Also known simply as “the itch”, this is a skin conditioncaused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. This mite burrows into one’s skin,causing symptoms like itching, and burrow marks where the mite has entered theskin. Although some people only feel mild symptoms, with others, the symptomsare so severe that they cannot sleep at night sometimes.
This is a highly contagious skin condition, and it can betransferred from a person to person by close physical contact (and, rarely, bysharing clothing or bedding with an infected person). It is not uncommon for anentire family, school class, or child care group to have mites at the sametime. This is why doctors recommend treatment for entire families or contactgroups, even though some might not have them.
This is not a serious health condition, but because it canlead to complications (such as impetigo) if left untreated, it is recommendedthat one consult a doctor as soon as the first symptoms have presentedthemselves. The goal of the treatment is to kill the mite, and this can be doneby various topical creams and lotions.
Various home remedies and natural treatments are being usedfor the treatment of scabies. Because scabies is not a serious healthcondition, even some doctors recommend that the patient try with some more naturalapproaches, so as to avoid certain side-effects that the medical treatment maybring about. One of the most efficient natural treatments for this skincondition is neem oil.
Neem oil has been used for treating scabies for decades now.It has been proven to have various anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healingproperties. This beneficial quality of neem oil comes from the presence of highpercentage of triterpenoids, triglycerides and other steroid compounds.
Notonly does it kill the mite, but it also relieves the itching, reduces the pain,gives a soothing effect to the skin, and prevents secondary infections.
There are various ways in which one can use neem oil. Theseinclude:Direct application. One should apply concentrated neem oilonto the affected area. This provides instant relief and helps reduce theinflammation caused by the mite.Neem oil in baths. For the best result, in a bathtubfilled with water, two tablespoons of pure neem oil and some amount of neem leaftincture should be added. Then, soaking oneself in it for about 15 minutesshould help one relieve the symptoms of scabies. After that, it is advisablethat one apply a neem based lotion on the affected area.Neem oil capsules. In most stores, neem oil is availablein the form of capsules. This is also a good way of treating scabies. However,they should not be used that often.Neem oil soap. This is another effective way of treatingscabies. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, it killes the mite, and iteases the symptoms.