Scabies Home Remedies

People are interested in scabies home remedies for many different reasons. Many home remedies scabies sufferers try are safer than the drugs doctors often prescribe for the condition. People also like the idea of using scabies home remedies because they prefer to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office and the expense of prescription medications.

At the same time, they want a treatment for scabies that really works. Scabies is a condition caused by tiny mites that tunnel beneath the skin and people with the condition want to kill the mites as quickly as possible.

Home remedies won’t keep you from getting scabies. The only way to prevent scabies is to avoid physical contact with people that have the condition. Unfortunately, symptoms don’t always show up right away so people can pass scabies on to you before they even realize they have the condition.

If you find out you’ve had physical contact with someone that has scabies, or if you’ve shared towels or bedding with someone that has the condition, doctors usually recommend that you seek treatment for scabies even if you don’t have any symptoms. Remember, symptoms don’t always show up right away. To prevent the development of scabies, you should go ahead and get treatment.

Merriam-Webster defines a home remedy as a simply prepared medication of unproven effectiveness administered without a prescription or professional supervision. Now, if you have scabies, you might prefer to get treatment without needing a prescription but you definitely don’t want something of unproven effectiveness. You want to know your treatment is going to work.

Prescription medications for scabies usually work but sometimes they don’t. Doctors usually prescribe a medicated skin cream for scabies first and then prescribe an oral medication if the skin cream doesn’t do the job. Oral medication usually kills the scabies mites but it can have any number of unwanted side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, dizziness, fainting and seizures. You can see why some people prefer to try home remedies scabies might respond to.

While home remedies may relieve some kinds of rashes, they generally won’t kill the mites that cause scabies. There are some home remedies scabies symptoms respond to, though. One of the most difficult symptoms to deal with is the intense itching, which usually gets worse at night. Soaking in a cool bath before bed can help. Some people find it helps to add baking soda to the bath water.

You may be wondering what you can do if you want to avoid prescription medications for scabies but there are no home remedies scabies mites are killed by. Fortunately, there is an alternative to prescription medications and scabies home remedies. Natural treatments for scabies differ from the home remedies scabies sufferers sometimes try because they are not as simple as home remedies and because they are not of unproven effectiveness. Some natural treatments have been proven effective. Yet they are still available over the counter and do not require a visit to a doctor.

See a doctor if your symptoms don’t respond to non-prescription treatments for scabies. Let your doctor know if you tried any scabies home remedies or other treatments for your condition.

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