One of the most bothersome skin conditions is a persistent red rash that's either itchy or painful. When this rash characterizes scabies, or better known as the seven-year itch, then you know you have a serious condition needing urgent intervention. Unknown to many people, there are actually a number of home remedies for this infection, and this article shall therefore take a look at some of them.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known to cure scabies in three ways. First, it balances the skin pH by making it slightly acidic, thereby making the environment inhospitable for scabies parasite. It also contains terpinen-4-ol which attacks and eliminates this parasite directly. Lastly, it has anti-microbial properties which shield the affected areas from secondary infection.
Application - Tea tree oil is applied by adding about 12 drops to a bath tub of lukewarm water and soaking yourself in it for about 15 minutes twice a day. It can also be applied directly to the affected area by mixing it with olive oil in equal ratio and applying using a cotton ball.
Aloe veraAloe vera fights scabies by soothing the itchy inflammations as well as protecting the skin from secondary infection.
Application - It can be applied in either of the following ways; the gel obtained from scraping its leaves can be applied directly to the affected area, let to stand for 30 minutes before washing with warm water. This procedure should be repeated at least three times a day. The other means is by applying a paste of aloe vera, turmeric powder and calendula petals directly to the affected area and let to dry naturally before rinsing with lukewarm water.
White vinegarSince skin acidity reduces the potential of the scabies-causing parasite, white vinegar is considered a remedy due to the fact that it contains acetic acid which serves that purpose.
Application-An equal mixture with water is applied directly to the affected area using a cotton ball and let to stand for about 5 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. The procedure should be repeated at least 3 times a day.
Lavender oilThis oil fights scabies by enhancing skin regeneration which allows the skin to shed off the infected cells.
Application - Lavender oil can be applied in either of the following methods; an equal mixture with olive oil can be applied directly to the affected area. It can also be mixed with rubbing alcohol and applied to the affected area, as the alcohol's astringent properties will make the area even more inhospitable for the parasites. Lastly, lavender oil can still be applied by adding 5 drops of it in a bath tub and soaking oneself in it for about 15 minutes.
Bitter gourdBitter gourd contains vitamins B & C, and minerals such as manganese, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and folate which both have antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties. It normally fights scabies by healing the wounds from inside.
Application - The juice obtained by squeezing it in the blender is added to lemon juice and drank for about a week.
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