Some skin conditions are triggered by microscopic mite, including scabies. This is a skin condition caused by mite called as human itch mite—or Sarcoptes scabiei. You get scabies if this mite gets into the top layer of your skin to live and feed your blood. How your skin reacts to this infesting mite determines how severe the breakout will be. Rashes, which are extremely itchy develop as a response to this infestation.
Scabies causes restless itch. Constant starching of the affected area may cause tear of the skin and to be worse, this condition is easily transmitted from one sick person to healthy ones. Therefore, treating it as soon as possible is crucial. To perform this initial treatment, you can opt to natural remedies you can easily find at home.
Best home remedies for scabies
1. Cayenne pepper
Also known as red pepper or capsicum, this bright crimson colored culinary ingredient is surprisingly an effective home remedy for scabies. The “fire” taste of cayenne peppers is not only useful for cooking purpose, but also beneficial for improving itching from scabies outbreak. This heat, in fact, is not only beneficial for improving scabies, but also some other skin conditions including psoriasis. A compound contained by the fruit called capsaicin holds a role in resulting this advantageous heat.
Application of capsaicin onto scabies-affected skin area brings relief, provides soothing effects, and improves itching triggered by scabies. When using cayenne pepper as a natural remedy for scabies, topical application is the best method to opt to. To do this, you can add one cup of cayenne pepper powder into hot bathwater and wait until it gets cold. Afterwards, rinse your affected area with the solution, making sure it does not get into the eyes. If you prefer to use the ingredient as a topical ointment, make a paste from water and cayenne pepper powder and apply it onto the scabies.
2. Clove oil
Clove oil is one the richest source of antioxidants, which is beneficial for skin with scabies outbreak. This oil is also a potent anesthetic and antiseptic agent. Its anesthetic property helps give your affected skin soothing sensation and thus, relieves the severe itching. It also helps numb the nerve tissues, making it less sensitive so that the itching sensation is reduced. In addition, its antiseptic property helps inhibiting the infesting mite, so that further breakout can be prevented.
3. Rosemary oil
Quite similar to clove oil, rosemary oil is another effective treatment for scabies. It decreases pain and itching due to scabies, stops scabies infestation, and prevents the developments of secondary infections. This oil can be combined with clove oil to form potent antimicrobial agent that helps boosting scabies healing. Rosemary oil can also be applied with carrier oils, such as olive or coconut oil, which are also potent antibacterial agents.
4. Tea tree oil
Widely known as one of the main ingredients for anti-acne products, tea tree is researched as an effective choice of treatment for scabies. It contains a compound called terpenoids, the antimicrobial constituents beneficial for scabies elimination. Tea tree oil is proven to reduce mite survival times in a woman with crusted scabies, according to Archives of Dermatology. This natural oil should be applied topically and diluted with water before each application. Stinging sensation may occur after the application until the itching eventually subsides. You can also add some drops of tea tree oil to your warm bath water to reduce the itching.
5. Tiger balm
The best treatment that you probably need during the outbreak of itching-induced skin diseases is remedies that give soothing effect and help reducing caused pain. With scabies, tiger balm is one of those treatments. This balm may not kill the infesting scabies, but it will provide some relief to the affected skin area. Thus, this can be one of your initial treatments before getting some prescribed medications. Despite this, you need to apply the treatment with cautions. Do not apply tiger balm if your affected skin is torn due to the scratching. This will not reduce the pain and eliminate scabies infestation. Instead, this will cause worse inflammation that may lead to further infections.