Have you ever had scabies?
I don’t need to tell you, it’s not fun.
Scabies is one of the oldest disease we know of and even today, people are still struggling with these little mites on a huge scale. Usually it starts with an itch, and then a rash, and then eventually it will become an itch like you have never felt before. Seriously.
Not only that, it’s highly contagious. Just a small amount of skin-to-skin contact is enough for the mites to swap hosts and infect a friend, neighbor or family member.
The question is, how do we get rid of it?
Over the years many treatments have emerged for scabies, some more effective than others. In this article we’ll break down the most common ones, and how to use them to kick your scabies infestation fast.
Permethrin is the most common prescription treatment for scabies. If you are diagnosed by a doctor, you’ll probably be prescribed Permethrin cream. The cream is applied all over the body and left on for at least eight hours to penetrate the skin and kill any mites you have. The treatment is then repeated again after seven days. Most studies put the effectiveness of Permethrin between 70-90%.
Ivermectin is an oral treatment for scabies. It is often used to treat livestock, but has recently been approved for human use in some countries. The dosage will depend on your body weight, so it’s important to get it prescribed properly from a doctor. Usually Ivermectin is taken as a single dose, but a second dosage can be taken after seven days if you wish. Ivermectin effectiveness in studies has usually been shown to be about 70%, but combined with permethrin it is much more effective. Ask your doctor if he can prescribe both – it’s a good idea to use them together.
Bleach baths are a home treatment that people have been using to treat scabies for years. The bleach penetrates the body of the scabies mite and kills it, however bleach is not very effective at penetrating deep into the skin. To do this you would need to soak in bleach for many hours, and this is simply not healthy. Therefore bleach is often a complementary scabies treatment to other treatments. It is great at killing mites on the surface of the skin, but not the mites that are burrowed beneath.
Tea tree oil
This is a natural antiseptic from the tea tree found in Australia and New Zealand. It is has been used by native populations for decades as a natural cure to scabies, and in recent studies was shown to be as effective as permethrin in vitro. The best way to use tea tree oil for scabies is to mix it with a carrier oil and then apply it directly to the skin. It’s important to find an authentic and organic tea tree oil – they can usually be found on Amazon.
Clove oil is a effective but very potent essential oil that has been showed to be extremely effective against scabies in lab tests. While this is a great addition to any home scabies treatment, caution must be used as clove oil easily burns the skin if too much is applied. It is best to mix it with a carrier oil. You can also use clove oil to spot treat on places where you can clearly see scabies burrows.
The neem tree is one of the most fascinating trees available to us today. Neem is a natural insecticide and has amazing healing qualities for human skin. If you spray neem oil on a tree, you will notice insects will never land there again. It is extremely potent. Luckily we are not insects, and neem oil is in fact very beneficial to human health. The best way to use neem oil for scabies is to apply it directly to the skin. There is usually no need to dilute it with another oil, neem oil is safe for most people. However, it doesn’t hurt to test it first on a small part of your arm or leg and wait a few hours just to be sure. If you are looking to treat scabies naturally, neem oil should be a central ingredient in your treatment plan.
Sulfur has been shown to be extremely effective against scabies. Applying sulfur ointment directly to the skin and also sulfur baths have both been shown to be effective in lab studies. If you have natural mineral pools where you live, that is also a great source of sulfur treatment for scabies. One thing to be aware of is sulfur can dry out the skin, so it’s important to moisturize after any application involving sulfur.
A combination of treatments works best
Of course, you do not need to stick to a single treatment. In fact, scabies is best treated with a combination of treatments, as your body will react to each one differently. Your doctor will prescribe you either permethrin or ivermectin, but you can also complement that with tea tree oil, neem oil, sulfur and clove oil. Jon from Scabies Home Remedies has a great guide on how to combine treatments so you can kick your scabies infestation quickly and safely. If you’re suffering from scabies, I’d definitely recommend checking it out; click here to go there now.