Scabies is a mite infestation which tends to breed within the skin layers and results in rashes that are itchy in nature. Medical treatment is needed to eliminate these mites. At times, an individual may develop resistance to the treatment methods.
The most common signs of scabies are blistering, itchy skin, red and inflamed skin. Apart from this, an individual may notice bumps, trails, or bites on the skin where mites might have dug into. Sores due to consistent scratching are another sign.
Home remedies can be tried to treat the disease but consult a doctor before trying them to understand the extent of the infestation. It is essential to understand that the recommended home remedies have no medical proof to back them.
- Tea tree oil
This is an essential oil that offers relief from symptoms of scabies. This oil eradicates itchiness and is efficient in killing the eggs of the small mites that are deep in the skin. As a result, scratching and inflammation associated with scabies are eliminated. However, perform a test for any allergies before using it. If there is an allergy, alternative home remedies can be used.
- Aloe Vera
This is popular for its soothing effect on various skin conditions. It is safe to use as it is known to have minimal side effects. It is effective in treating scabies and is also included in benzyl benzoate, a prescription medicine for this condition.
- Neem/Indian lilac oil
This oil is found in various ointments and creams. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin conditions. It is also an analgesic and is antibacterial in nature. It is known to kill the mites and its usage shows great improvement in the condition.
- Clove oil
Clove oil treats scabies effectively as it has flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory in nature. The oil has a cooling effect and can soothe irritations.
- Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper has an active ingredient called Capsaicin, which offers relief from pain and itchiness. It is effective in eliminating mites. Capsaicin desensitizes the skin with its direct application, thereby minimizing itchiness due to mites.
It is an antiseptic and antibacterial ingredient. Hence, it can provide relief from the itchiness of the skin due to scabies.
Zinc combats the secondary infections caused by wounds and scratches. Thus, it may help people with this condition; however, it is not a direct treatment.
Measures to prevent the spread of scabies:
- Washing clothes in hot water
Mites that live within the fabric can be killed by washing it with hot water. This will help to avoid the spread of mites to other areas and people.
- Borax and bleach
This should not be used directly onto the human skin, but it can be mixed in the laundry to eliminate mites and their eggs which are hidden in the fabric. This will prevent the spread as well. It will act as a cleaning agent.
Carpets and floor covering can act as a breeding ground and can lead to an increase in infestation of mites that cause scabies. Hence, vacuuming will help prevent the spread.
Consult a physician when the home remedies do not help. If a remedy aggravates your condition, stop it immediately.