Scabies is a skin disease, caused by itch mites. One of the ways this disease is transmitted is sexual intercourse, thus it is referred by some specialists as an STD. In the countries of the Ancient East, about 4 thousand years ago, this disease was already known, which was caused by one of the skin parasites – an itch mite or human mange mite (sarcoptes scabiei). Itch mite is a tick of microscopic size; it is capable of penetrating human skin and forming colonies under it, feeding on skin fibers. It penetrates the thinnest and most tender skin areas, those that are easily traumatized. The infection penetration spots are usually the thin strip of skin between the fingers, armpits, mammary glands, and face. It is always associated with itching, which emerges as a result of the tick’s presence in the body. The itching may increase or decrease, depending on the activity of the mite underneath the skin.
Scabies, as many other skin diseases, may serve as a sign of other infections present in the body. And there is a logical explanation to it – the body affected by one infection is not able to protect itself from other infections as it is busy fighting the first one.
Dermatologist should be the first doctor one needs to address in case of infection. But what if one is not available? What home remedies for scabies are available? To be honest, it’s not that hard to treat scabies. In fact there is a wide range of home remedies for scabies. Nowadays there are quite a few medicines produced to fight this disease. Before the one infected begins to administer any treatment, he needs to take a hot shower with a sponge and a soap (that’s a must). Why is it a necessary procedure for home remedies for scabies? It needs to be done to remove any mites from the skin surface. Another advantage is that the medicine used will be much more efficient after this hygienic procedure. The shower is out of the question only in case of emergence of vesicles on the skin surface (pyodermatosis). Another great advice to adhere to, when it comes to home remedies for scabies, has to do with boiling and thorough ironing of underwear and bedclothes.
If any general antiparasitic gels or creams are available at home, they then may be used. Antiparasitic or anti-itch gels must be applied and massaged all over into the skin surface with the exception of head, and especially around the nidi. In the course of treatment washing is prohibited. Every time after hands are washed, the gel must be applied and massaged into again. The most effective means of home remedies for scabies are benzyl benzoate and sulfur ointments. Some other anti-itch methods that are used in home environment are goudron, kerosene (in its pure form or half and half with vegetable oil), gasoline, black oil, and petroleum.
The itching may continue for a few weeks even after a thorough scabies treatment; it is a side effect of the medicine administered.
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