Treating scabies using tea tree oil
Scabies is best described as a skin condition that involves severe itchiness that is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei. Take note that this mite can cause intense itchiness in the affected region due to the burrows, especially strong at night. Scabies is contagious and be spread by direct physical contact with other people.
One of the most effective remedies in treating scabies is using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has been used for treating many ailments, including insect bites and acne. Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and works by absorbing and penetrating into the lower layers of the skin and kills the parasite. Tea tree oil can also kill the eggs of the parasite and preventing reinfestation in the body.
Symptoms of scabies
- A thin, unequal lines composed of small-sized blisters or bumps that are found in the skin
- Itchiness that sometimes become severe at night.
The burrows or tracts occur in the folds of the skin, but some parts of the body can also be affected. In adults, scabies are found in the armpits, along the inside of the wrist, on the buttocks, on the knees, soles of the feet, inner part of the elbow, around the waist, around the breast and the genital area of the males, between the fingers and on the shoulder blades.
In children, the infestation of scabies is found in the neck, scalp as well as face, palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
Causes of scabies
The eight-legged mite that is responsible for causing scabies is microscopic. The female mite digs beneath the skin and produces a tunnel and deposits its eggs which hatch in three to four days. The larvae will surface to the skin where they mature and spread to other areas of the skin or to the skin of other people. The itchiness that is caused by scabies is due to the allergic reaction of the body to the mites, their eggs and their wastes. If you want to learn measures to ease the symptoms, click here.
Treatment of scabies using tea tree oil
- Mix 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil, if there is sensitivity in the skin. If the skin is not sensitive, use undiluted tea tree oil and set aside.
- In a warm bath, add 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil directly into the bath water and soak in the bath for about 20 minutes.
- Pat the skin dry and immediately place the towel used in a plastic bag until it is ready to be washed in hot water.
- Soak a cotton ball in the tea tree and olive oil mix and dab it on the rash, cover completely the affected area. Leave the mixture on the skin and do not rinse.
- Take the bath mixture at least twice a day or apply the tea tree and olive oil mixture to the skin morning and night.
- Place all beddings and other fabric items sealed in a plastic bags for up to 2 weeks before washing them in hot water.