Scabies is a contagious skin disease that can occur in people of all age groups. It is an infection caused by the parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Severe itching and inflamed skin are the major symptoms of this condition. The itching specifically worsens during the night. These mites live on the burrows formed on the crests of the skin, like on the stomach, wrists, thighs, etc. One of the prominent reasons for concern about this skin disorder is that it is highly contagious. It can be transmitted from one person to the other by close physical contact. Therefore, it is essential to get it treated as soon as possible. There are several natural remedies for treating scabies.
Natural Scabies Treatment
Scabies leads to inflammation, forming of red bumps on skin, itching, etc., which can cause a lot of discomfort. As the skin disease is highly contagious, one should look for immediate treatment. It should also be noted that this skin disease does not get away on its own, and hence, a proper and quick treatment is required. Similar to other skin diseases, there are several medications available that help in getting rid of the inflammation. Prescription medications like permethrin, ivermectin, antihistamines, and steroid creams are used to treat scabies. These are strong and effective enough to get rid of the itching and inflammation in adults and children. However, if you are looking for natural scabies treatment, then you can consider using tea tree oil.
Treating Scabies with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used to treat wounds, bruises, and inflammation since ancient times. The oil is prepared by distillation of the leaves of a tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil is used due to its naturally antiseptic properties and is used as a germicide. It is also a popular scabies remedy and is used in several parts of the world.
- You can use it by adding it to bathing water. You should add 15-20 drops of the oil in the bathtub (warm) and have a bath.
- Dip cotton in tea tree oil and apply it directly to the affected areas.
- You can apply tea tree lotion directly to the affected area or even put a few drops of oil on the affected area
You should take a bath using the oil as long as you suffer from the infections. It is also recommended for all family members or close friends to take a bath using the tea tree oil to avoid getting infected by the mite (remember scabies is contagious, and hence, there are high chances for family members contracting it). Tea tree oil is available in several stores or you can inquire with the chemists. You should look for genuine oil to gain maximum benefits from it.
* It should be noted that this oil should never be taken internally as it is meant for external purposes only.
You can continue treatment as long as the itching and symptoms persist (2-3 weeks). However, if you do not observe any noticeable improvement after 7-8 days, it is wise to consult the doctor and look for other treatment options. Take care!
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.