What is Scabies?
Scabies is a highly contagious condition caused by a parasitic mite called Sarcoptes Scabiei that is approximately 0.4 millimeters long and 0.3 millimeters wide. This skin disease is not likely to heal on its own and requires proper treatment.
Home remedies for Scabies natural treatment are highly beneficial in getting rid of this problem and reducing the itching sensation. These natural remedies can be used along with conventional Scabies treatment as well.
In addition, to prevent Scabies mites re infestation, it is recommended to wash the infested clothes, sheets etc with hot water before using them again.
This mite infection is mostly spread from direct skin-to-skin contact. The mites burrow under the skin, lay eggs and release a substance that causes allergic reaction and gives rise to the symptoms associated with the disease. Scabies mites survive on the warmth of human body and sustain on blood. Otherwise, they tend to die within 2 days.
Causes and Symptoms of Scabies
Apart from close skin-to-skin contact, Scabies can spread by sharing towels, garments, bed sheets and other such infested objects. Nursing homes, child care centers and other such crowded places are more prone to Scabies outbreaks.
The disease is not spread through animals because mites residing on animals are different from mites that cause Scabies in humans. The tiny Scabies mites have eight legs and a round body but are difficult to see. Female mites are comparatively larger than the male ones.
Skin folds between fingers, toes, under fingernails, underarms, abdomen and groin are the most common areas affected by this condition. Scabies is characterized by intense itching, especially during night and the formation of rashes and blisters on skin.
More often than not, the infection affects several family members at the same time. Children tend to develop worse itching and skin infection. A newly infected individual having Scabies for the first time may notice the symptoms about 2-6 weeks after initial exposure.
Natural Home Remedies for Scabies
• Tea tree oil is one of the best natural home remedies for Scabies. Soak in warm bathwater mixed with a tablespoon of this oil to get rid of Scabies mites as well as their eggs.
It helps heal the skin by encouraging the formation of scar tissue. Undiluted tea tree oil can also be used at times on Scabies rashes but it is quite strong and not suitable for sensitive skin.
• Applying a mixture of one tablespoon each of tea tree oil and olive oil is also beneficial in curing Scabies naturally.
• Adding some margosa leaf tincture and margosa oil in bath water and soaking in it for about 15 minutes is another therapeutic home remedy for Scabies. It not only relieves itching but also prevents the breeding of these mites.
• Prepare a mixture by boiling 500 g of drumstick leaves and sesame seed oil in water till the water reduces to half. Apply this mixture on the affected areas to reduce itching.
• Boil some cracked walnut shell pieces in about two cups of water till the quantity of water reduces to half. Strain and cool the solution. Finally, apply this solution liberally on the affected areas to reduce and control Scabies.
• Applying a paste of margosa leaves, turmeric powder and mustard oil on the affected areas is one of the most valuable natural home remedies for Scabies rashes.
• Slowly sipping a cup of bitter gourd juice mixed with half a teaspoon of lime juice for a few months is highly beneficial in reducing skin inflammation caused by this disease. Take the mixture on empty stomach.
• Boil some onion peels in water for 20 minutes and let it cool down. Apply the resultant liquid on the affected area to soothe Scabies rashes.
• Scabies home remedies also include herbs like sage, thyme, peppermint, aloe vera, St John’s wart, lavender, spearmint etc as they tend to soothe skin irritation and ease the itching.
• When dealing with Scabies, it is essential to maintain proper cleanliness to avoid the infection from spreading. Therefore, wash towels, bed sheets and other such items used by the infected person or at least seal them in a plastic bag for about two weeks if they can not be washed immediately.
Diet for Scabies
Home treatment for Scabies also involves the inclusion of lots of nutritious fruits and vegetables, particularly the ones rich in vitamin A in order to facilitate the process of healing. Having garlic is also beneficial because it has antimicrobial properties.
Apart from following the dietary suggestions and natural home remedies for Scabies for at least one or two weeks, it is also recommended to cut the nails short so as to avoid further skin problems due to persistent scratching.