Scabies is a highly contagious condition of the skin that is very itchy and causes rashes. Sarcoptes scabiei is the itch mite responsible for the disease. The mite is described to be eight-legged, as opposed to insects that usually are six-legged. These mites are very tiny, just around one-third millimeter long and tend to infest the skin by burrowing through it. Burrowing, or the act of creating a hole or tunnel happens during the night which is why for those who are infected by scabies, they tend to have restless and sleepless nights.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scabies can be transferred from one person to another through direct skin interaction which, for most infected adults, is by sexual contact. It is also transmitted from one person to another through the sharing of articles like towels, bedding, and clothing.
Effective home remedies
1. Get rid of the source.
Without tracing where it all began, the entire treatment will be invaluable since there is an opportunity for the disease to recur. Make sure that the mites are all terminated through washing all the articles that the infected person has used for the past two to three days. Use hot water and dry in warm temperature. Mites easily die if the temperature is more than 50 degrees Celsius. If there are items that are impossible to clean, contain them in a bag for at least a week or two. Mites, if not on a person, is sentenced to death within 2 to 3 days.
2. Avoid sexual contact during the course of treatment.
There is a chance that the disease might recur even after 2-3 weeks of treatment.
3. Mix together petroleum jelly and sulfur flower.
Sulfur is poisonous, has a bad smell and stains on clothes which is why careful handling should be practiced especially when applying it to children; although it is quite effective disintegrating the mites from the skin. The sulfur percentage for an adult should be 10% and on children, it should just be 5%. Before the application of the mixture, bathe warm water preferably from neck to toe. Apply once a day before sleeping and the application duration is until five to seven days.
4. Turmeric paste
Turmeric paste is also an effective home remedy for scabies. Spread it on the affected area.
5. Avoid scratching the affected areas.
This will leave marks on your skin that you will regret once the disease is over. To address the problem of the itching, soak in oatmeal, starch or a cool bath. You can also place powdered calcium mixed with a small amount of oil on the affected area. Bradykinase, which can be found in aloe vera, is also effective in soothing the itchy sensation.
Finally, if these home remedies failed to serve their purpose, it’s about time to consult a dermatologist for a prescription of scabicides or drugs used to kill the mites.