Hot water shower does feel good but if you think that it helps in killing scabies fast, then you’re wrong. It may provide you temporary relief but it can do more harm than good. In short, hot showers for scabies will not help in killing scabies mites. Instead, it’s going to make itching worse. As hot water tends to dry out skin, hence, irritates it more which is further damaging to the skin. Moreover, hot water even strips away natural body oils and makes your skin dry.
What’s the solution?
If not hot showers, then opposite is going to work. Cold showers are good for relieving some symptoms of scabies. Cold water helps in keeping your pores closes and your skin feels refreshed, which is important for your body’s response to scabies.
Other benefits of cold showers on the body:
- Keeps skin and hair healthy
- Strengthens immunity
- Improves blood circulation
- Increases testosterone
- Relieves depression
- Increases energy and well being
But what if you hate cold showers?
While the aforementioned list has different benefits listed, you still might not able to bear a cold bath. If that’s the case, the following is a good solution:
You can start your shower with warm water, the less heat the better. Slight heat opens your pores for cleansing, but don’t overdo it like hot water, which is damaging. Once you’ve cleansed your body, you can gradually decrease the temperature (considerably colder by the time you shut the water off).
When you start your shower warm and slowly lower the temperature of the shower, it removes the shock element while not making your skin too dry. Therefore, it is important to end the shower cold. This way you can help in reducing itching while making your skin less irritable.
How to recognizing Scabies?
The problem with scabies is that it is not easy to recognize. Once a person is exposed to scabies, it may take up to six weeks before the symptoms begin to appear. This happens due to body’s allergic reaction generated by mite’s saliva, eggs, and waste products. The mites are most active at night, therefore the most common symptom of scabies i.e. itching is likely to become worse at nighttime.
Prevention and Control
You can try to control scabies by avoiding prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or with items like bedding or clothing used by the affected individual. The treatment is recommended for all family members of the same household, especially for those who may have prolonged skin contact. Therefore, all household members should be treated at the same time as the infested person. Along with the treatment, bedding, as well as clothing worn by the infested person must be machine-washed using hot water and dried in a hot dryer.
Home Remedies for Scabies
Here are some of the natural home remedies to treat scabies:
# Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is the most common and effective home remedy for scabies. It suffocates the insects and also beneficial in killing different types of bacterial and fungal infections. Tear tree oil contains terpinen-4-oil, which directly attacks and eliminates the scabies parasite while protecting an affected person from secondary infections.
# Neem Oil
Neem oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, as well as soothing properties that provide instant relief from itching caused by scabies. The anti-microbial properties of neem oil also prevent infestation from succumbing to secondary infestation.
# Hydrogen Peroxide
Made of water and oxygen, hydrogen peroxide oxidizes and kills scabies mites. It even enhances the healing process of both epidermis and dermis layers of skin.
Turmeric is able to kill scabies and the parasitic eggs, due to its strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it helps in protecting an infected person from secondary infections.