Scabies is a kind of infection caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These tiny mites penetrate and infest on the outer skin. These mites burrow hole onto the skin and layer and lay eggs. This causes immense itching and irritation due to rashes for the individual. To manage this condition, you must use neem oil for scabies. This potent natural remedy not only soothes your discomfort but also helps you get rid of the ailment altogether.
Symptoms of Scabies
There are a few common symptoms through which one can identify the condition of scabies.
- A pimple-like rashes
- Scales or blisters
- Very intense itching especially during night time
- Causes of sores caused due to scratching
People can get confused scabies with any other disease or condition based on the itching since the scabies rashes look very similar to mosquito bites or acne. The only significant difference here would be the constant itch. There is intense itching especially in children and the elderly.
Risk factors for scabies
Some of the familiar places which are susceptible to scabies are: –
- Bends at the wrist
- Bends at knees
- Folds in thighs
- Folds in genitals
- Between the fingers and toes
- Under fingernails
What is Neem oil?
Neem oil is an ancient remedy very commonly used by people. Irrespective of the modern age neem still holds the same essence and importance even today. The neem oil is extracted from the seed of the tropical neem tree.
Neem oil is available in different colours like dark-brown, golden-brown, stark red, and yellow-brown. Neem oil has properties that help reduce high blood pressure sugar levels, help heal ulcers especially in the digestive tract, and also help kill bacteria.
Why use Neem oil for Scabies
This oil has amazing antifungal, antiseptic and antipyretic properties. Neem oil is specially extracted by crushing the kernels of neem seeds. Cold-pressed neem oil is considered the purest form of oil since it does not have any added artificial or synthetic fillers and preservatives. It is known to have a variety of benefits which are as follows;
- Prevent skin ageing
- Heals and moisturises all skin types
- Helps treat acne
- Prevents and treats scars
- Effective antifungal agents
- Treats fungal infestations
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How to use neem oil for scabies
Neem oil(1) is beneficial to treat scabies since it has properties that will help prevent the reproduction of scabies mites and also affects the feed of the parasites. One way to use Neem oil is to apply drops of neem oil in warm water and then take a bath using the same. It has fantastic antibacterial properties which will ultimately kill the bacteria on the skin.
However, using neem oil for scabies does not kill the mites directly but instead interferes with the breeding and reproduction process of the mites. To treat scabies neem oil has to use regularly. It will not only deal with scabies mites but will also soothe the skin giving relief from itching.
It also helps with inflammation of skin and healing cracked skin by providing required moisture. There are many products that have neem as an essential ingredient, owing to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
How to apply neem oil for scabies?
There are many ways to use neem oil for scabies:
- Neem oil in the bath
- Neem oil and coconut oil
- Neem oil and Aloe Vera
- Neem oil and turmeric
- Direct application of neem oil
- Neem oil soap
One best way to use neem oil is a direct topical application onto the affected areas. Dabbing a cloth with neem oil and then apply it directly to the affected areas. Let it sit on for half an hour. However, follow this routine at least twice a day until the infection is gone.
Precautions to be taken while using neem oil for scabies
Special care has to be taken before using neem oil for children. There could be severe side effects in children and infants due to the oil being highly potent and can lead to outcomes like vomiting, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, coma, brain disorders and much more.
Moreover, pregnant women and women breastfeeding neem oil are considered unsafe. People with conditions like diabetes, infertility, or organ transplant should avoid using neem oil or simple consult a health expert before doing the same.
Neem oil should be stored in a cold and dry place or preferably in a refrigerator. Before buying neem, oil one must consider the expiry date. Always opt for neem oil from authentic brands and especially organic neem oil. Make sure to read the label carefully before buying the neem oil. Make sure the oil is contaminated with chemicals. Always avoid neem oil with a lower content of azadirachtin which is a pain component that will help fight against scabies smites.
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Home remedies for scabies
- Take ten drops of tea tree oil and any other carrier oil of your choice (e.g. coconut, sesame, olive oil etc.). Mix both the oils well and apply to the affected areas. Repeat this for at least two times a day. Tea tree oil helps kill scabies mites. However, using the pure, potent oil can cause burns; hence it is advisable to mix with any preferred carrier oil which will help tea tree oil penetrate better into the skin.
- Take 2 tbsp of tea tree oil and 100ml Witch Hazel. Blend both the solutions together and apply them to the affected areas. Massage the mixture onto the skin until it gets absorbed. Do this at least two times a day. This concoction will help kill the mites on the skin surface.
- Apple cider vinegar also has properties that will help treat scabies. Adding it to a bath for the shower will help relieve from scabies.
Scabies(2) is a contagious condition, which requires regular treatment. Medical treatment might not work for everyone, therefore for those homemade remedies such as neem oil for scabies might come for help.
It is however advised to consult a health expert to determine the intensity of the infestation. People should also avoid crowded places like schools, daycares, and rehabs which will prevent spreading of scabies
1. Can rubbing alcohol kill scabies?
Scabies is known to spread fast and rapidly. To contain the growth and to stop it from spreading, you would need to use disinfectant sprays, such as rubbing alcohol which kills bugs present on hard surfaces of the skin.
2. Can scabies live in a mattress?
Scabies mites tend to survive 2-3 days away from human skin, this could include bedding, clothing, and towels. You could decontaminate it by washing it in hot water and then dry cleaning.