How to Treat Scabies

People often ask us how to treat scabies without resorting to prescription medications with all their potential side effects. They are interested in a natural scabies treatment plan.

When learning about how to treat scabies, it helps to have an understanding of the cause of the condition. Scabies is caused by very tiny mites that burrow underneath the skin. The females lay eggs beneath the skin and soon there are many, many mites living there. You can usually see tiny, thread-like red lines on the skin where the mites are burrowing. People typically experience an allergic reaction to the mites, their eggs and their feces and that’s what causes the intense itching.

It’s important to use a scabies treatment that actually kills all the mites and eggs. A treatment that just relieves the itching isn’t enough because the mites will just continue to multiply, the condition will spread to other areas of your body and you will continue to be contagious.

In addition to learning how to treat scabies, people want to know how to prevent scabies. The best way is to keep your distance from anyone that has scabies. Unfortunately, it can be hard to prevent the condition because people often don’t have any symptoms for the first few days they have the condition. If you find out someone you are close to has scabies, you should go ahead and get treatment even if you don’t currently have any symptoms, just to be safe.

If you or anyone in your household has scabies, you should wash all bed linens and towels in addition to getting treatment. Wash any clothing the infected person has worn, too. This helps prevent the condition from spreading to other members of the household.

You should know that anyone can get scabies. Bathing regularly and keeping a clean house won’t prevent the condition. All it takes is contact with someone that has the condition.

If you have scabies, you cannot get rid of the mites simply by bathing because the mites are not on your skin, they are actually beneath your skin. Doctors typically prescribe a medicated cream to be applied to the entire body. The medication penetrates the skin and kills the mites. In particularly severe cases, doctors may prescribe some oral medication to treat the condition.

Many people want to know how to treat scabies without prescription medication. They may worry about the potential side effects of prescription medications used for scabies treatment. The medicated creams may actually cause increased skin irritation and itching and some of them are not considered safe for young children, pregnant women or anyone with a suppressed immune system. The pills that are sometimes used have even more side effects, like headaches, nausea, muscle pain and even seizures.

See a doctor if you need to in order to confirm that your condition is caused by scabies. Doctors can take a small scraping of your skin and examine it to confirm the diagnosis. If you try a natural scabies treatment but continue to have symptoms, you should see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if you think you’ve developed an infection from scratching your scabies rash too much. Ask your doctor about how to treat scabies naturally if you’re concerned about the possible side effects of prescription medications.

Additional Reading:
For more information on how to kill scabies, the different types of scabies or how do you get scabies, follow the links.  We also have additional pages on how scabies look on humans which includes more than one scabies rash picture.  If your considering using a scabies home treatment on your scabies bites, be sure to read our review of scabies home remedies.  Follow this link for further information on how can scabies be caught and how is it treated.

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