Often you picture some animal, particularly dog, suffering from an itchy skin disease as soon as you hear the word “scabies.” However, this itchy skin disease not only affects animals, it happens to human beings as well.
Scabies is characterized by severe itching and manifestation of rashes that are red in color. The disease causing organism is a parasite called Sarcoptes scabiei. This parasite burrows into human beings skin and then starts populating inside. Immediate medical attention should be sought so that this mite does not end up multiplying thousands of times and cause irreparable damage to skin.
More than 300 million people encounter scabies each year worldwide. Scabies affects people of all ages, races and social economic levels. The disease is highly contagious and transfers with skin-to-skin contact.
It is the female mite that burrows in human beings’ skin and start laying eggs there. The mite survives only till the time it is in contact with human skin. Although male mites cannot form burrows in skin, but they can still wander on the skin’s surface. Infestation of both male and female mites causes itching. At times, skin lesions may also be present.
Scabies can be treated easily with help of home remedies. Below are some of them that you can try.
Margosa oil is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. You can simply apply this oil on your body every day, particularly on the area of skin that has been affected with scabies and find the condition getting cured in few days. Margosa oil treatment is also recommended by traditional medicine practitioners and naturopaths for scabies as well as variety of other skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Aloe Vera is easily available in the form of gel, lotion or cream and its application does not only cure scabies, but it will also provide soothing relief as well. Apply Aloe Vera gel or cream onto the infected area of the skin and cure itching without any side effects.
You need to mix five drops each of thyme oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil. This mixture should be added to some vegetable oil (approximately 2 tablespoons). Now massage the affected area using this preparation. Do it once a day, till the time scabies gets cured.
For this treatment, you need to mix approximately 5 drops of Bergamot oil and a teaspoon of hot water. When the mixture has cooled, apply it on affected portion of the skin. You can repeat this treatment 3-4 times a day.
If you are using some topical solution, combine it with a gentle massage on the area of skin which is causing problems. Application of gentle massage will increase the blood flow and aid in fast healing. Make sure you do not push very hard.
Tea tree oil:
Use of tea tree oil is another great remedy for scabies. This commonly used natural ingredient is quite effective when mixed with distilled witch hazel. Take about nine parts of distilled witch hazel and mix it with one part of tea tree oil. Apply this mixture over the area of skin that has been affected with scabies. It is a proven remedy for scabies and is also quite effective.
Calamine lotion is easily available at over-the-counter drug stores and it is a great treatment for scabies. Just apply some calamine lotion over the area that has infected with scabies. You will see that within a few days the scabies will get cured and in the meantime, the lotion will relieve the itching skin and also soothe the area.
Fresh juice of apricot leaves make a great treatment for scabies. Make sure you only apply fresh juice on your skin that is affected with scabies.
Turmeric and Neem Paste:
In ayurveda, a paste made from turmeric, neem and mustard oil is considered to be a great treatment for scabies. Just apply the paste over the area that has been infected before bathing.
Also known as Peepal, Ficus religiosa tree bark in powdered form can be applied on the skin area that has been infected.
The drumstick leaves juice mixed with equal quantity of sesame seed oil can be applied on parts of skin that are itchy. Both these plants have anti-parasitic properties because of which they serve as a great treatment for scabies.
Neem leaf capsules:
Taking neem capsules will not only relive scabies, it will also improve your immunity in general and keep diseases at bay. Having neem capsules will also increase your blood circulation.
Cool Bath soak:
Try this method for getting relief from severe itching. Either take a cold shower or soak yourself in cool bath water. Make sure you do not use any abrasive soaps as it may further aggravate the condition of your skin. If you want to clean your skin, simply soak a washcloth in water and gently clean your skin with it. After cleaning, apply calamine lotion all over your body as it will moisturize your skin and also provide soothing effect.
Walnuts contain a chemical known as Juglone which is known to be quite effective against scabies. This chemical is known to kill mites and relieve you from severe itching. Simply boil whole walnuts in some water. When half of the water has evaporated, apply it directly over your skin.
This is an excellent natural home remedy for scabies. Skin of onion is known to have quercetin. Just rub some onion skin on the area that has been affected with scabies. You’ll get soothing relief and the infection will also heal fast.
What you must never do?
Never ever scrub the area that has been infected with scabies using dermabrasion soap or anything that will affect the pH balance of your skin.
You must clean your home daily while you are on scabies treatment. Ensure that your car, bedding and clothes are properly washed or sprayed with a good anti-mite agent.
If there is too much of pain or discomfort, taking an antihistamine may help.