Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by a parasitic mite. It is an extremely uncomfortable and contagious disease.
Today, there are many products and treatments offering a long lasting solution for the Scabies infection, but how many of them actually work is questionable.
There are permethrin based products, which in fact is a pesticide used on plants and rodents. There are many home remedies too which claim to offer relief from this condition. But, it has been seen that these remedies offer different levels of relief in different patients, depending on their condition.
Most of the times these home base solutions give a patient relief from the itching, but are incapable of removing the infestation from the body. Listed here are some popular home remedies for Scabies, but like in any other infection if the situation worsens, do consult a doctor right away.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most often sought after home remedies for Scabies. It actually has a chemical component called terpinen-4-ol that is believed to be capable of eradicating the Scabies parasite. It is often used for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial qualities. It is reported to be very effective in reducing the itching felt in the condition of Scabies. However, pregnant women and those with over sensitive skin should avoid this oil.
2. Neem Oil
Neem oil is often used as a botanical pesticide. It is also recommended for a Scabies patient due to its antifungal and anti bacterial properties. It is very useful in eradicating the bacteria that might be present in the affected area. People believe that the strong smell of the oil inhibits the mites form reproducing. The oil is actually more effective to get rid of the itching once the treatment with a scabicide is complete and to heal the infection caused by itching.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is often used to kill and supposedly burn the mites. People have reported mixed results with this remedy and often observed that the mites came with a vengeance after a week. It is also not suitable for people with sensitive skin as the heat in the pepper can be too much to bear.
Zinc is known to be very helpful in treating any outbreaks of fungus that appear as a secondary infection in Scabies. Zinc tablets are often powdered and made into a paste to be applied on the affected area. Patients are also advised to have zinc rich foods like wholegrain products, soya beans and sunflower seeds.
5. Dr. Scabies
As evident from the above details, there is no sure shot home remedy that can be recommended for Scabies infection. Dr. Scabies, however, is a natural scabicide that is gaining popularity by the day. Almost 80% of it ingredients are naturally based and it has sulfur as the active chemical component in it. Sulfur is present in highest permissible levels of 5% and is known to eradicate the infection and its infestation. And since it is a natural product it suits all and has no side effects.