Scabies is a highly contagious and itchy parasitic condition. Scabies mites, Sarcoptes Scabiei, can transfer from one person to another by prolonged skin-to-skin contact. The infected person feels irresistible urge to itch that it even leads to sleep deprivation along with social embarrassment due to constant scratching. Therefore, it becomes essential to consult a physician as soon as you observe the symptoms. Scabies symptoms include red bumps/blisters and itchiness.
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Scabies treatment is a two-step procedure that involves termination of mites with insecticide application followed by skin healing. It takes 2-3 weeks to completely disappear from host’s skin even after infestation is removed.
These mites live underneath the skin and even when these mites and eggs are terminated, their debris still remains within the skin. That’s why body takes a while to get rid of the remains, and you have to bear with the symptoms for a little longer due to an allergic reaction of the body to unwanted foreign matter. Itching could continue for weeks and the blisters and zigzag lines on skin also take time to disappear.
However, you can reduce the healing time by increasing faster regeneration of cells. Following are certain ways you can heal your skin fast after scabies infection.
Things to avoid
- You need to avoid long, hot showers as it will irritate and dry out the skin more by reducing natural skin oils. Dry skin may lead to flaking of skin and cause more itching.
- Besides that, you also need to avoid over washing the affected areas because in physically healthy people body tend to have its own skin support. Too much washing may interfere with the body’s internal skin maintenance system.
- Avoid synthetic soap additives as they contain harmful chemicals that worsen itching and slow down the healing process.
What treatments to follow?
Here are some of the skin treatments that you may follow in order to heal your skin faster after scabies.
Direct skin treatments
One thing that you can do to reduce itching and skin irritation is taking cold water showers. Cold water will soothe your skin and also hydrate it. Furthermore, it closes skin pores and enhances healing. After the cold shower, you can apply coconut oil to avoid itching.
You can also apply natural creams like DrScabies to get rid of itching. There are a variety of treatment combinations including creams and lotions for quicker healing of skin after scabies infection.
Epsom salt baths
Magnesium-Sulphate or Epsom salt is both relaxing and beneficial for your skin. It softens the skin and also helps in the removal of contaminants in the skin. Epsom salt bath should be followed by a clean water shower to avoid dryness.
Proper diet and nutrition
Apart from direct skin treatment, diet and nutrition also matter a lot for anyone who wants to heal scabies infection faster. Your diet must include seafood, meat, plant and animal fats, vegetables, tubers etc. Gelatin also helps in improving skin health, maintaining its elasticity, and suppleness. Colostrum is clinically proved to be the powerhouse of your body’s immune system - it helps in restoring the gastrointestinal tract.
Even collagen provides many skin benefits, such as reducing skin inflammation, body pain, and joint stiffness. It even helps in increasing the energy and skin toning, as well as, improving skin recovery after exercise. It supports repair of skeleton-muscular injuries and post-surgery recovery, meanwhile reduces muscle soreness, increases nail strength and improves skin quality.
Some of the best supplements for skin health include:
Fermented cod liver oil
High vitamin butter oil
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).