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Scabies: 7 natural treatments that work fast.

Because it can easily spread from person to person, scabies has caused epidemics in hospitals, nursing homes and residential facilities. It has even become commonplace among the homeless, who often live and sleep in tight quarters. According to a review published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the reported prevalence of scabies among the homeless varies from 3.8 percent in shelter-based investigations to 56 percent among hospitalized homeless persons.

The scabies itch mites are tiny eight-legged female parasites that are just 1/3 millimeter long. They burrow into the skin and cause severe itching, worsening over night. When beneath the surface of the skin, they produce a tunnel and begin to deposit eggs. Then the eggs hatch, and the mite larvae work their way to the surface of the skin. This can be dangerous because the larvae begin to mature and spread to other areas of your body.

Then skin begins to itch because the body has an allergic reaction to the mites, their eggs and their waste. Scabies mites can only be seen crawling on the surface of the skin or on clothes and furniture with a magnifying glass or microscope, which can make diagnosis difficult.

There are medicated creams and oral scabies treatments that are proven to be effective - like my Turmeric Antiseptic Scabies Cream. Sometimes the first treatment doesn't work, and in the meantime, the mites that continue to spread within the body and at home. Follow-up treatments are necessary, and informing close contacts is crucial to prevent the spread of infestation.

Natural remedies, such as cayenne pepper and tea tree oil, are proven to reduce pain and help to eliminate a scabies infestation. In addition, there are also some important guidelines to prevent further infestation and keep your immune system functioning properly.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper benefits those with scabies because it can be used to alleviate pain associated with scabies. Cayenne contains capsaicin, a chemical that reduces pain sensations when applied to the skin. Capsaicin can also relieve itching by desensitizing neurons in the skin. However, one study found that it can cause a burning sensation that 30 percent of patients experience when using capsaicin topically.

There are even claims that applying cayenne pepper to the skin can kill scabies mites. There are no studies to back up these claims, but many people dealing with scabies have attested to cayenne's ability to kill parasites when applied topically. One way to use cayenne is to add one cup to hot bathwater, sit in the bath until the water gets cold and then rinse your body. Make sure that the cayenne does not get into your eyes, as it may burn or sting. You can also create a paste with cayenne and one to two drops of water. Apply the paste to visible burrows beneath the surface of the skin.

Tiger Balm

Tiger balm is a topical cream used to reduce inflammation and provide relief from muscle aches and pain. It works as an analgesic agent because it contains camphor and clove oil. Tiger balm won't kill the itch mites or cure the scabies infestation, but it will provide some relief during the waiting period after conventional treatment.

Anise Seed Oil

According to a scientific review published in 'Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd Edition,' oil extracted from anise seeds display insecticidal activity. It can be used topically to treat scabies as well as head lice. It's not recommended that women who are pregnant use anise oil, however, the book recommends.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is known to kill scabies mites, and it prevents their ability to grow and breed. Neem also numbs pain and relieves itching, making it perfect to treat scabies symptoms as well.

A study conducted in India evaluated 814 patients with scabies who used a paste made from neem oil and turmeric for treatment. A cure was obtained within three to 15 days in 97 percent of the cases - plus, no toxic or adverse reactions were observed. Researchers claim that this is a safe and effective alternative that is also cheap and easily available, which can be especially important when treating villagers or communities in developing countries.

Clove Oil

Clove oil has analgesic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to dry up scabies blisters and rashes.

A 2010 study tested clove oil's ability to treat scabies mites harvested from pigs and rabbits. Results of bioassays showed that clove oil was highly toxic against scabies mites, killing mites within an hour of contact. A major component of clove oil, called eugenol, demonstrated levels of toxicity comparable to benzyl benzoate. Combine 10 drops of clove oil with one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of coconut oil for skin relief. Rub it onto the area of concern twice daily.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil uses and benefits include the potential power to stop the infestation of scabies. Rosemary oil also decreases pain and prevents the development of secondary infections. A study conducted at Northeast Forestry University in China found that when combined, rosemary and clove possess significant antimicrobial activity.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil fights scabies mites and parasites when applied topically. It contains terpenoids, which are antimicrobial constituents that are able to heal scabies on top of and beneath the skin.

A study published in Archives of Dermatology found that tea tree oil, with the main active component being oxygenated terpenoids, has a potential role as a new topical treatment for scabies. The tea tree oil treatment was highly effective in reducing mite survival times when tested on a 20-year-old woman with crusted scabies. Within three hours of collection, the scabies mites were placed in continuous direct contact with the tea tree oil product, and they began to die within five minutes.

An article published in Future Microbiology even suggests that tea tree oil may serve as an alternative therapeutic option, which is needed now more than ever because of emerging drug and resistance to oral ivermectin and permethrin, and the raise of concern regarding the future control of scabies, especially in severe cases and endemic areas where repeated community treatment programs are in place.
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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Mar 28, 2019
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