Considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a water-related disease1 (as there is a link between bathing and this illness), scabies has plagued people for over 2,500 years.
In fact, there are Egyptian drawings depicting people suffering from its symptoms.2 Today, whatever your age, walk of life or ethnicity, scabies can affect you.
Basic Scabies Facts
At least 300 million cases of scabies are diagnosed every year.3 It is caused by the microscopic Sarcoptes scabiei mites4 (named after the Latin word “scabere,” meaning “to scratch”) that are transmitted through prolonged skin-to-skin contact.
Scabies is commonly spread in highly populated communities, especially in schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, dormitories and prisons. Even neat and clean individuals can fall victim to scabies, if they unfortunately become exposed to the mites.
Scabies starts out as itch on the skin, along with the formation of angry, pimple-like rashes. This reaction occurs when the mites burrow into your skin, leaving traces of saliva and feces, and laying their eggs all over your body. Your immune system then reacts to the parasites, resulting in the physical symptoms of this illness.
The rashes that come with scabies can occur in numerous parts of your body, but it is mostly found in warm areas, as this is where the mites usually thrive. It may even occur in the genital areas, which is why scabies is sometimes classified as a sexually transmitted disease (since it can be passed on through intercourse).
Pencil-like “burrows” made by the mites may also be noticeable on the affected person’s skin. Scabies should be given proper treatment because if not addressed immediately, it may worsen and become crusted scabies, also known as Norwegian scabies.
This type of scabies usually occurs in people who are immunocompromised. Instead of itchy rashes, those with Norwegian scabies have thick crusts all over their skin where hundreds or thousands of mites and eggs hide, making this type of scabies extremely contagious.5
Can You Treat Scabies Naturally?
Pharmaceutical medications for scabies usually have hidden risks, as they are mostly loaded with toxic ingredients, such as permethrin. However, there are holistic treatments, such as herbs and essential oils, that can help you deal with a scabies infestation. There are also natural treatments to control the annoying itch that comes with this illness.
Remember that preventive methods also play an important factor in treating scabies and keeping it from spreading to other people. If anyone in your home is suffering from a scabies infestation, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the surroundings is necessary.
Wash, clean, and vacuum all your sheets, clothes, carpet, and furniture. Make sure that everyone in your home also uses the recommended holistic treatments for scabies infestation. Read these informative scabies articles and find out what you must do if you or a loved one is dealing with this infestation. Just a few simple techniques and preventive tactics can help banish this uncomfortable illness.