What Is Scabies?
Scabies is a type of infection caused by small mites that burrow into the top layer of skin to lay their eggs. This can result is a bumpy sort of rash.
Scabies are contagious and are usually spread through contact with other people who already have scabies, or contact with that person’s clothes or bed sheets.
If you or your child has scabies you need to go to the doctor to get cream to kill the mites without harming the person. However, there are home remedies to help to reduce the symptoms of scabies.
10 Natural Home Remedies For Scabies
#1. Don’t Share
If you have scabies, or if you know someone who has scabies, don’t share anything with them. This includes food, eating utensils, clothing, and toys. Children are the primary victims of scabies, so if your child has it, you should take them out of school. Teenagers can also get scabies, so tell them to refrain from kissing or hugging their significant other until their scabies are cleared up.
If you find out that you have scabies or that you have been in contact with someone who has scabies, you should wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap. You should also make sure to take plenty of hot showers. Changing your clothes every day is a good home remedy.
#3. Hot Wash
Mites can live for days and even weeks after infecting a human. They can live in old laundry and in bed sheets. The easiest and one of the most effective natural remedies to kill these mites and get them off the cloth is to wash the cloth at a high temperature. The ‘hot’ setting on a washing machine should be able to do the trick. Wear rubber gloves when handling these dirty cloth items.
#4. Bed Rest
As with any illness, it is good to get some bed rest after you have gotten scabies. Stay home from school or work and get some rest. Take a nap, treat your itch, and take a warm bath. This way you can give your body an easier time trying to heal you, and you can prevent other people from becoming infected, as scabies is extremely contagious.
#5. Popping Blisters
You should not pop your blisters unless they become very large and painful, if they do, then follow these tips to pop them safely. Dip a needle in rubbing alcohol to sterilize it. Then, make one poke at an end of the blister. Press down on the blister gently so that it can drain. Stay away from other people as you do this, as what comes out of the blister could still be contagious.
#6. General Blister Tips
Once your blister is drained, rinse the area with warm soapy water. Do not try to sterilize the area with rubbing alcohol or anything. Unless the skin on your blister is dirty, do not tear it off; let it lay loosely over your popped blister. Put on some sort of antibacterial ointment on the skin over the blister, and then cover the area with a clean and dry bandage. Replace this bandage at least once a day.
#7. Cold Compress
A cold compress can help to ease the pain from blisters and reduce the itching from the rash that scabies usually come with. Applying a cold pack, ice, or even a cool towel near the rash or blisters can help. However, do not put ice or cold packs directly on your skin.
#8. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is another natural remedy that can also help to soothe the symptoms of scabies. You can get this gel in a bottle from the store or directly from the aloe vera plant. Either way, rub this gel on your rash and blisters. This should help to stop the itching and ease some of the pain.
#9. Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal baths are one of the most extremely helpful natural home remedies whenever you have some sort of skin ailment. Fill your bathtub with warm water and then mix in a few tablespoons of uncooked oatmeal. This bath should help to reduce your itching. Sit in this bath for at least fifteen minutes to feel a little better.
Honey is another natural home remedy that can be used to reduce itching. However, it can be sticky, so it’s really up to you whether or not you want to try it or not. If you do want to try it then all you have to do is rub honey wherever it itches. The more natural the honey is, the better it will work to soothe your itch.
Hopefully these natural remedies can help with your scabies.