Those who have ever experienced scabies know very well how annoying this itchy skin condition is and it takes weeks to get rid of these itch mites. The Sarcoptes scabiei mite is not just extremely itchy but highly contagious as well.
If not treated on time, these mites can multiply and colonize to feed on your skin layers, leading to other secondary skin conditions that might even lead to death (however, this is in very rare cases). As it can easily spread to your family members and closest friends, it is essential that all are treated at once - as people in contact with the infested person are at potential risk of carrying scabies.
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How can Scabies be treated?
The conventional way to treat scabies is through Permethrin and Benzene treatment, these medicines are known to kill scabies mites but contain harmful chemicals that provide relief but also accompanied by side effects. Moreover, these drugs can also be neurotoxic and carcinogenic if used for long term.
Other alternatives include natural and holistic treatment, which relies on herbs, homeopathic tinctures, etc. Treating scabies natural way helps in eliminating the mites and also boosting your immune system, without any side effects. So, if you don’t want to treat your body with toxic chemicals, then natural and holistic treatments are better and effective solution.
There are several natural remedies that are known as comprehensive and holistic alternatives for toxic chemicals since ages. There are various natural ingredients that are even clinically tested and proven to have best results in treating scabies. Some of these ingredients include:
Neem Oil: Extracted from the Azadirachta indica plant, Neem oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, and antibacterial properties. This oil is clinically tested to treat scabies and also soothes inflamed skin while reducing skin irritation and pain.
Turmeric: This is also an ancient medicine to treat scabies to due to its ability to boost the immune system against foreign invaders. According to a pilot study evaluating 814 patients with scabies, around 97% participants were completely cured of scabies mites after applying neem paste and turmeric for a period of 3 to 15 days.
Camphor oil: It is extracted from Eucalyptus globules plant and known to possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and disinfecting properties. It is known to treat patients with scabies within 5 to 10 days, provided it is used regularly.
Tea tree oil: It contains terpinene-4-ol, which is a compound known to effectively kill scabies mites. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antifungal and wound-healing properties. For the remedy, you need to mix a tablespoon of tea tree oil and a tablespoon of olive oil. Now dab the solution on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball at least twice daily, for two to three weeks. It will slowly decrease swelling and pain while eradicating the mites.
Cleaning Your Environment
Scabies mites can even live on clothing, carpets, and furniture for several days. So, it is important to clean your house thoroughly to eradicate the pests. It’s recommended to use vacuum cleaners with vacuum bags and remove these bags from indoors after cleaning. If you’re using a bagless vacuum, you can add a small amount of salt to the container before vacuuming to dehydrate the mites. You can also put the borax powder into a steam cleaning mix, and clean carpets with steam cleaning. But while using borax powder, use a high-quality respirator mask used by painters to protect your lungs from inhaling borax.