Scabies is an annoying skin problem happening to many of us, especially children and young adults.
It is caused by a parasitic mite, known as Sarcoptes Scabiei and it can spread quickly among people through personal direct contact with scabies patients or in crowded communities such as child care centers and nursing homes.
What causes scabies?
As mentioned above, the disease is named after its cause: Sarcoptes Scabiei. These itch mites are tiny eight-legged parasites living on human skin that can cause an allergic reaction, leading to intense itching. They can live up to a month while burrowing into the skin and laying their eggs. Then as soon as after the eggs hatch, the mite larvae will spread to the surface of the skin and other areas of the body, causing serious condition if not treated properly.
What are symptoms of scabies?
Relentless itching and pain, skin rashes, redness and blisters are the common symptoms of scabies. You will find scabies mostly on the buttocks, shoulder blades, under soles of feet, the breasts, around the waist near the elbow and in the armpits.
If you notice any of those symptoms above, it is necessary to consult a professional doctor to help you get rid of the terrible condition. Some conventional treatments are permethrin, lindane or ivermectin, but natural remedies also give you a hand with reducing pain and eliminating a scabies development.
#1. Tea tree oil
Well, this anti-inflammatory and antibacterial oil has been a powerful treatments for many diseases causing by germs and bacteria for decades and scabies are no exception. You can apply tea tree oil directly to the affected areas and it can help kill the parasites immediately. However, tea tree oil is quite strong and can irritate sensitive skin, therefore, you will need to test the treatment on a small scabies area first if you have sensitive skin.
Also, you will may be consider to always store tea tree oil at home as it can also treat common problems such as oral thrush, vaginal odor or cellulitis.
#2. Aloe vera
Aloe contains a lot of anti-pesticide properties and anti-microbial such as polyphenols, anthraquinones, lupeol, rhein, p-coumaric acid as well as cinnamic acid. The gel extracted directly from the leaf is often applied to treat wounds, insect bites, skin disorders and also a conventional treatment for scabies. You can either use the natural leaf or get the gel to apply to the affected areas then rinse with water after 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can mix aloe vera with turmeric powder to enhance the efficiency.
Turmeric is an amazing herb with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can quickly reduce the symptoms and eliminate the mites which result in scabies. You can make a mixture which is combined by turmeric and other home remedies, for example, neem powder or lemon juice and some water to make thicker paste. Then, dab the paste on the affected areas and let it stay for 30 minutes until it has dried on its own. Rinse with warm water and repeat the treatment daily until the symptoms relieve.
#4. Neem tree
Many years ago, farmers discovered the use of neem tree as an effective and safe way to kill insects. Due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, neem tree can stop the reproduction of bacteria and fungus, thus making it become one of the most effective home remedies for scabies. You are free to use any forms of neem tree including oil, powder or even pure leaves. For example, you can applying neem oil on the skin and have it massaged nicely till the oil can go deep into your skin. Or mix neem powder with turmeric as previous recommendation. Also, you can boil some neem leaves in a cup of water and drink one tablespoon of the liquid three times a day until the mites and scabies are gone completely.
#5. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper has some special substances which can burn and kill the mites and eliminate the symptoms of scabies without any side effects on the health. You can mix one cup of cayenne pepper in hot bath water then soak in the bath water. When the water is cold, get out and wash it off cayenne pepper with cold water. Also, be sure to prevent the pepper from contacting directly to the eyes since it can cause burning sensation and may damage your eyes.
#6. White vinegar
The natural acidic properties of white vinegar will change the pH level of the skin, making the skin more acidic and causes the mites to die. To use white vinegar as scabies treatment, you can make a solution of equal amounts of white vinegar and water and apply the resulting liquid to affected areas. Leave it on for a few minutes then use warm water to clean those areas of the skin.
#7. Lavender Oil
If you are not interested in those above mentioned treatments, let’s go for lavender oil. The process of application is simple but it can bring you a great number of positive outcomes. All you need to do is mix lavender oil with olive oil and cover the affected skin area with the solution. The remedy should be used for a few times per week until your condition gets improved.
#8. White Vinegar
White vinegar is another recommended home remedies for treating scabies naturally thanks to its acetic acid. The acid helps eliminate the virus resulted in scabies. Just simply, you had better mix white vinegar with fresh water and apply it over the affected skin area. The treatment should be implemented less than three times since it can have a negative impact on your skin.
This article is written by Ashley Bennet, a co-owner of AuthorityRemedies. She has worked and trained in the field of Nutrition and Health for over 3 years, consistently providing people with useful information about nutrition as well as helping them with their common health problems.