If you have a scabies rash, you probably want to get rid of it quickly. While your doctor probably can prescribe you something to help you, there are also several home remedies for scabies that might interest you.
As always, before trying any new treatment, talk to your doctor first. This is especially important if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or have any other health concerns.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used since ancient times as a healing agent. It has been proven effective as a home remedy for scabies in studies, and it’s free of side effects. To use tea tree oil as a home remedy for scabies, mix it with either coconut oil or olive oil and apply it to the affected area two to three times per day.**
Scabies is a skin condition caused by a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei (say: “sar-kop-tees skay-bee-eye”). These tiny mites invade the skin and leave behind a rash and intense itching. Once a person has been infected, the mites can live on that person for months.
A person with scabies often has between 10 and 15 mites on his or her body. Each mite is less than half a millimeter long — about the size of a dot made by a ballpoint pen.
Because they are so small, scabies mites burrow under the upper layer of the skin where they live and lay eggs. The female mite can lay up to 25 eggs in one day, and lives for about one month.
The intense itching that occurs as a result of scabies is caused by the female mite as it burrows under the skin to lay its eggs. Itching may not occur for up to six weeks after initial exposure to the mite. The infection can be spread through physical contact or by sharing clothing, towels and bed linen.
The first step in treating scabies is washing your entire body with a medicated soap such as sulfur or permethrin. You should also wash all clothing, towels, bed linens and other items used by the infected individual in hot water and dry them on the highest heat setting on your dryer.
Once you have washed yourself and your belongings thoroughly, there are several home remedies you can try to help alleviate itching associated with scabies including applying either Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream directly to rash areas on your body. Applying cool compresses soaked in an oatmeal solution may also help relieve itching caused by scabies. If you suffer from sensitive skin, consider adding a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender or tea tree oil to a bathtub full of warm water and soak for 20 minutes.
The scabies rash can be intensely itchy. The itch is often worse at night and may be severe enough to cause a loss of sleep. When left untreated, scabies can result in serious secondary infections that may require antibiotic therapy.
Some home remedies for scabies include the following:
Keep the infected area clean and dry. Frequent washing with soap and water will also help treat the symptoms of scabies.
Tea tree oil and sulfur lotions are effective in helping to kill the mites which are responsible for causing scabies.
Apply a mixture of lime juice and ginger juice on the infected area three times daily to get relief from itching caused due to scabies.
Apply a paste made from neem leaves on the infected area daily to get relief from itching caused due to scabies.
Apply a mixture of turmeric powder and mustard oil on the infected area twice daily to get relief from itching caused due to scabies.
Include 10 grams of powdered camphor (kapur) in a tub of hot water, then take a bath with this water once daily until you get relief from itching caused due to scabies.
Apply black cumin seeds pasted with vinegar on the affected areas two times daily until you get relief from itching
It’s very important to seek treatment for scabies as soon as you begin to notice symptoms. The longer you wait, the more severe your condition may become, and the more difficult it will be to treat.
You can watch the video below for some home remedies for scabies:
[Video: Home Remedies for Scabies]