Scabies is a skin infection caused by a specific kind of itch mite, which burrows underneath the skin and lays eggs causing intense itching. Scabies can spread through skin contact and through sharing of clothes, towel or be using the same utensils and furniture. Given their ability to spread from one person to another, scabies mites are harder to eliminate as compared to other skin infections.
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Scabies can be very unpleasant, but thankfully, if it can be detected early, it can also be treated with certain home remedies. To get rid of scabies, a person has to get rid of the insect as well as the eggs these mites have laid beneath the skin. There are a few things that a person can do at home to get rid of scabies. You should primarily start by agitating the skin enough to ensure the mites are dislodged out of their nesting place underneath the skin. This can be done easily with the use of a body scrub.
Scrubbing is very important before bathing. We suggest a person uses plain coarse salt with a body scrubber. Rub the salt over the body, especially in the infected areas. Rub the skin, hard enough to dislodge the mites out of the skin, for about 10 minutes. After rubbing thoroughly, leave the salt on the body for about 30 minutes.
Now, head straight for a hot bath. It is seen that scabies mites cannot live in temperatures higher than 50 degrees centigrade. Since, the mites cannot survive in high temperatures, having a hot bath, as much as you can stand, can help kill the mites, especially the ones that you have managed to dislodge out of the skin onto the surface with rigorous scrubbing. You can further amplify the effect by staying in the hot water for as long as possible. The longer you stay, ensuring the water temperature remains constant, as hot as you can stand, can help remove dead skin cells and other mites that may be hiding deeper in the skin.
After you’re done, get out of the bath, dry your skin well and put the towel for washing in hot water right after use.
Hot water bath helps you feel better, though it is only a temporary relief and can sometimes have a negative effect. Hot water can dry and irritate your skin, since it dries of the natural oils from the outer layer of the skin, which can further damage the already damaged skin.
Since scabies can be transmitted from one person to another very easily through clothing etc., it is important to wash infected clothes and bedding to eradicate the scabies mites. The mites generally crawl to shady areas when exposed to the sun, so washing the infected clothes with these mites in warm water can kill them. Washing the clothes, bedding, utensils, and washable furniture with hot water is sufficient to rid the mentioned things of the scabies mites.
The items that cannot be washed for some reason – for example, pillow, should be placed in an airtight plastic bag, seal it and leave the bag for 48-72 hours. Scabies mites cannot survive off the human body for longer than 48 hours, so lying there in the tightly sealed bag, the scabies mites die.
Cold water baths are a great way to treat various ailments, this can be helpful even to get rid of scabies mites. Cold bath provides instant relief from itching caused by mites, and also helps:
- Strengthen immunity
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves depression
- Increases energy and wellbeing