To get rid of scabies at home, it becomes very important to understand what scabies is all about and what are the precautions required to keep it at bay.
Scabies also known as the seven-year itch is a contagious skin infection caused by mites scientifically known as Sarcoptes scabies. These mites burrow under the outer layer of cells and may survive by feeding on the skin cells for up to a month. Usually spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies.
Divided into two categories, i.e., scabies and crusted scabies (Norwegian Scabies), the common symptoms of scabies include intense pain, itching, rashes and redness.
Norwegian or crusted scabies is a more severe type of scabies. People with crusted scabies develop a thick crust of skin that contains thousands of mites and eggs. Mostly found in people with weak immune systems like elderly and weak, the mites are able to overpower the immune system and multiply at a quicker rate than they would on a healthy individual.
Not easy to be recognized, once a person is exposed to scabies, it can take up to six weeks before the symptoms start appearing. Caused by an allergic reaction generated by mite’s saliva, eggs or waste products, it usually takes time to appear. Believed to be most active at night, the symptoms of scabies include nightmarish itching and rashes.
Prevention and Control
Prevented by avoiding direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or with items such as clothing or bedding used by the person. Treatment is usually recommended for members of the same household, especially for those with prolonged skin contact. All household members must be treated at the same time as the infested person. Bedding, clothing worn by the infested person must be machine-washed and dried using hot water and hot dryer or you can get them dry-cleaned.
Here are some of the natural home remedies to treat scabies:
# Tea Tree Oil
One of the most popular remedy, it suffocates the insects and is also beneficial in killing all forms of bacteria and fungus symptoms. Containing terpinen-4-oil, it directly attacks and eliminated the scabies parasite, also protecting users from secondary infections.
# Neem Oil
A traditional medicine, it has soothing properties that provides instant relief from the itch caused by scabies. The anti-microbial properties prevent infestation from succumbing to secondary infestation.
# Hydrogen Peroxide
Made of water and oxygen, when used it oxidizes and kill scabies mites, while healing infestation. It also enhances the epidermis and dermis healing.
Home remedy to kill scabies and the parasitic egg, it has strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to treat the scabies. It also protects an infected person from secondary infections.
# White Vinegar
Containing acetic acid, white vinegar reduces the pH level of skin and makes it more acidic. Thus, making skin more toxic for the parasite and eggs.
Always remember that treatment should be given to both the infested person and to the household members, especially to those who have prolonged skin contact with an infected person. Try to decontaminate the bedding, clothing and towels of the infested person by washing them in hot water or drying in a hot dryer.
However, it is advised that completely relying on natural remedies may not work. Therefore, it is best to get yourself checked with your local physician and got for medication as prescribed them.