How to Get Rid of Scabies Without Going to the Doctor

Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by infection with mite, a parasite. The most common symptoms are severe itchiness and rash.

  1. Cause of Scabies

These are things you need to know about scabies:

  • The small mite that causes scabies is called Sarcoptes scabiei. It is not visible with naked eyes, we need to use microscope to observe it. The size of a female mite is between 0.3 to 0.4 mm. The male one is only half of the female’s size.
  • Fertilized female mite will live as a parasite in the skin and will make tunnels underneath the skin to lay 40 to 50 eggs. The eggs will hatch in 3 to 5 days and will cause a severe itchiness. The irritation will create scabies and tend to become worse at night.

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  1. Occurrence Process of Scabies

How to Get Rid of Scabies Without Going to the Doctor:

  • Scabies is initially occur from the infection of female mite that is actively making tunnels in epidermal part of the skin. In the tunnel, it will lay 2 to 3 eggs per day.
  • The eggs will hatch in 3 to 5 days as six-legged larvae.
  • In 1 to 2 days, the larvae will grow to first stage nympha and then second stage nympha. Second stage nympha has 8 legs. That nympha will become a female mite, waiting to mate with the male..
  • The mite will grow as a adult mite in 2 to 4 days.
  • Mite’s life cycle from the egg to adult mite takes around 17 days.

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Symptoms of Scabies

Scabies will cause a severe itchiness that is worse at night. The itchiness is a reaction of skin allergy. Scabies is a skin disease that forms in group. It will infect some areas of the skin and not spread to other areas but it can be contagious to other individuals.

The symptoms generally happen to adults. For the children, scabies tend to infect areas such as head, face, neck, palm of the hand and foot. 

Complication of Scabies

The severe itchiness cannot be avoided that is why people will scratch the infected skin and cause a complications such as:

  • Triggering rashes. If the infected skin is scratched, the skin surface is really vulnerable to get bacterial infection like impetigo. Impetigo happens because of staphylococciand streptococci bacterias.
  • Causing scalded. If continue being scratched, the scabies will get worse and become scalded. It will be a severe rash, scaly in a relatively big size. People in old age, pregnant women, and people with weak immune system will tend to have this complication.

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Diagnose of Scabies

  • Identify the symptoms. Initial diagnose is by observing the symptoms. In some cases, doctor wil need to do Tint Test and Skin Biopsy to be certain of the skin disease.
  • Tint Test.Tint Tes is done by applying titn in the area and clean it using sterile cotton. If after cleaning it, there is still tint remaining as small lines, it can be confirmed that there is mites nest in there.
  • Biopsy.This method is done by observing the skin tissue in laboratory.

How to Get Rid of Scabies Without Going to the Doctor

To treat scabies, you can follow these steps:

  1. Get to know the initial symptoms

Before going to the doctor, it is better to recognize that your skin is infected as scabies. The symptoms are rashes and severe itchiness and will get worse at night. Common areas for scabies are the skin between fingers, armpits, wrist etc.

  1. Do medical check-up immediately
  2. Get the right medical prescriptions

If you are diagnosed having scabies, doctor generally will give medicines like ointment or lotion with 5% of Permethrin. The content will kill mite underneath your skin.

  • Permethrin. Permethrin is an ointment that should be applied to the infected skin. It has side effects like burning sensation and itchiness. It will work in one time application, it generally will work in 8 to 14 hours after the application.
  • Ivermectin. This medicine is an oral one for people with weak immune system. It has side effects like fever, headache, losing appetite, joint pain and rashes.
  • Ointment medicineOther than Permethrin, there is also ointment with 10% of Crotamiton, 1% of Lindane 1%, or sulfur 6%. This is the last alternative if two medicine above do not work.
  1. Use herbal therapy

You can combine medical medicines with the herbal ones. You can use natural materials such a Mimba (Azadirachta indica), Karanja (Pongamia pinnata), Turmeric (Curcuma longa), manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia)darvi (Berberis aristata).

  1. Bath regularly

How to Get Rid of Scabies Without Going to the Doctor:

  • Use a clean newly washed towel.
  • After body is completely dry, use the ointment.
  • After 14 hours, wash the area with warm water. You need to know that it can take weeks after treatment for the skin to heal, so during that time you can do regular medical check-up.
  1. Treat the whole family
  2. Do prevention
  • Clean your house.
  • Wash towels and bed sheets in warm water.
  • Wash your clothes every day.
  • Do regular check-ups.

Herbal Medicines

  1. Turmeric. You can shred some turmeric and add drops of lemon water. Apply the mixture to the infected skin.
  2. Aloe Vera. You can use it by applying the aloe vera gel to the infected skin.
  3. Vinegar. You can use cotton and put some drops of vinegar to the cotton then apply it to the infected skin.
  4. Lavender Oil. You can apply the oil to the infected skin and do a massage for a while. Then clean it with water. Lavender oil will help to fasten the cell regeneration process.
  5. Tinospora cordifolia. This plant has sulfuric compound so it is effective to kill the mites. You can crush some leaves and add some drops of coconut oil. Then apply it to the infected skin.

Personal Treatment

You can do some prevention, such as keeping the surrounding clean and not making any contact with people with scabies. You can also use oral medicines like hydroksizin hydrocloride (Atarax), or diphenhydramin hydrocloride (Benadryl) to get rid of the itchiness.

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