Scabies is contagious and uncomfortable skin condition which is commonly seen in young adults and children. This condition can spread quickly among people in crowded places where they have direct contact with each other such as nursing homes and chikd care centers. This condition is caused by a mite who is also known as Sarcoptes Scabiei and they can survive up to a month living on human skin. Scabies generally appear near the elbow, in the armpits, around the genital area, on the knees, between the fingers, around the waist, soles of the feet, under the breasts, on the buttocks and shoulder blades. Redness, rashes, itching and intense pain around the infected area are the most common symptoms of scabies. Also there are some cases in which blisters and swelling can happen. The mites spread to others through a sexual contact with a person who has an infestation, sharing personal items belonging to an infected person and close contact with an infected person. Prompt treatment is very important to reduce the symptoms of scabies. There are many medicines which are available for the treatment of this condition but we suggest you to try some of the mentioned home remedies after you have talked with your doctor.
Home remedies for scabies
Turmeric: This is a very effective home remedy for scabies because it has anti – inflammatory and antiseptic properties. These properties can give you a relief from the symptoms of scabies [1,2]. You should mix a few drops of lemon juice, one tablespoon of turmeric powder and water to make a thick paste. You should apply this paste on the affected area and you should let it stay there for about one hour. Then, you should rinse it off using lukewarm water. You should do this natural treatment once per day until you have noticed improvements in your condition. You can make one teaspoon of neem powder and one teaspoon of turmeric. You should add some water to form a smooth paste. You should dab this paste on the affected skin and you should let it dry on its own. After it has dried, you should take a shower or bath to wash it off. You should repeat this natural treatment once per day.
Bleach: This is a very popular home remedy for scabies because it helps to kill mites. You should mix four parts of water and one part of bleach. You should spray this home remedy on the affected area two times per day. Repeat this natural treatment in a period of few days. 
Zinc: This mineral will not directly treat scabies but it will prevent fungal outbreaks and also it will fight off secondary skin infections . You should grind 2 or 3 zinc tablets into a fine powder. You should add a small amount of water in it to make a thick paste. Also you can add a small amount of turmeric to make this paste more effective. You should apply this paste on the affected skin. You should let it stay there at least 30 minutes or until it dries naturally. You should rinse off with lukewarm water. You should repeat this natural treatment once per day until the scabies infection is gone. While you are doing this natural treatment, you need to eat foods that rich in zinc such as soybeans, wheat bran, whole grain products, sunflower seeds and others.
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Cayenne pepper: This is a very effective home remedy for scabies because it will burn and kill the mites and also it will give you a relief from the problem of scabies . In hot bath water you should add one cup of cayenne pepper and you should mix it. You should soak your body in this water until your water gets cold. You should be sure that you will not get water in your eyes because the pepper can cause you a burning sensation. You should rinse off the cayenne pepper with cool water. You should repeat this natural treatment once per day until the scabies is treated. People who have sensitive skin should not use this natural treatment.
Neem leaves: Neem leaves can be used as natural treatment to cure scabies because they have antifungal and antibacterial properties [1,2]. These leaves will help you to reduce the itching and they can clear the mites within only a few days. You should make a paste of a handful of fresh neem leaves. You should crush them with a pestle and mortar. You should wash the affected skin thoroughly and then you should apply this natural cure. You should let this paste to dry naturally and then you should take a bath to wash it off. You should do this natural treatment every day because in this way you will speed up the healing process. Also you can boil some neem leaves in one cup of water. You should let this home remedy cool to room temperature. You should drink one tablespoon of this natural cure 3 or 4 times per day. You should repeat this natural treatment for one week or two to make sure that scabies and mites are gone completely.
Neem oil: This is a botanical pesticide which is used to treat many skin problems in which scabies is also included. This type of oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties which can help you to eliminate bacteria and fungus trapped in your skin [1,2]. The smell of the neem oil prevents scabies from reproducing which is a very important for the treatment of this condition because it can shorten the duration of the problem. You should apply pure neem oil on the affected areas and then you should massage gently until this oil penetrates deep into your skin. You should wait for a few minutes and then you should take a bath. You should do this natural treatment once per day in a period of several weeks because in this way you will prevent the infection from spreading. Also you can make an antiseptic cream by two ounces of freshly grounded turmeric powder with two ounces of neem oil. You should apply this natural cure on the affected area for 2 or 3 times per day. This home remedy will soothe the itching and also it will speed up the healing process.
Tea tree oil: This home remedy has a compound which is known as terpinen – 4 – ol which helps to kill the parasites that cause scabies. Tea tree oil has wound – healing, antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, disinfectant and anti – inflammatory properties which can help you to treat scabies . You should mix one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of tea tree oil. You should use a cotton ball to apply this home remedy on the affected area. You should do this natural treatment two times per day in a period of 2 – 3 weeks. This will decrease the pain and swelling and also it will speed up the healing process. Also you can add ten to twelve drops of pure tea tree oil to a bathtub of lukewarm water. You should take a bath in this water two times per day in a period of few weeks. It is important to be noticed that nursing mothers and pregnant women should avoid using tea tree oil. Also people who have sensitive skin should not use it because it can irritate the sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, then you should test this natural treatment on a small area first.
Aloe Vera: This natural cure has antimicrobial and many other natural medicinal properties which can speed up the healing process of scabies, insect bites and many other skin conditions . You should apply fresh Aloe Vera gen on your affected skin. You should let it stay there for half an hour and then you should rinse it off with lukewarm water. You should repeat this natural treatment 2 or 3 times per day in a period of a few weeks until you notice improvements in your condition. Also you can grind a handful of calendula petals along with a pinch of turmeric powder. You should add two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel in it and then you should mix it well. You should apply this paste on the affected skin and you should let it dry on its own. You should do this natural treatment two times per day in a period of few weeks until you get a complete recovery.
White vinegar: White vinegar has acidic nature which changes the pH level of your skin. It is known fact that any change in the pH level can cause mites to die. In a bowl you should mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar. You should use a cotton ball to apply this home remedy on the affected skin. You should let it stay there for a few minutes. Then, you should rinse it off with lukewarm water. You should repeat this scabies natural treatment every day for a period of ten to fifteen days because in this way you will fight against the infection to cure completely.
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