Scabies is a skin inflammation caused by an allergic reaction to the chemicals produced by the female itch mite. This mite burrows under the skin and lays 2 to 3 eggs which hatch and produce more itch mites.
They soon propagate and can infect the entire area, making more burrows under the skin. After a few days, the infected area begins to itch and pustules are formed, when the infected person scratches himself.
Forms of Infection
The infection is transmitted by person to person contact and the preferred areas are the webs between the fingers, folds of skin and the groin area. Infections are rife where people live in close proximity to each other in unhygienic conditions. It can also be transmitted by using items of clothing worn by a person infected by the itch mite.
Treatment of Scabies
The principal method of treating the infection is by the topical application of lindane lotion (Gamma Benzene Hexachloride). Another method of treatment is by the application of Benzyl Benzoate Emulsion. These and other such treatments should be applied preferably by the doctor or on the instructions of a health professional. There are some home remedies that can be safely applied in the home and involve the use of natural ingredients.
Home Treatment of Scabies
You can treat a scabies infection with a paste made from the Neem leaf, either fresh or dried. Mix the leaves with equal parts of Turmeric Powder and Mustard Oil until a fine paste is formed. This should be applied on the infected parts or where the itching is most noticeable. Leave it on for an hour and then take a bath. This treatment should be continued daily until the inflammation or itching has disappeared.
Other Home Treatments
Another good home treatment for scabies can be made with Drumstick Leaves. Use a blender or other home appliance to extract the juice from 500 grams of Drumstick Leaves. Mix the liquid with Sesame Oil and boil this mixture until the water has evaporated. Apply this liquid on the affected area each day until the infection has ceased.
Avoid Infecting Others
As soon as an infection of scabies is diagnosed, you should be careful not to spread the infection to other people. Clothing and other items of daily wear should be disinfected and care should be taken to avoid all forms of personal physical contact until the infection is under control.