Scabies is a highly contagious and itchy skin condition that is caused by small bugs or mites known as the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. These mites burrow into the skin causing red bumps followed by itching. Scabies can pass on from person to person very easily especially those who stay in the same space.
These mites can survive only 72 hours without human contact but once attached to a human skin, they can thrive up to two months. Usually scabies appear on the buttocks, under the breasts, soles of the feet and between fingers. Symptoms of scabies include skin rash, red bumps, finger webs, and blisters. Scabies is not an easy feat to get rid of. However, there are some natural remedies that can eliminate scabies from your body within 24 hours. Be sure that the entire household must follow the same treatment plan as it is highly probable that these mites have spread to your close ones.
Bleach is a relatively effective way to get rid of scabies. Make a mixture of equal parts water and bleach.
- Spray this mixture over your entire body and let it air dry.
- Spray this mixture on all the surfaces that you have been in contact with.
- Wash all your bedlinens with a strong detergent or bleach.
- Wipe down your bathtub and bathroom floors with bleach after every bath.
- Continue this treatment for an entire weak and you will see a significant improvement in the scabies and your itchiness.
Just like bleach, hydrogen peroxide is an effective remedy for scabies. Dilute it similar to bleach and follow the same steps as well.
Do not mistake boric acid for borax. You can take borax 1/4tsp mixed with a litre of water. Drink this water in small sips throughout the day to get rid of the itchiness. You can also mix equal parts borax with hydrogen peroxide, and apply to your body. Do not forget to spray diluted borax over the kitchen and bathroom surfaces as well as the carpet and bed linens.
Apple cider vinegar
Drink organic apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. Apple cider vinegar has properties that gives your body the ability to thwart off scabies from inside.
Place your clothing in the sun
Scabies can only survive up to 72 hrs without any bodily contact. In order to starve them, place all yours and your family’s clothing in the sun light. Be sure to pack them in plastic bags and let the bags be out for a few weeks.
Coconut has antimicrobial properties that can soothe the irritating itch of scabies. Moreover, coconut boosts immunity and can kill mites from inside. Apply coconut oil over your entire body and bathe after 30 minutes.
Bathing with sulphur soap is an extremely effective home remedy. Just bathe with the soap 2-3 times a day and continue to treat your furniture and home surfaces with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
Turmeric is has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Take some milk boiled with organic turmeric and topped with honey at night to let your body heal.
The best essential oil for scabies that possess anti-inflammatory and healing properties are tea tree oil and neem oil. Apply either of the oils, undiluted to your body 2-3 times a day to see quick results.
An effective skin solution including essential oils for the treatment of scabies is:
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- Aloe Vera gel ½ cup
- 3-5 drops of tea tree oil
- 1 tsp of neem oil
Apply this mixture from top to toe on your body and sleep with the mixture on. Take a bath next day with sulphur soap. Wash your hair with shampoo mixed with few drops of tea tree oil. Continue this method for a week to be sure that the mites have left your system completely.
This is by far the most effective and permanent solution to scabies. Permethrin is a common ointment that is used in many households. Firstly clean the affected area before applying the ointment. Apply the ointment before bedtime from the neck below. Coat the entire skin surface and leave it on for 8-14 hours after which you can wash it off. Be sure to wear unaffected clothes after the treatment.
The best thing about permethrin is that it is equally effective at all stages of scabies; the egg, the hatching as well as the adult mites. Do not get worried if you experience slight irritation of the skin with permethrin.
Oral ivermectin is a highly effective way to get rid of scabies in patients on whom tropical medicine do not work effectively. It is cheap as well as one dose is enough to get rid of scabies completely. However, the FDA has not approved of ivermectin, hence using it involves a risk.
Cayenne pepper cannot be used on very sensitive skins, as it is hot and will burn you. However, it is also effective in burning off scabies completely. You can add one cup of cayenne pepper to your hot bath and soak into it until the water runs cold. Rinse it off with cool water and continue daily until scabies is eradicated completely.
These were just some of the home remedies that will help you get rid of scabies in 24 hours – without going to the doctors. However, if symptoms persist or you experience them getting worse, please consult a doctor. Although, scabies are not dangerous but if left untreated, they can make the individual very uncomfortable. Remember, scabies is a contagious condition and can spread from one person to another through skin contact as well as item contamination. This is why it is important that you seek treatment for them as soon as you notice the symptoms to avoid them from becoming a problem for you and your loved ones.