Introduction to Scabies
Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin condition. It is not considered to be a dangerous condition. However, it can be a nuisance; so many people want to know how to get rid of it in the fastest way.
This condition is caused by a tiny mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. It burrows itself in one’s skin, causing an itchy feeling in the area where it is. The mite can live up to a month in one’s skin. It can also lay eggs in there, causing the symptoms to last for months and even years.
It is highly contagious, and it can be transmitted by close physical contact, and, sometimes, sharing clothing or bedding with an infected person.
However, this other way of transmitting it is very rare. Also, scabies cannot be transmitted from an animal to a person. However, it can spread quickly through close physical contact in a family, child care group, school class or nursing home. Because of the contagious nature of scabies, doctors often recommend treatment for entire families or contact groups to eliminate the mite.
The main symptoms of this skin condition are: itching (which can vary in severity, but it is usually worse at night), irregular burrow tracks that are made up of tiny blisters on one’s skin. Sometimes, the skin may also be red and or have sores due to scratching of the area. Open scabs or sores are susceptible to infection with bacteria.
The scabies usually attack the folds on the body (such as armpits, between fingers, on the inner elbow, on shoulder blades, etc.) and in children, particularly the palms, soles, scalp, or face may be affected.
Medical treatment includes eliminating the infestation with medicine (such as creams and lotions). However, many have found that natural treatment works far better because it does not use any harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin.
The best natural treatments for scabies are:
- Sulfur and Petroleum Jelly. It is used by applying the mixture of one part sulfur and nine parts of petroleum jelly directly on the affected area.
- Then it should be left for about a half an hour and then washed off.
- Neem. This is thought to be the best remedy for scabies. It can be used in various ways: one could take a bath in tube of water where neem oil is added, or make a paste of neem leaves and turmeric root (equal quantities), apply it on the affected area and leave it for an hour or so.
- Bitter gourd juice. It should be taken on an empty stomach for about a week.
- Tea tree oil. One should combine 10 ml of tea tree oil and 90 ml of witch hazel, apply it after a shower and leave it for ten minutes.
One can choose between these treatments and should continue with the therapy for at least two weeks, because the healing process may be slow.