Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by very small mites called Sarcoptes Scabiei.
Scabies can be found in people of all groups and ages but it is most common among children and teenagers.
Scabies spread via skin to skin contact with an infected person. Scabies also easily spreads among people in close contact such as family members.
It generally appears between the fingers, on shoulder blades, under the breasts, on the buttocks, on the soles of the feet, on the knees, around the genital areas, around the waists, elbows, and armpits.
Symptoms of scabies include; severe itching especially at night, sores on the skin from scratching, thin burrow lines on the skin, rashes especially between fingers and toes, as well as intense pain.
Scabies does not affect the face except in babies and in cases of crusted scabies.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with scabies outbreak;
- Endeavor to keep your surroundings clean to prevent mite infestation.
- Use hot water to wash all your clothes and bedding you have used in the last one week.
- Avoid sharing your personal items with others to avoid getting infected.
- Avoid personal contacts such as hugging or shaking hands.
Below are home remedies for scabies;
Making a home remedy for scabies using turmeric is straightforward. You will need to make a very thick paste using lemon juice and at least two tablespoons of grounded turmeric. You will then apply this paste on the infected parts of the body that show the signs of scabies. Leave this paste on for at least one hour and then rinse with some room temperature water. Do this every morning and evening, and you will be shocked by the results.
Bleach plays, an important role in killing the causal agents which is the mites. For this remedy, mix bleach and water in the ratio of 1 to 4. This means you will mix one part of bleach with four parts of water. Take this mixture that you have made and spray it on the infected parts of the skin in the morning and the evening. Do this for a few days, and you will be amazed at the results you get after a few days.
3. Clove Oil
Clove oil would help in reducing the itchiness caused by scabies; this is because clove oil is acaricidal in nature. However, it can also have a burning sensation on the skin when used undiluted. Therefore it is paramount that you dilute it with olive oil before using it. Apply this mixture of clove oil and olive oil twice a day.
An onion is a great home remedy for scabies as it is useful in soothing the affected skin. This is possible due to the presence of quercetin in the onion. This compound soothes the damaged skin. Also, the presence of sulfur compounds in the onion is essential as it inhibits the infection. For this remedy, grate one round onion and apply its juice on the affected skin. Do this twice a day.
5. Petroleum Jelly And Precipitated Sulfur
Petroleum jelly helps soothe the affected skin. The mixture of sulfur and petroleum jelly is a great home remedy for scabies. To make this home remedy, you would have to mix sulfur and petroleum jelly in the ratio of 1: 9. This means you will mix one tablespoon of sulfur with nine tablespoons of petroleum jelly. Sulfur is crucial as it aids in the healing of the infection.
6. Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd is a great anti-inflammatory. Therefore, it would reduce the itch on the affected part. To make this home remedy, blend bitter gourd as the juice is very crucial in the healing of scabies. Due to its very bitter taste, you will be required to add two tablespoons of lemon juice for taste. Drink this mixture of bitter gourd and lemon juice every day to help treat scabies.
Garlic is well known due to its potent antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Garlic’s antibacterial properties help in inhibiting the mites that cause scabies. It is imperative that you consume two to four cloves of garlic every day in your food. For this home remedy, grate the garlic cloves and apply its extract on the affected skin. If you get a burning sensation after applying this extract on your skin, you can take a break for two days after applying for three continuous days.
8. Cayenne Pepper
It is important that you note that this home remedy is not for people with sensitive skin. Cayenne pepper is an effective home remedy if you want to get rid of the mites that cause scabies. This home remedy is an easy one as it entails taking a bath with cayenne pepper. You would be required to pour a cup of cayenne pepper powder in your hot bath water. Soak your body in this water until the water cools down. Then, wash off the cayenne pepper with cold water. It is essential when you are using this home remedy for scabies that you are careful so you don’t get cayenne pepper water in your eyes as it can cause a burning sensation.
9. White Vinegar
White vinegar is a good home remedy for scabies due to its acidic properties. These properties play a major role in getting rid of the mites that cause scabies. To make this home remedy, mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar. Then, use a cotton ball in applying this mixture on the affected skin. You should let this mixture stay on your skin for fifteen to twenty minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Apply this mixture on your skin three times a day.
10. Hydrogen Peroxide And Borax
Borax is an excellent natural fungicide and insecticide while on the other hand hydrogen peroxide is a potent antibacterial. The mixture of this two makes a good home remedy for scabies as it kills scabies-causing mites and prevents any further infection on the affected skin. To make this home remedy, mix borax and hydrogen peroxide in a bathtub filled with lukewarm bathing water in the ratio of 2:1. This means you would use two cups of borax and one cup of hydrogen peroxide. Then, soak yourself in this water for fifteen minutes. You should take this bath at least two times a day and you would be marveled by the results after two weeks.
11. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a good home remedy for scabies due to its antimicrobial properties. For this remedy, get a fleshy part of aloe vera and apply its juice extract on the affected part of the skin. Leave the aloe vera extract for fifteen minutes before washing it off with warm water. Do this twice a day for effective result.
12. Bush Tea
Bush tea is a good home remedy for scabies as it has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. To make this home remedy, boil some water and then add some bush tea leaves. You could add some honey to improve the taste. You should drink this mixture three times a day for two weeks.
13. Mint Leaves
Mint is a good home remedy for scabies due to the presence of menthol which soothes the itching skin and inflammation. For this home remedy, make a paste from mint leaves and some water. You would then apply this paste on your itching skin and experience the soothing effect.
Rosemary reduces itching and secondary infection as it has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. For this home remedy, you would have to place rosemary leaves in a cup and add hot water. Wait until this water cools down and soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Apply this mixture on the infected skin three times a day.
15. Cold Compress
For this home remedy, dip a towel in ice cold water and use it to cool your skin to stop the inflammation and itching.
16. Tea Tree Oil
There are two things to note on this home remedy for scabies. If you have an irritable skin you should first try this mixture on a small area of skin as it can be very irritable. Secondly, this home remedy is not suggested for both pregnant women and nursing mothers. Tea tree oil has terpinene-4-ol which kills the parasites that causes scabies. To make this home remedy, mix one teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of tea tree oil. Dip a cotton ball in this mixture and apply the mixture on the affected skin. Do this for four weeks.
17. Calendula Petals
To make this home remedy, you would need to grind three petals of calendula and aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of grounded turmeric. Apply this mixture on the affected skin and make sure you do it three times a day until you recover.
18. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. Thus, it is effective for the treatment of scabies. Apply Indian Lilac on the affected part of the skin and massage gently ensuring that the Indian lilac comes in contact with all affected area. Leave for 15-30 minutes. Then, take a shower with warm water. Do this twice a day in the morning and in the evening until recovery.
19. Lavender Oil
To make this home remedy, pour five drops of lavender oil in a warm bath water. You should then soak your body in this water for twenty minutes. Repeat this activity twice a day as it would help in soothing your skin and reducing the pain on the skin.
20. Cat’s Claw
The cat’s claw is potent against skin diseases due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This home remedy is also available in the form of capsules in dispensaries for egestion by pregnant women.
21. Tamanu Oil
Tamanu oil can be applied on the skin as it reduces irritation and redness on the skin. Tamanu oil has both insecticidal and anti-inflammatory properties that kill the mites which cause scabies.
22. Evening Primrose And St John’s Wort
For this home remedy, pour a few drops of evening primrose oil to a tincture of St John’s Wort. You should then apply this mixture on your skin to get a cooling and relief feeling from irritation.
23. Neem Oil
Neem oil has both antifungal and antibacterial properties to get rid of fungus and bacteria trapped in the skin. It is potent as neem oil prevents scabies-causing mites from reproducing. For this home remedy, you need to apply neem oil to your skin and massage gently. Leave the oil for 15-30 minutes. Wash off with warm/hot water thereafter. Do this two times a day in the morning and in the evening to reduce and prevent infection.
Zinc is effective for treating scabies as well as fighting off any secondary skin infection. For this remedy, grind 2 tablets of zinc to a fine powder and add a little water to it to form a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area and leave for about 30 minutes. Rinse off, thereafter, with lukewarm water. Perform this remedy once daily until the scabies is gone. Also include zinc-rich foods, such as wheat bran, whole grains, and soybeans, in your diet.
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