Sarcoptes scabiei is a parasitic mite that infests the skin. Scabies is resilient to treatment, and this is how it earned the moniker of “the seven-year itch.” The parasite infects over 300 million people all around the globe, every year.
Address the parasitic infection as soon as symptoms manifest. If left untreated, scabies can spread via physical contact to family members, friends, and colleagues. Scabies is highly contagious, and all it takes to receive the infection is a brief contact with an infected person.
It’s a challenge to eradicate a scabies infection. The mite burrows deep into the skin, secreting saliva filled with enzymes that create a protective barrier around the parasite.
Can You Treat Scabies?
Treating scabies requires an aggressive approach from your physician. Your doctor may recommend oral Ivermectin and a topical cream containing permethrin. However, these medications can create toxic side-effects in the body.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies you can use to eliminate the scabies mite. Here are 10 proven ways to get rid of scabies without using dangerous drugs.
Using Sulphur to treat scabies infections dates back to ancient Greece. The philosopher, Celsus, was the first to combine Sulphur with a liquid pitch to treat scabies infections. Sulfur contains natural antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. This natural disinfectant is used as a remedy to cure multiple health issues.
Rub the sulfur ointment into the skin around the affected area. Consistent topical treatment of the infection kills the scabies parasite and any eggs it may have deposited into the burrow. Some topical ointments and creams are only available with a prescription from your doctor. Sulfur is available in a wide range of topical products including;
Most over-the-counter products have a concentration of between 6 and 10 percent sulfur. Sulfur won’t kill the mite’s eggs, so you’ll need to continue the treatment for up to three weeks to kill the parasites as they hatch. Using topical Sulphur treatments will dry out your skin, use a moisturizer in combination with your topical Sulphur treatment.