Scabies is one of the most dreaded contagious diseases. Indeed, it is easily transmitted from one person to another. Discover the causes of scabies and its symptoms. How to get rid of this infection? Focus on natural treatments and grandmother’s remedies to get rid of scabies. You are also given the hygiene measures to be applied to fight against the parasite at the origin of the disease.
What is scabies?
Scabies is a very common infection caused by a parasite, the mite. This mite digs a hole in the outermost layer of the skin and lays its eggs there. Then, the saliva of the parasite causes itching of great intensity.
There are two forms of scabies:
- the common scabies or sarcoptic mange is the most frequently observed. There are few mites under the skin. This form of scabies is transmitted through regular and frequent skin contact;
- the profuse and hyperkeratotic scabies is the most contagious form. The skin has a very large number of parasites. And the infection spreads over the whole body. Generally, this form of scabies mainly affects elderly people living in communities or people with immunosuppression.
How do we catch it?
Transmission of scabies is strictly inter human and is carried out by direct or indirect skin contact (sharing clothes or bedding, for example). Often, it is a question of a family epidemic. Indeed, the main risk factor is promiscuity. In communities such as crèche, school, retirement home, cases can be observed.
Scabies is a highly contagious disease which can also be transmitted during sexual intercourse.
On the other hand, contrary to popular belief, scabies does not mainly affect people with poor hygiene, or part of the population. This contagious disease affects all age groups and all socio-economic backgrounds. It is also found all over the world, hence its qualification as cosmopolitan.
Finally, you should know that the animal scabies is transmissible to humans. However, this one cannot transmit it in turn to another person. He will show typical scabies symptoms (itching, scratching lesions).
Symptoms of scabies
The incubation is variable depending on the case : from a few days to several weeks. Itching is one of the recurring symptoms that prompts you to consult your doctor. The itching is more intense in the evening and is localized in certain places of the body such as between the fingers, on the wrists, on the folds of the elbow, on the internal face of the buttocks, etc. The back and face are spared, except in infants.
Essential hygiene measures
Treat bedding and clothing
To avoid any risk of new contamination, it is essential to wash your clothes, sheets and towels after each treatment. Make high temperature machines.
The day after treatment, wear only clean or decontaminated clothing. Change your bed linen, and use clean towels to wash yourself.
If it is impossible to wash your laundry at more than 60° (fragile fabric, for example), decontaminate it by enclosing it in a garbage-type plastic bag containing a parasitic powder purchased from a pharmacy. The bag must be closed for at least three days.
The same gesture must be operated on the other objects of the house, and in particular the toys and dolls.
Your GP can advise you on the right things to do to eradicate scabies. Among them, that ofavoid sex during treatment. This allows you not to contaminate your sexual partner again.
What are the natural treatments for scabies?
Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree essential oil has antiseptic properties. It is used to treat skin conditions, including scabies. It is relatively effective in killing the parasites causing the contagious disease.
Wash the infected area thoroughly. Then, in a bowl, mix a tablespoon of tea tree oil with another of olive oil. Soak a cotton ball in this solution, then apply it to the infected part of your body. The operation can be repeated another time during the day, for three weeks.
Clove essential oil
To get rid of this contagious disease, mix:
- 10 drops of fine lavender essential oil:
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil;
- 20 drops of clove essential oil;
- 20 drops of tea tree essential oil;
- 150 drops or 7.5 ml of oily calendula macerate.
apply 1 to 3 drops of the solution on each area affected by scabies. The operation can be carried out morning and evening until the symptoms of scabies completely disappear. Attention, the mixture should not be applied to the ano-genital parts.
Clove essential oil is not recommended for children under 6 and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
In a bowl, mix 125 ml of water with 125 ml of white vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture, then apply it to the affected area. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. The operation can be repeated three times a day for two weeks.
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