What is Scabies?

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This is a common skin disease caused by a parasitic mite. It lives just below the surface of the human skin, feeding on blood, and benefiting from the warmth of the skin to survive. If dropped from the body, the mite dies within 48 hours.

The female mite lays eggs beneath the skin, which, in a few days, develop into young mites. These cause symptoms of the disease that include: intense itching (particularly at night); appearance of small, red bumps, blisters, or rash.

Areas of body affected include wrists, webs and sides of fingers, elbows, armpits, stomach, waist, genitals, chest, and buttocks.

Signs & Symptoms of Scabies

Scabies is characterized by severe itching. It tends to be more marked in the night or after a hot bath. This is due to increased activity of the parasite because of the greater warmth generated in the body.

The common sites for the disease is the genital areas, the spaces between the fingers. In infants burrows are often present on the palms and soles. They may also be present on the trunk.

The burrow by the itch mite appears as fine, wavy, dark line, if it can be seen at all. Infected individuals with good personal hygiene, usually have few lesions and burrows may be difficult to identify.

These mites should be suspected when the child is affected by intense itching in the body areas mentioned above.

What Causes Scabies?

Scabies is a skin infection, popularly known as itch. Scabies is a parasitic infection of the skin caused by a transmissible parasite, a mite - the female sarcoptis scabei.

It is a contagious disease and is more common among people who live in crowded places under unhygienic conditions. The incidence of scabies is highest in children under the age of 15 years.

Scabies spread from person to person via direct physical (skin) contact (especially when the contact prevails for several minutes). Scabie mites simply jump from one person to another when they are in contact.

Scabie mites may also spread through clothing and bedding when they are used immediately by one person after another who had scabies. Usually, scabies prevails more commonly in nursing homes, institutions, and child-care centers.

The female itch - mite, measuring 0.4 mm, burrows under the outer layer of the skin and deposits her eggs along the tunnel, within a few days, the larvae hatch and then tend to congregate around the hair follicles as it emerges from the skin.

The body reacts to this parasite by causing a localised hypersensitivity reaction, which then results in intense itching, causing further spread and secondary superimposed infection by other microbes. The scabies is transmitted from person to person by close body contact, particularly among family members.

Those who spend nights with friends or exchange clothing with other are at increased risk. The scabies look like by fine waxy lines or burrows on the sides of the fingers, in the webs of the finger/toes, inner sides of the wrists, elbow, armpits, knees, groin area and the areola of the breast. Once secondary infection occurs, it is more difficult to pinpoint it as scabies.

When to seek Medical Advice:

Scabies is commonly treated through medicated lotions that contain chemicals like lindane, permethrin, pyrethrin or crotamiton. These medications are available upon doctor's prescription only and must be used after reading the instructions carefully.

To effectively kill the mites, the lotion needs to be rubbed thoroughly into the skin of the entire body, starting from down the chin and right up to the toe. When applying to toddlers and young babies, the lotion should be rubbed in the scalp as well because scabies also infests the head region in children.

As soon as one person of the family is diagnosed with scabies, he or she should be prevented from making physical contact with other members of the family. Scabies spread rapidly so if the symptoms have not yet appeared in other family members, they still should undergo clinical examination.

It is important to remember that home remedies should not be used to treat the disease, and neither should steroids or other creams be used unless prescribed by a physician.

To prevent the infestation with scabies, kids with this disease should not be allowed to attend school or play with other kids. Adults should limit their physical contacts as soon as they are diagnosed with scabies. Rugs and furniture should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner and the dirt should be disposed carefully.

Clothing, bed linens, towels etc. should be washed and dried in a clean place for several days to kill all the mites.


Scabies are small lesions that are caused by small bed bugs or mites that bite and burrow into the skin. Most often these small bites do not become infected, however, in those with compromised immune systems, the likelihood of infection increases.

• Neem – The oil from this tree has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is used topically. Apply to the skin on effected areas, and do not take internally.

• Tea Tree Oil – This oil helps fight against parasites, a cause of scabies. Mix 1 part tea tree oil with 5 parts vegetable oil and apply to the skin before bedtime. Do not take internally.

• Clove – Essential oil of clove has analgesic properties and is an anti-inflammatory. It also helps protect against bacterial infections, which can make scabies worse. Used topically, mix clove oil with vegetable oil and apply to the skin. Use with caution. Apply to a small area first to make sure that it does not irritate the skin.

• Tansy – The herb tansy has long been used to keep insects away and works well in protecting against mites. To use, make a strong tea using dried herbs. Strain the liquid and let cool. Apply the cooled wash to the skin before bedtime.

As the disease is contagious, the suffering patient and all the affected members of the family should be treated simultaneously. The oldest and most effective of treatments is the application of a paste, prepared by mixing two teaspoons of sublimed sulphur with eight tablespoon of the coconut oil.

The whole body should be soaked for 20 minutes in a warm bath using plenty of soap. Particular attention should be paid to the itching areas, scrubbing them thoroughly.

After bath sulphur paste, should be rubbed well over the entire skin surface, below the chin line, but particularly over the involved areas.

This should be done for 3 successive nights, wearing the same under clothing during this period. About 10 or 12 hours the last application, a hot soap bath should be taken and a clean under clothing and outside clothing should be worn.

All clothes next to the skin, bed sheet, pillow covers should be boiled in hot water. This treatment helps to get rid of scabies.

Self Care strategies for Living with Scabies

Neem Leaf Paste is the Best Home Remedies for Scabies Treatment.

The best home remedy for scabies is neem leaf paste made with fresh or dried neem leaves and an equal quantity of turmeric powder mixed with mustard oil. This should be applied on the body and left for an hour or so. Then the person should bath. Repeat for 7- 10 days till all lesions have healed.

The clothes should be washed and rinsed out after the have been soaked in boiled neem water. Simultaneously, the patient should be made to drink a tablespoon of neem leaf or neem bark decoction.

Mustard oil may be an irritant for some skins, so do not lave it on for very long. This is the best home remedy for scabies treatment.

Cure The Scabies With Dried Bark of Peepul Tree.

The dried bark of a peepul tree can be powdered fine, strained through a fine sieve and used as a dusting powder on scabiotic lesions. Helps to cure the scabies or get rid of scabies.

Scabies Treatment By Drumstick Leaves And Sesame Seed Oil.

Extract the juice from 400 - 500 gm of drumstick leaves. Mix with an equal amount of sesame seed oil, and boil till the water dries up. Cool and store. Apply daily over the infected parts. Both have a strong anti microbial action and sesame seed oil is also insecticidal Helps for scabies cure.

Apricot Leaves Cure The Scabies.

The use of apricot leaves is one such valuable home remedy. Fresh juice of these leaves should be extracted and applied with beneficial results in the treatment of scabies.

The above home remedy for scabies are natural and best to get rid of scabies. During the period of treatment, the child should be given light foods, preferably fresh juicy fruits such as orange, apple, pineapple, pear, peaches and melon. This juices will helps to cure the scabies and to get rid of the disease quickly.

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