While to treat any health issue, nothing can be more effective than the medications prescribed by the medical specialist after diagnosing your disease, there are myriads of natural remedies that sometimes fit best to ease your ailment. When it comes to scabies, baking soda is one such home remedy that can help soothe itching and infection in the victim.
Let’s know more about scabies, basic treatments, baking soda and other alternative treatments.
Scabies is a contagious skin infestation caused by a microscopic parasite called scabies mite. When a person contracts scabies infestation, the female mite digs under the skin and create burrows to lays her eggs. This “tunneling” of the mite triggers itching in the patient, which gets severe at night. The itching gives the initial appearance of “flea bites” or tiny scratch marks on the skin. Further, the affected area can become infected if the skin is scratched open.
How is Scabies Transmitted?
Scabies is considered as STD and is passed from person to person through close contact, sexual activities with an affected person. Even it can be transmitted by sharing personal items such as clothing or bedding that have live scabies mites still living in them.
What is the Treatment for Scabies?
If you suspect that you or any of your family members have been infected, consult your family physician immediately. Your doctor will carry out certain tests to diagnose whether the symptoms are of scabies or not. The physician will then prescribe a cream or lotion to be applied that will kill the mites. Keep in mind that since the mites are highly spreadable, and can live outside the host on clothing and bedding for several days, your entire family, even without symptoms, needs treatment at the same time to protect from re-infection and further spread of the illness.
Baking Soda and Scabies
Many people prefer using alternative remedies to treat their scabies and Baking soda is one such remedy. A paste made out of mixing baking soda and little water can be applied on skin. Alternatively, adding some baking soda in the water and taking bath with it can also be effective. However, applying baking soda can make you feel itchy but only where there is live scabies. This remedy will make dead skin bubble up that can be scrubbed off gently.
Other Allies are:
Neem seed oil – Applying neem oil over the affected area can help relieve itch and causes scabies to be unable to reproduce. Clove oil and tree tea also works really well for killing mites. One thing to remember about clove oil, neem oil is that these can be too strong for sensitive skin. Using them in limit is significant.
Windex spray bottle – Using it gives immediate relief in itching and soreness. Rinse off after a few minutes.
Acetone – Acetone helps bring scabies up to surface of skin and shows the tunnel patterns. It also helps to kill the mites if used often enough. DO NOT use a lot over body at once. And diabetic patients should avoid using it as it gets converted to sugar in body.
Apple cider vinegar – It helps loosen the scabies mites on skin before scrubbing off the salicylic soap. Avoid using regularly.
Aloe Vera – Applying aloe Vera gel on the affected area can ease the itching leaving you with cooling effect. It can be applied twice a day.