If you are affected by persistent red rashes that causes itching all over your body or even some specific body parts like underarms, between the fingers, waist, knees, etc., chances are that you may be suffering from scabies.
Go through the article to get a brief overview of this condition and to learn about some common home remedies to get relief faster. Have a look.
What is Scabies?
A highly contagious skin ailment caused by a human mite with the name Sarcoptes Scabiei is commonly known as seven year itch or scabies. The scabies mites are very tiny to be able to seen by the naked eyes. These mites burrow under the epidermal layer and may survive by feeding on the skin for upto a month. If these mites are left untreated, it may lead to worsening of the condition by increasing the number of mites (through reproduction).
This condition is prevalent among infants, children and young adults. Scabies is highly infectious as it can be transmitted from an infected person to others by direct physical contact and even indirect means.
Even a single infected person with scabies can trigger a major outbreak in crowded areas like hospitals and day care centers. Sexual contact is a major medium of its transmission.
Scabies is a very common affliction and your local pharmacy will probably hand over you a long list of prescription-strength medications. As an alternative, there are several natural remedies that which are highly effective to eliminate scabies without requiring you to opt for doctor prescribed treatments.
Have a look.
- Bush Tea
Bush tea is an effective herb native to Africa, however is now available in health the food stores round the world. Rich in flavonoids it is great for skin. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that help you get rid of your scabies infection from the inside. Consume the bush tea mixed with a tablespoon of honey at least three times every day!
- Clove Oil
Besides having known for the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, clove oil is also an analgesic that helps in relieving the insatiable itch accompanied by a scabies infection. However, using it in an undiluted form can burn your skin. Following is how you apply the treatment:
- Take one tablespoon of olive oil and add 4 tablespoons of raw coconut oil in it.
- Apply this mixture to the affected area and let the skin absorb it naturally.
The scabies condition will get better within two weeks of its application.
Bleach contains chlorine, which is a popular disinfectant. It has the ability to kill the mite that causes the infection in the first place.
Follow the given steps to apply the treatment:
- Take a large container and pour one cup of bleach in it. Add three cups of water and mix thoroughly.
- Take a cotton ball and apply substantial quantities of this solution on the affected area. Allow it to dry naturally.
- Take a shower afterwards.
Bleach is extremely corrosive in an undiluted form and hence it should not be touched without diluting it. Even after dilution, it should never reach your eyes or ingested. If it reaches your eyes by chance, rinse your eyes repeatedly with fresh water. On experiencing a blurred vision, immediately visit the emergency room!