Scabies is a skin rash that produces small red bumps and blisters. They affect various parts of the body, such as the space between the fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, waist, breast areas, feet, genital areas, and the buttocks. Many people are afraid to admit that they have scabies, because it is more commonly associated with living a less than hygienic existence, or most commonly acquired through sexual misconduct. However, there are varied ways in which to contact scabies, but it does require close contact, skin to skin transmission. Scabies are caused by mites (“sarcoptes scabiei”) that burrow into the skin, to produce intense itching, especially at night when scabies mites are the most active.
A secondary condition comes from scabies, when people scratch the infected areas and a secondary bacterial infection occurs. Believe it or not, scabies outbreaks occur more prevalently in nursing homes, day care centers and at all school levels. Taking an aggressive approach to cure scabies is required, but the prescribed medications for this condition must be monitored by a physician. Homeopathic scabies medicines and OTC scabies treatments are available, including home remedies to get rid of scabies. These home remedies also help to relieve its itchy symptoms, and to dry up the blisters, rash and bumps.
1. Tea Tree Oil
The oil from Tea Tree is beneficial in fighting scabies mites and parasites. This home remedy product is very successful in order to get rid of scabies and it is highly recommended by physicians. It contains terpenoids, which is an antimicrobial product, designed to heal scabies, both under the skin and on top of the skin. Tea Tree Oil is applied topically for all types of infections, with some people adding it to bath water. The chemical property of Tea Tree Oil kills all forms of bacteria and fungus symptoms from scabies outbreaks.
Borax contains hydrogen peroxide which is a natural property that can be used to address fungicide and insecticide infections, associated with killing off scabies. The active ingredients in Borax directly affects the mites under the skin, by destroying the outward coating that protects the mites, so that they will dry up and die. It is encouraged that people soak in Borax and water. Use 1 to 2 cups of Borax in a tub of water. Continue this daily method until you can see topical improvement. Use this same product to wash clothing and bedding that has come into close contact with your skin.
3. Neem Oil
Neem Oil as a home remedy, has long been used to kill scabies mites ability to grow and breed. Mites or any other pests and insects cannot survive after being introduced to Neem Oil. After killing off the scabies mites, it further leaves the skin healed and smooth, it numbs the pain, and relieves the itching. Neem is also available as a soap, in natural leaf form, and as a lotion. All Neem products have been used successfully to counter scabies effects. After taking a shower or bath using Neem soap, rub Neem Oil or lotion all over the body for about two weeks.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Over the counter (“OTC”) hydrogen peroxide is made of oxygen and water. It is a safe antibacterial product, that when used on the scabies affected areas, it will oxidize and kill the mites and heal the infection. Hydrogen Peroxide can be used with Borax in a soaking bath environment to further enhance the epidermis and dermis healing.
Bleach, is a chlorine product, a great disinfectant and purifier, to dry up scabies. Of course, water the bleach mixture down, for using it as a bathing product. A cup of bleach to three parts water is recommended to soak in, followed by a shower to rinse the bleach off of the skin. Don’t let any bleach get in your face or into your eyes!
6. Clove Oil
Cloves are a popular food spice, but with Clove Oil, its properties are analgesic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. Clove Oil is used to dry up scabies blisters and its rash, as well as to prevent any secondary scratching infections. Depending upon its effect on the skin, use 10 drops of Clove Oil and vegetable oil to the affected skin, before going to bed. Combine Clove Oil, honey, and water as an antiseptic mixture.
7. Bitter Gourd Juice
Bitter Gourd Juice is just that – it is bitter to the taste, but it is a successful natural remedy for scabies. Bitter Gourd is high in fiber and is the source of vitamins and minerals, like B1, B2, B3, C, zinc, magnesium, iron, folate, manganese, and phosphorous. Prepare Gourd Juice by adding 1 tsp of lime juice to a cup of Bitter Gourd Juice. Drink this mixture every day for a week because it helps to cure and prevent scabies. Its benefits from scabies symptoms, include ease of itching, numbs pain, dries up blisters, rash, bumps, and it fights infections due to its antimicrobial and antiviral actions.
8. Bush Tea
Bush tea (“Lippia multiflora”) is a native plant of Africa, but can be found in many health food and herbal stores. This effective plant has been used for many medicinal treatments for infections. Bush Tea has been researched and tested to respond to scabies symptoms, just as well, as the prescribed medicine “permethrin.” It contains high quantities of anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic properties that are great for any secondary infections and to control itching. Bush Tea is richer in flavonoids and other skin beneficial lipids, than green tea.
The herb Rosemary helps to stop the infestations of scabies. If the infected body areas are treated with Rosemary, either as a tea or a paste mixture, scabies pain decreases and any secondary infections are arrested. Typical preparations include pouring very hot water of Rosemary, dried leaves, let it cool and wash the infected skin, as often as 3 times a day.
Cayenne has been published as a great treatment for scabies. Cayenne will actually burn the dermis scabies blisters, rash, and bumps, without harming the top skin layers. The method that works the best is to place a lot of Cayenne in your warm bath water, then just soak for a long time. However, do not put this mixture on your face.
Zinc as an anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial product, is great in healing secondary infections that occur under the skin. This natural trace element, helps to regulate the immune system and heals damaged cells. Zinc is available in tablets, powder, and as a zinc oxide ointment. Zinc powder and tablets can be prepared as a paste and applied directly onto the skin.
Turmeric is a home remedy that actually kills adult scabies mites and their parasitic eggs. Turmeric is best used as follows:
- Add 1 tsp of turmeric in a dish
- Add a few drops of Neem Oil
- Form a smooth paste
- With a cotton swab or cotton ball, dab the areas affected by scabies and let it dry
- Keep this paste on for about an hour
- Shower off the residual
Repeat this until you see the scabies blisters dry up, until the pain subsides, and until the itching stops.
13. Soak, Apply Lotions and Oils
To give yourself relief from the itching, the pain, rashes, and to get rid of scabies, use these methods:
- Bathe in cool water or apply a cool, wet wash cloth to the affected scabies areas as much as you want and need
- Apply soothing lotions, like Calamine to relieve the pain and itching
- After showering or washing the skin, apply topical oils that are used to help dry up the blisters and bumps. These oils include almond, olive, sesame, corn, even vegetable oil for the skin.