How To Treat Scabies

how to treat scabies What is scabies?

Scabies is a contagious skin condition which is manifested by itchy, pimple-like rashes on the skin caused by the burrowing of Sarcoptes scabiei (scabies mites) in the skin. The mites spread through skin-to-skin contact or sexual contact with an infected person. They may also spread through the sharing of clothing or beddings with an infected person. Scabies mites are not easily visible, and have an incubation period of two to about eight weeks before symptoms start to show.

How To Treat Scabies

There are both conventional and natural scabies treatment options. Scabies infestation can be treated with medications in the form of creams and lotions known as scabicides, which are a type of insecticide that kills scabies mites and eggs. These scabicides are applied over all your body, and are left on for about eight hours. Since scabies spreads rapidly between individuals in a home or group, doctors might recommend treatment for all close contacts of a scabies sufferer, even if others are not yet showing symptoms. Remember that the answer to how do you get scabies has to do often with contacts you’ve had that were infected. If there are still ongoing cases at work or school, the cycle of reinfestation can continue.


How To Treat Scabies With Conventional Medications

Permethrin: Permethrin, such as Elimite, is a scabicidal agent s that is considered the safest. Even children, pregnant or nursing women can safely use it. It is applied twice over a period of two weeks, with a one week between each application. It should be massaged in the skin, though avoiding the genitals, eyes, ears, nose and mouth. It has a five percent concentration in contrast to lice treatments which are one percent permethrin.

Lindane: Another insecticide that is used to kill scabies mites, lindane may used in cases where permethrin is not effective. It is a chemical scabbicide, which is applied in two treatments with one week in between applications. Given that it is more potent than permethrin, lindane is not recommended for use on children, pregnant or nursing women, and those with weak immune systems.

Crotamiton: Crotamiton is available in lotion form as Eurax, and is a nonchemical medication to treat scabies. It is applied all over the skin once a day for a period of two to five days depending on the severity of the rashes. It is safe enough to use on babies and children, however, no conclusive studies have shown whether it is safe for pregnant or nursing mothers.

Benzyl benzoate lotion: This is an over-the-counter medication for treating scabies, and works by disrupting the nervous system of scabies mites. It is applied daily for 3 days, and is generally safe for adults and children.

How To Treat Scabies With Natural Preparations

Neem and turmeric: A natural scabies treatment in Ayurvedic medicine is a paste of neem and turmeric. The oil of the neem tree is a naturally-occurring insecticide with properties similar to permethrin. It contains the property azadirachtin, which deters reproduction by affecting the mite’s hormones. For the treatment of scabies, patients should bathe in a warm scrub bath of oats. Neem paste is then applied over the whole body and left to dry.

Tea Tree: Tea tree, like neem, also has natural insect-repelling properties, as well as antibacterial and anti-fungal benefits. To treat scabies, a patient may bathe in a solution of warm water and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil may then be applied directly onto affected areas with sterilized cotton twice a day for three weeks. For those interested in reading more on natural treatments for scabies you can find helpful information reading the scabies cure ebook.

How To Treat Scabies Patches After Treatment

If the itchy patches are still bothersome during treatment, certain emollients and topical steroids may be prescribed by a physician. Application of over-the-counter calamine lotion can also help relieve minor itching and irritations. There are also no-itch lotions available and sometimes antihistamines need to be continued till skin heals.

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