cool water. Repeat daily until the scabies is treated.
Caution: Do not use if you have a sensitive skin.
If you have zinc tablets in your bathroom cabinet, then you’re in luck. However, zinc will not treat scabies directly. It will prevent fungal infections and fight off secondary scabies infections.Take two or three zinc tablets and grind them into powder, add a few drops of water to make a paste. You can also use turmeric powder to increase its effectiveness. Apply the paste on the affected area and let it stand for an hour. Rinse the dried paste off with lukewarm water.
Do it daily until the infection is treated.
In addition you can eat more food rich in the trace element Zinc like soybeans, whole grain products and sunflower seeds.
These home remedies can help get rid of scabies as they work well. However, if the condition persists, visit your doctor. Maintaining good hygiene is critical and avoiding infection is the best way in preventing scabies. Ensure you wash laundry and beddings separate to minimize contamination. Most importantly, eat a healthy balanced diet to boost your immunity to fight off the infections as well.
I hope this article is helpful to you. Have you tried any of these above remedies? Feel free to share and post your comments below.