Before talking to overcome scabies through natural treatment, let us first know what is scabies, its cause, symptoms, and treatment.
A severe skin invasion caused by a mite Sarcoptes scabiei is known as Scabies. When the skin infection is not taken care of initially then the minute mites (which cannot be seen through the naked eye) adhere to the skin for months. They multiply on the surface of the skin and then burrow into it and lay eggs. This causes an itchy, red rash on the skin. It is highly contagious and can easily spread from one person to another through direct skin contact, but yes it is not a sexually transmitted disease.
Though scabies can be troublesome but can be easily eliminated if taken care of properly. Treatment often kills scabies mites and their eggs. Doctors usually recommend treatment for the entire close people living with the infected person as it is highly infectious.
Recognizing scabies bites and the distinctive red rash can help one to find treatment faster.
❍ Symptoms of Scabies
Once got the infection, it takes approximately six weeks for symptoms to appear. The symptoms appear quickly in people who’ve had scabies before.
Initially, it starts with a rash and intense itching that gets worse at night. Continuous irritation persists and then scratching done on the infected area can create sores that become more infected.
Common places for scabies infection on the skin are-
- The area between the fingers
- soles of the feet
The rash is because of tiny bites, hives, bumps under the skin, or pimple-like bumps. The burrow tracks of the mite can sometimes be seen on the skin. It can also be seen in the form of colored lines.
❍ Causes of Scabies
Scabies is caused by the tiny, eight-legged mites. These bugs are microscopic and one cannot see them on the skin, but one can certainly see their effects.
The mites make burrows into the top layer of the skin to live and feed. Female mites will lay eggs. Skin will react to the mites and their waste, and one will develop a red, itchy rash.
These mites are easily passed from one person to the other. Direct skin-to-skin contact is the most common way to get infected. The mites can also be spread through –
- Bedding etc.
❍ Scabies treatment
Various ointments, creams, and lotions can be applied directly to the skin. Oral medications are also available. Doctors will probably ask one to apply for the medicine at night when the mites are most active. One may need to treat the entire skin. The medicine can be easily washed the next morning.
If getting treated by a doctor, then follow his instructions strictly and regularly.
❍ Natural treatment of scabies
Some traditional scabies home treatments can cause unwanted side effects, such as a burning sensation on the skin, redness, swelling, and even numbness or tingling.
Some of the common natural treatments for scabies are-
Scabies Home Treatment 1 Tea Tree Oil
Scabies Home Treatment 2 Aloe Vera
Scabies Home Treatment 3 Capsaicin Cream
Scabies Home Treatment 4 Essential Oils
Scabies Home Treatment 5 Soaps
Home remedies for scabies stand for both relieving the symptoms of an infestation and also killing the mites that are causing the unbearable symptoms.
❍ Scabies Prevention
The best way to prevent scabies is to avoid direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. It’s also best to avoid unwashed clothing or bedding that’s been used by a person infected with scabies.
❍ Lasting of Scabies
Scabies mites can live on a person for up to two months. However, the mites typically die within three to four days.
If one is treating scabies, one can expect that the itching and burning caused by the rash will last for several weeks after treatment begins. That’s because the eggs and mite waste are still on the skin, even if the mites are dead.
Until the skin grows new layers, one may still have a rash and irritation.