Treatment of scabies hinge on effective cleansing remedies that eliminate the mite that causes the condition. Many natural cleansing products offer relief from the condition. Effective moisturization is also important to prevent extensive damage to the skin.
What is Scabies?
Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by a small mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. The mite burrows into the skin, which leads to intense itching in the affected area. The most common symptoms of the condition include itching that is typically most severe at night and thin, irregular burrow tracks or lines of blisters on the skin. The burrows are typically found in the folds of the skin and are most common between the fingers, in the armpits, around the waist, along the wrists, at the inner elbow, on the soles of the feet, around the breasts and genital area, on the buttocks, knees and shoulder blades.
Natural Remedies for Scabies
Treating scabies hinges on eradicating the mites or insects that cause the condition. Effective hygienic measures are important for completely eliminating the condition and preventing reoccurrence of the condition. Borax, hydrogen peroxide and bleach are all effective treatments, but skin moisturization measures must also be taken to prevent damage to the skin.
Borax is a common household cleaner made of a natural mineral. The compound is a natural insecticide and fungicide. For effective treatment, an individual should soak in a bath of borax, hydrogen peroxide and water.
A safe antibacterial agent, hydrogen peroxide is composed of oxygen and water. When applied to the affected area, hydrogen peroxide oxidizes and kills the infectious organisms as well as any other infection. To enhance the products efficacy, hydrogen peroxide can be paired with borax in a bath and used as a soak for the affected skin.
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Chlorine is an effective disinfectant. The compound is comprised of sodium hypochlorite which disinfects and purifies. Bleach should be watered down or used in a bath treatment for best results.
Scabies is a condition of the skin that is very itchy. The condition is caused by a burrowing mite and is highly contagious. Eliminating the mite and any viable eggs on or in the skin is the focus of treatment, which can be effectively achieved using a number of different natural treatments.
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