BEWARE home remedies for scabies !!

Scabies are microscopic body mites that burrow into human skin causing both bites and severe itching – particularly at night. These anthropoid insects (related to spiders) also cause an allergic reaction that triggers skin tenderness and an hive-like rash and welts that mimic other skin disorders, like shingles.

Ordinary rashes go away by themselves, but not scabies: the infestation of tiny mites will continue to worsen for a long time, hence its old nickname, the seven-year-itch.

BEWARE! Many internet sites irresponsibly hawk a lot of “holistic remedies” and “natural treatments” that supposedly cure scabies.  Be forewarned, these gimmicky over-the-counter solutions do not work!

  • aloe vera gel
  • anise seed oil
  • balsam
  • bleach baths
  • calamine lotion
  • camphor
  • cayenne pepper
  • clove oil
  • coconut oil
  • colloidal metals
  • evening primrose oil
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • karanja
  • lavender oil
  • menthol
  • nail polish
  • neem oil/leaves
  • rosemary oil
  • rubbing alcohol
  • sulphur soap
  • tea tree oil
  • tiger balm
  • turmeric
  • vinegar
  • zinc

Some of these suggested remedies are based on old wives tales and folklore, and others may come from anecdotal reports appearing in obscure “research journals” that claim some instances when some of these substances may have worked. Such unreliable journal claims are easily faked when sponsored by unscrupulous wholesalers seeking to boost market demand for their ‘cure’ products.

Some reports of alleged “success” may come from people who didn’t really have scabies at all – or from those who reported a “cure” prematurely without returning back later to admit they were wrong. Behind many of these remedy list sites are “natural” fanatics who repeat this bunk because they are religiously convinced that “chemical” treatments are bad.

After many weeks of itchy pain, I finally figured out that my rash was caused by scabies, but then, not knowing any better, I wasted another entire week or more attempting to cure it with these worthless home remedies – with no success. It was a pathetic situation.

Learn from my mistake: Don’t mess around with scabies, it is a serious insect infestation inside your skin and it requires a serious treatment regimen with real insecticides. Don’t play games with your health: serious problems require serious solutions!

After I got serious:

If you don’t want to go visit a doctor to obtain a prescription, you can quickly get the safe and mild insecticide called “permethrin” at a pet store in the form of a flea and tick treatment for dogs. Mix that ointment with a oil based hand lotion to dilute it down to 10% strength and then apply it to your entire body. You’ll begin to experience immediate huge relief as most of the lice die off right away.

ONGOING-UPDATE: Well, after a month of repeated treatments with diluted permethrin based flea & tick lotions everything finally went away, and I stopped. Unfortunately I think at then end a couple deeply buried eggs and maybe a hardy female remained alive. I stopped and those eggs hatched and scurried about as larva for a few days, and then over that week they grew to adults, and then re-buried themselves. That’s when I broke out in hives and rash again due to allergic reaction.  So a re-infestation occurred during that week when I did nothing because I thought I was cured. Lesson: continue the treatment for 1 week more even after you think you are cured.

Attacking them this time with simple permethrin hasn’t work quite as effectively as before. I think that’s because only the most permethrin-resistant eggs survived, and now the colony inherited that attribute. It’s probably killing the larva that emerge, but not the females in the nests who are still going strong, causing allergies and night-time itchiness. I’m going to hit it with a more expensive flea & tick treatment – imidacloprid and moxidectim – and see how that works out.

FINAL-UPDATE: Imidacloprid is the answer! Apparently it’s works by mimicking nicotine – the natural pesticide found in Tobacco plants. Mix it down to low concentration with body lotion and rub all over to kill the bugs. Do that about every 3 or 4 days for a week or so and the problem will then be isolated to the few remaining pimple-like mother-nests. Then daily dab those red spots with drops of imidacloprid to kill the eggs under the surface and any larva that emerge at that spot. Unlike the oily pesticides that don’t penetrate down into the skin, imidacloprid is more water-soluble and reaches into their burrows and really works. Keep this spot dabbing up daily for a month and the plague will finally be over. But beware any new pimples that show up in the next month because even 1 egg that survives could emerge, mature, and dig down again, and you’ll see a new red spot. Hit that last pimple – if it shows up – and that’s the end of that.

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DISCLAIMER: This blog-post recounts personal experiences that may not apply to others. The information does not come from a licensed physician, has not been approved by the government, and does not constitute medical advice, or instructions to cure any disease. For “authentic” medical advice talk to your doctor.


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