Finally.. Relief! How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

How to Get rid of scabies at home fast

How to get rid of Scabies, fast.

This post has been a product of months of suffering, struggle, confusion and, finally – clarity and freedom.

I struggled with scabies for so long, but it didn’t have to take that long…. And it wasn’t for a lack of effort that it did.

I researched as much as a could. I toiled every day trying to get rid of the bugs. But it took me awhile to find the information i needed – the information that actually cured me.

To find that info I had to first sift through info that didn’t work. The advice I originally found may have sounded compelling and gave me hope, but it was ultimately misguided and incomplete, to say the least.

I spent a good amount of time and money trying these cures that ended up being nothing more than a bandaid. The methods just kept the mite population subdued, but never got rid of them entirely.

Although the advice I tried initially didn’t cure my scabies, it wasn’t because people weren’t trying to give good advice. There intentions were wholesome. Most people online sincerely want to both help themselves get cured and support others to do the same. We all want that.

In the end the misinformation available online is due to a lack of knowledge and wishful thinking.

Let’s get right into it

Now, like i said, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet concerning scabies. The very first thing I want people to know is that natural scabies treatments are highly unlikely to cure your scabies infestation on their own. They just don’t do the trick.

Yes, natural remedies will not rid you of scabies by themselves.

For one, they don’t pack enough of a punch – otherwise powerful remedies like neem and tea tree oil may be effective for 99% of viral, bacterial and parasitic infections. But for scabies, they just don’t cut it.

And why is that?

This is because scabies, throughout their evolution, have developed effective protective measures to thwart off attempts to kill them.

They burrow deep and create protective enzymes in their spit that they surround their borrows with. This keeps them sealed in and attempts at killing them sealed out.

While your tea tree and bleach baths may kill roaming scabies on the surface (sometimes called “surface crawlers”), they won’t be killing the fully burrowed mites and their eggs. You might feel some temporary relief, but you can bet the colony is still churning and burning out new little baby mites to continue conquering your epidermis.

Related: How to Avoid Losing Sleep from Scabies

What’s the solution then?

My family is all about natural treatments when they are called for. But you have to be practical when dealing with issues that are outside of the immediate natural remedy scope.

Scabies are a real nuisance that require serious treatment methods. If getting rid of scabies was as easy as we wish it was then it likely wouldn’t have picked up the nickname “the seven year itch.”

The best (and only) cure that I recommend to get rid of scabies is to use oral ivermectin and/or topical permethrin cream.

Oral ivermectin

If you have pets or livestock you’ve likely came across ivermectin over the years.

When ingested it enters the bloodstream, where the mites get to it and consume it. The molecular structure of ivermectin disables pivotal important functions of the mites effectively incapacitating them until they die.

They eat it, they die.

And while ivermectin results in a death sentence for mites, it is safe for humans to ingest at low levels and is easily disposed of by the body.

Here is a very thorough explanation on the application and use of ivermectin for scabies.

You can get ivermectin from your doctor or buy it yourself over the counter here. Keep in mind if you buy it over the counter it’s not marketed for humans, but it works. You’ll just make sure that it does not have added ingredients for heart-worms. The one I linked to does not. Use at your own risk!

5% Permethrin cream

Permethrin is another somewhat common household product. If you live in tick or mosquito country, you’ll know what i’m talking about. It’s very effective when used for treating scabies.

Permethrin cream goes on topically and absorbs into the skin. It bypasses the mites defenses and kills live mites on site.

Permethrin cream is the most commonly prescribed treatment by doctors. Enough is dispensed to do two or more treatments. It is of upmost important that you follow through and do two treatments. This is because permethrin cream, just like every other treatment available, will not kill all of the eggs.

Their eggs are just too well protected.

The first treatment will kill the adults. Next you must wait for the eggs to hatch and then kill them before they can repopulate. Two treatments is almost always enough to get rid of a scabies infestation for good.

You can buy permethrin cream online without a doctor here.

Cleaning your home and work environment is of upmost importance when getting rid of scabies

Re-infestation is not a fun prospect.

Nothing is worse than getting your treatment right – only to get infested again right after you’ve got rid of your scabies.

To prevent this you’ll have to ensure that you’re home, work space, car and any other locations that you frequent are entirely disinfected. Just as important, make sure that the people and animals in your life are also have taken care of (or are taking care of) their risk of scabies and getting rid of the mites if they need to.

That part is hard.

It’s hard enough to keep your car, work and home clean. But to have to talk to friends, family and co-workers about scabies? Ugghhh. I hated doing that.

But you need to.

When I got infested so did my family and some of my friends. And it came from my work to start with. So I had to deal with this from three fronts.

If I had just disinfected MY things and MY body, i would have cured myself. But for how long would that last? Many of those people didn’t know that they might have mites or didn’t know how to treat them if they did.

It’s shitty, but you have to educate those around you to ensure that everyone gets cured and stays cured.

Cleaning your surroundings

Now some for some cleaning details.

While treating your skin for scabies you’ll have to get rid of all traces of scabies from your immediate and extended environment.

This includes deep cleaning:

  • Your house
  • your car
  • your work office
  • your clothes
  • your mattress
  • your pets
  • tabletops and surfaces
  • floors
  • anything else you come in contact with

All of this stuff needs to be taken care of to avoid reinfection.

Below are some recommended cleaning and preventative supplies:

Treat your clothes and possessions often and thoroughly until your infestation is completely gotten rid of.


Now that you have your immediate environment covered there are some steps to take for your extended environment.

  • Do your best to stay away from people who you know might be infected. And make sure they know how to get treatment.
  • If possible, take a vacation away from your environment. Go to a different space for 2+ weeks and treat yourself.
  • Stay away from places that are commonly associated with the spread of parasites like scabies. You might have picked up your mites from one of these places. First, get to know this list of places post very thoroughly. It lays out 13 places you are most likely to contract and share scabies.

Conclusion

This post covers the general protocol for treating scabies. The rest of this website will give you an even broader view of the best ways to deal with this plague.

Good luck.

Cured of scabies? Let’s get your life back.

This is just a quick post i’m creating to acknowledge the mental turmoil that scabies bring up.

People who haven’t had scabies just can’t understand what it does to a person mentally and physically. We’re in a special club of “survivors”.

You had to suffer through a very isolating and uncomfortable time. But now things can begin to fall back into place. You’ll settle back into a normal lifestyle and slowly forget the nightmare.

If you’re going to let scabies change you, let it change you for the better.

Let it make you stronger.

One thing is for sure, having the mites made us pay closer attention and learn more about our bodies. It also turned us into our own health officials; you are now an expert in the trade of scabie killing, and hopefully a lot healthier for it.

We owe it to ourselves to do a good job of healing our skin and then get ourselves back out into the world again.

Make up for all that lost time.

All of those nights that you were cooped up alone – what where you wishing you could do? What were you missing out on?

Go out and do those things.

Go on a date, go do some dancing, go play twister. Get your body moving and get physical with others. You will quickly realize how much you missed it.

Let this whole experience be something you can look back on and smile about knowing that it made you a stronger person. 

Screw those mites, let’s move on! 

What you need to know about healing your skin after scabies

So you’re cured of the mites. Congratulations. Big win.

Now let’s heal your skin.

This post discusses three paths to skin health. Take what you want out of it.

  1. Direct skin treatments.
  2. Diet & Nutrition.
  3. Supplementation.

1) Direct skin treatments

Firstly, irritants to avoid:

–   Long, hot showers. These irritate, dry out and strip the skin of natural oils (think Sebum). This makes you more itchy and slower to heal.

–   Over washing. A well nourished body maintains its own skin support. Washing too much disturbs the body’s skin maintenance procedures.

–   Stay away from synthetic soap additives! Damaging additives are found in almost all major brands that are producing bathing products. Dial, Proctor & Gamble, herbal essences . . . you name it.

Healthy skin applications:

Cold waterthis is perhaps the best thing you can provide for your skin. Cold water hydrates and closes your pores to promote healing. Limit washing and favor cold water when you do.

Coconut oil – Can’t go wrong here. Coconut is great for the body, inside and out. Apply it wherever you want relief.

Source Naturals skin cream – a great option for sensitive skin, this cream is gentle and contains Contains restorative compounds like DMAE, alpha-lipoic acid, ascorbyl palmitate (C-ester), Coenzyme Q-10, MSM.

Some other great pure oils and topicals that I won’t go in depth on include: Pure Jojoba oil, almond oil, raw cocoa butter and shea butter. All are very beneficial and pure products, no artificial irritants added.

Epsom salt baths – both relaxing and beneficial, epsom salt (Magnesium-Sulphate) provide nutrients and works to soften while helping to draw out contaminants in the skin. I recommend a few baths a week for about 30 minutes each. Use 1/4 cup and be mindful of the effects on your skin – if the water is too hot and too much salt is used dry skin could occur. Follow up the bath with a cold shower to close the pores and better seal in moisture. Best before sleep. Here are the salts I use.

2) Diet & Nutrition

Try eating lots of foods rich in bioavailable nutrients while you heal:

  • seafood
  • meat (pastured, non-hormone)
  • plant and animal fats
  • vegetables
  • tubers. 

Some other foods that are especially good for skin health/regrowth are:

Gelatin 

Gelatin helps grow new skin and build up its elasticity and suppleness. In addition to improving skin health, gelatin also boasts these benefits:

  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Contains essential Amino Acids
  • Aids the digestive tract
  • Is Anti-Inflammatory
  • Regulates hormones
  • Aids in liver function

You can create gelatin in homemade, mineral rich bone broths. Here is a guide on making bone broth. You can also buy gelatin online, I prefer NOW brand Gelatin. It comes powdered and you can mix it into drinks and soups. I started buying the 1lb container but have since opted for the economical 5lb option.

Colostrum

Colostrum is a powerhouse of immune support. This is because its clinically proven to help restore the gastro-intestinal tract. Our gut health is very important for proper skin functioning, and colostrum happens to be one of the better tonics for your gut. The best is sourced from grass-fed cows.

Collagen

Collagen deserves kudos here for skin health as well. Here is a list of benefits. I have noticed most of these in my 4 months now of taking collagen.

  • Reduces inflammation, body pain and joint discomfort
  • Rejuvenates skin tone. Healthy skin retains moisture better and is more elastic and less prone to develop fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles
  • Increases energy and physical endurance
  • Improves recovery time after exercise
  • Supports repair of skeleto-muscular injuries and post surgery recovery
  • Improves muscle tone/strength and joint flexibility
  • Reduces muscle soreness and pain after work out or physical activity
  • Increases nail strength. Stronger nails do not chip
  • Improves hair quality and thickness that gives more youthful appearance

Same as for colostrum, the best source for collagen is from grass-fed cows. Here is a top of the line source.

3) Supplementation

Here are some great supplements for skin health. 

Fermented cod liver oil/ high vitamin butter oil.

A synergistic combination of impressive superfoods – this combo provides extremely bioavailable sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A. These are all very important compounds for skin health. Fermented cod liver has been consumed for ages and is well known for it’s effects on the skin and bodily function. Green Pasture’s makes the best product on the market – read the phenomenal reviews.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)

Vitamin B5 is another skin restoring power house – amazingly effective for acne, but also important for general skin ailments. Pantothenic Acid plays an important role in energy storage and release and provides nutritive support for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This is good news for your skin. All of the important nutrients we are taking in to support skin cell regeneration and immune function – this stuff helps it get where it needs to go and makes sure it operates efficiently. 

KAL inc. makes a great B5 product. I take their 1000mg capsules.

Pantothenic acid also is available in a variety of foods, the richest sources being:

  • Organ meats like liver & kidney
  • egg yolk
  • broccoli
  • fish
  • shellfish
  • chicken
  • mushrooms
  • avocado
  • sweet potato

Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil contains gamma-lineoic-acid (GLA). GLA fantastic for skin health and is helpful for many other ailments. It’s benefits include:

  • Helping Skin problems (eczema, acne, psoriasis)
  • Aging problems
  • Heart disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Weight control
  • Pain relief (via a compound called phenylalanine)
  • Disease prevention
  • Symptoms of menopause

Evening primrose oil is one of very few sources of GLA – and is the most abundant source known. The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. NOW Foods is a cheap and trusted source. You will notice a very quick responsiveness from your skin to this supplement, I found it to be very effective.Zinc

Zinc is an important component of healthy skin. It is also required for proper immune system function, as well as for the maintenance of vision, taste, and smell. We need zinc for a huge array of body processes. If you consume the foods I recommended in step #2 then you should have your bases covered on zinc. As a reminder, some zinc rich foods include: oysters, pecans, brazil nuts & egg yolks. You can also choose to supplement it, try to consume at least 15mg of zinc a day.

If you choose to supplement for Zinc I advise buying a Zinc-magnesium-calcium-vitamin D combination supplement. All of these compounds are important for day to day health, including skin health. Magnesium is especially essential!

Probiotics

There has been a lot of buzz in recent years concerning probiotics. With recent advancements in technology we now know that there are over 100 trillion organisms living in our body at any giving moment. The body itself is comprised of roughly 10 trillions cells – that means that for every one cell in your body there are 10 living organisms!

The immune system is predominantly located in the gut – about 75% – this is also where most of the organisms take residence. Did you know that these organisms send direct signals to your body that effect immune responses? If we are unhealthy the gut is largely occupied by pathogens. These pathogens harm our immune system and digestion. For this reason I recommend reconstituting your gut with healthy organisms that benefit our immune system and whole body. I advise anyone to really take the time to read up on and invest in probiotics as a healthy gut leads to healthy skin as well.

Not all probiotics are the same – quality is important as there are varying bacterial species sold and quality assurance is important since they are living organisms.

I recommend products from these companies:

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is highly present in our skin and deficiencies are more rare than you might think though, so I advise supplementing it only if you are not maintaining sufficient intake through diet. One element of vitamin E – tocotrienols – is hard to get, and red palm oil is one of the few choices for a source.

If you do decide to supplement Vitamin E, it is very important you buy the right stuff. Not all supplements are created equal, and the divide is especially relevant for this supplement. Too often vitamin E products are synthetic – which the body absorbs inefficiently. I recommend the supplement Unique E, as it is naturally sourced.

Foods containing sufficient amounts of Vitamin E include:

  • Spinach
  • turnip greens
  • chard
  • sunflower seeds
  • almonds
  • bell peppers
  • asparagus
  • collards
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts

*Vitamin E is fat soluble, so it is important to eat these foods with plenty of fat to boost absorption.

Conclusion

So there you have some tips for healing. If your skin is looking as bad as mine was some of these tips should be helpful. I hope you heal well, and leave us some info about your recovery in the comments!

Scabies and hot showers

Is it a good idea to take hot showers when I have scabies?

Short answer, no.

Yes it feels good. Yes you get (temporary) relief. But it might do more harm than good.

For one, hot showers will not help kill scabies and can actually make your itching worse.

Hot water will dry out and irritate your skin which is further damaging it’s already challenged state. The water strips away natural oils from the outer layer, and without those oils your skin becomes dry and irritated.

What’s the solution?

Cold showers. They keep your pores closed and your skin refreshed, which is important for your body’s response to scabies. 

Cold showers also have surprisingly underrated benefits.

Benefits of cold showers include:

  • Strengthens immunity
  • Keeps skin and hair healthy
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves depression
  • Increases testosterone
  • Increases energy and wellbeing
  • Increases fertility

Source

But what if you hate cold showers . . . 

While that list above has some great (somewhat questionable) benefits listed, you still might not be able to bear an ice bath.

If that’s you then here is a good solution:

Start your shower with warm water, the less heat the better. Heat opens your pores for cleansing, but don’t overdo it. Too hot and you are doing damage.

Once you’re clean then gradually lower the temperature – it should be considerably colder by the time you shut the water off.

If you start your shower warm and gradually lower the temperature it removes the shock element, and it’s really not so bad after that. 

The most important thing is to end the shower cold. If you want to reduce how itchy your skin is, leaving the bathroom with already cold and soothed skin makes you far less irritable.

If you want more tips on reducing itchiness then check out 10 Anti-itch Remedies for Scabies.

After you have been cured feel free to return to hot showers. But when while your skin is still under attack I highly recommend that you in the least make an effort to end your showers with cold water.

For more information on treating scabies check out these popular posts:

A Simple 3 Step Guide to Eradicate Scabies

How to Buy Over the Counter Permethrin Cream Online

Life Without Scabies Youtube Videos 

 

 

A Simple 3 Step Guide to Treating and Curing Scabies

As a many of you have found out, scabies can be hard to kill.

They’re a resilient bunch and it’s very hard to tell if you’ve actually killed them all or not. 

I dealt with scabies for quite a few months and experienced a ton of confusion around treatment and determining whether I had eradicated them or not.

In the end what worked for me was to combine ivermectin and permethrin in conjunction with thoroughly cleaning my environment. I also found it incredibly important to do my best to avoid other infected (or potentially infected) people and help them get treatment.

So without further ado, here are my 3 steps to curing scabies. 

Step #1: Invest in some Ivermectin and/or Permethrin.

Ivermectin should be one of your go-to treatment options. 

When ingested it spreads to the skin where it is consumed by the mites and effectively kills them in their burrows. It has a very low level of human toxicity and boasts high success rates. 

Ivermectin’s ability to spread to ALL parts of the skin is very important. If you simply try to cure scabies with only topical applications there is a good chance you will not cover your skin thoroughly enough. If this happens the mites will be able to move to other parts of the skin and repopulate, as well as move deeper into the skin to avoid your applications.

Ivermectin stops this risk from happening.

You have two options for obtaining Ivermectin:

Option 1#) If you were diagnosed by your doctor ask for a prescription for Ivermectin (branded as Stromectol). It will cost about $70 for two doses. 

Option 2#) Buy it over the counter.

So you can go to your doctor, get a prescription and pick up ivermectin at the pharmacy but there’s a (cheaper) alternative. Aside from treating humans ivermectin is also used to treat animals for parasites, worms, and mange, so you can buy it online or at a local feed store. (link above, option 2#)

Because of this, you can pick up ivermectin without a prescription and for very cheap; only it is marketed for animals.

Please note that while you are using essentially the same medication that the doctor would prescribe, the specific product is sold as a treatment for animals, so if in the rare case that you have an allergic reaction to ivermectin you are on your own, liability wise. 

Also: you must be cautious when choosing which ivermectin product to buy over the counter. You want to buy the brand without added ingredients, specifically avoiding those with additives for eradicating heartworms. Again, member to not pick up ivermectin with added ingredients for heartworms.

Here is what I consider to be the best over the counter Ivermectin option:

Durvet Ivermectin Paste -This is a paste that is also consumed orally like Stromectol and Noromec. The tube comes with mark for dosing, each mark meant to treat 250lbs of weight. So, if you are 250lb, take one mark worth of the bottle. If you 150, estimate to that amount.

Here is a link to a great and very thorough guide to using Ivermectin. The author has contracted scabies multiple times while working with the homeless and has cured herself with Ivermectin every time. Her guide addresses the frequency of use and correct dosage amounts. 

IMPORTANT: Do not hold Lifewithoutscabies accountable for your application of any non-human medications. This is not medical advice. Use at your own risk! I repeat, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! Although Ivermectin is very low in human toxicity (you could likely take more than the recommended dose) it carries with it some potential risks. Do your own research before deciding to use this treatment!

Pick up some 5% Permethrin Cream

I highly recommend you use Permethrin in addition to oral Ivermectin. Along with proper house cleaning, this is your best bet to cure yourself on the first attempt.


Currently you cannot buy medicated 5% permethrin cream online via Amazon (you used to be able to, but not longer). The best place online to purchase 5% permethrin is eBay. You can find it listed here.

You want the 5% cream tubes that you can get through your doctor and pharmacist, or you can buy it online. The Permethrin product I recommend is over the counter and the exact same product that the doctors will prescribe. 

Either ask your doctor about Permethrin cream or if you don’t have health insurance and are looking to pick up some Permethrin without the doctors visit, consult our post on how to buy 5% Permethrin cream over the counter.

Step #2: Remove scabies from your immediate environment

Ivermectin and Permethrin will kill off all of the live scabies and eggs on your body, but scabies can live off of your body for days and infect you later on, so you want to take care of the places you frequent.

  • Your house
  • Your car
  • Your office
  • Your clothes
  • Your pets
  • Anything else you come into contact with

If you don’t take care of these things then your initial eradication might not save you, since you could just get reinfected days later. Some household items to clean your environment include:

Treat your clothes and environment with these items frequently and thoroughly until your infestation is resolved. 

Another option I would recommend is that you take a short vacation from your environment and treat yourself in another location. Scabies are said to be able to live roughly 4 to 14 days off of a human host. So if you can take two weeks away from home that would mean you don’t have to treat all of your stuff.

Step #3) Keep away from Scabies in your extended environment

First, get to know this list of places post very thoroughly. It lays out 13 places you are most likely to contract and share scabies.

Even after you’ve killed off all of the mites in your skin, in your families skin and in your environment you still have to be on the lookout.

Hopefully you have found out where your infestation came from. If not, then you could come in contact with that person or place again and start the nightmare all over again (albeit better prepared this time), but still, you don’t want that.

In addition to where you got infected from in the first place, you have to be aware of people that YOU could have possibly infected.

Friends and family that you came in contact with or even just shared a car/room with for awhile could easily have picked up your mites. All it takes is a house mate or friend to share a towel with you and boom there is a decent chance they were infected.

So be a responsible person/friend and make sure your friends get treated. Even if you warn them though, they might not follow through or do the treatment very extensively. At this point it is out of your hands, and you owe it to yourself to keep away from them until they get their shit figured out. It sucks, but there aren’t really any other options if you want to avoid becoming reinfected.

So with these three tips you should resolve any scabies infestation. I hope it all works out for you!

Some additional Words of Advice

Avoid scratching your skin incessantly

It buries mites and their debris deeper in the skin, making for a longer, itchier post-mite recovery period while your body works to reject all if this waste.

It can also spread the mites throughout any environment that you scratch in. When you scratch dead skin is introduced into the air, and loose mites will travel along with that dead skin.

Not only can scabies live without food for days off of your body, but with that dead skin to cling to and feed off of their survivability increases tenfold.

Avoid hot showers.

Hot showers dry out your skin and make it harder for your body to heal over the damaged skin to regrow and the fight infection.

Take cold showers if you can handle it. You will itch less, your skin will thank you and your recovery will hasten. If you can’t bear cold showers, opt for luke warm water and end your shower with a few seconds of cold to close up your pores.

Do what you can to keep your spirits up.

Your immune system and overall health will function best if you are at ease and avoid the temptation to dwell in thought all day.

Keep yourself occupied and don’t get too down on the situation. Thinking about how shitty this condition is all day will get you stuck in a rut. Remember, your body wants your love and contentment to heal.

Go do something fun and engaging to keep yourself occupied. Just don’t spread the mites!

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We’ve come to the end of the guide. I really hope all of this has helped you out. I know it’s a bit overwhelming, but take action and you’ve got this!

Good luck and I wish you the best.

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3 Things to Know About using Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

Tea Tree Oil and Scabies

Tea Tree Essential Oil and Scabies

When it comes to treating scabies there’s a lot of debate about what works.

One things for sure, when discussing common ingredients for scabies tea tree essential oil gets brought up a lot.

And for good reason.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

Tea tree oil has been used for thousands of years as a disinfectant and antiseptic. It’s effective for the treatment of candida and all sorts of infections, including ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, tooth aches and pyorrhea. This is not an exhaustive list, either.

It’s just plain powerful stuff. It’s antiseptic action is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid. And unlike carbolic acid, it’s safe for humans to use.

The real question though here is – how effectiveness is tea tree at killing scabies?

Below we’ve listed three of the most important questions and considerations for you to think about.

1.) Does tea tree kill oil scabies mites?

Yes it does – but there’s a catch.

If properly exposed to tea tree oil your scabies mites will die. And according to clinical studies, they’ll die fast.

The trouble comes when we try to properly expose the mites to the oil.

While there are many “surface walkers” on our skin at any given time, there’s also plenty of momma mites deeply burrowed and protected.

And how are they protected?

For one they are below the skin, sometimes underneath many layers of flesh.

But there’s a bigger issue still. Through their saliva the mites secrete a chemical concoction that shields them from chemical attack. Scabies aren’t dumb, after all. They’re still a plague us in the 21st century for a reason. They’ve evolved for this.

“Surface walkers” by the way refers to the mites that venture out on the skin to find new territories. These travelers reside on the top layer of skin where they are indeed vulnerable to tea tree oil. So you can topically apply tea tree and kill a fare share of them.

But remember, they don’t always have to come to the surface if they don’t want to.

If you’ve been infested for awhile you’ve likely seen the track marks they leave behind. This shows that they’re able to burrow they’re way from place to place without being fully exposed.

Anyway, back to the momma scabies and their protective barriers of saliva.

They’re well protected in there. So much so that soaking in a bath that’s got high concentrations of tea tree still might not kill them.

But, guess what. It gets worse. (I’m sorry, i know scabies are one of the most terrible thing ever, i wish i could tell you that it gets easier)

It’s those eggs. Those eggs are even MORE protected. That adorable little mite that’s yet to hatch is protected by an egg shell that can withstand most things thrown at it.

Sorry to say, but tea tree (and the vast majority of natural treatments, for that matter) won’t get to those damn eggs.

2.) Will Tea Tree Essential Oil cure me of Scabies?

While it does an adequate job of disinfecting the outside of your skin and your environment. That’s for sure. But it just doesn’t have the firepower to oust a whole colony.

I’ve already covered why in the first section, but to recap:

  • Tea tree oil does kill unprotected and vulnerable scabies mites.
  • But is ineffective when it comes to treating deeply burrowed mites.
  • Is also ineffective at killing unhatched mite eggs.

So, sadly, we can’t recommend tea tree as an all-around cure for scabies. I learned this first hand when I was infested. I tried natural approaches to cure scabies for multiple months. Tea tree oil included. And what did i get out of it? Well whenever I smell it i’m reminded of scabies.

Not the best association to have.

The best way to kill scabies (and only way that we recommend here) is to use oral ivermectin and/or permethrin cream. Simultaneous use of both is highly recommended.

If you want to learn more about ivermectin and permethrin treatments follow the links below:

3.) How Tea Tree Essential Oil can help with Scabies

With all of that said, tea tree still has a lot to offer.

No, it won’t cure your infestation. But it’s outstanding properties are great for supporting your skin. It’s called “first aid in a bottle” for a reason.

Below are some effective blends and applications that utilize essential oils.

Pillow / Mattress Wipe

Wipe your mattresses and Pillows with a mixture of:

Tea tree Essential oil

Lavender Essential oil

Let pillows and mattress dry in the sun or under presence of heat

Essential Oil Scabies Ointment

If you don’t want all ingredients, use what you prefer

  • Combine carrier oils in a glass measuring cup. Microwave until warm.
  • Add essential oils and whisk until blended.

Rub this ointment onto affected areas often. Ointment will be very concentrated, so be cautious.

5 Early Signs & First Symptoms of a Scabies Infestation

So you think you might have scabies, huh? For your sake, i hope you are wrong!

But, it’s good that you are here investigating.

Because if you do in fact have scabies it is important that you detect it and treat it as fast as possible. Yes, ASAP! The longer it goes untreated the worse you will feel and the more likely you’ll be to spread it to other people.

Below you will find first indicators that the scabies mites could be present.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

Sign #1: An uncontrollable itchy feeling that’s spreading

You might think you had a good idea what feeling super itchy was like before ever picking up scabies.

But after awhile, there’s no way to lie to yourself any longer.

The itchy feeling we get as sufferers from these mites is horrendous.

A few telltale signs of an early stage scabies infestation:

  • You have a spot or two, maybe a broad area of your body, that will not stop feeling itchy no matter how hard or how often you scratch it. Yes, it doesn’t matter if you spent all night digging your fingernails into your skin. It just won’t. Go. Away.
  • While the itching doesn’t go away completely, if you feel way more itchy at night, then that’s a telltale sign. During the day you are active and distracted. Because of the activity, the mites don’t move as much. And even if they do, you won’t notice them as much. But at night time, that’s when they’re the most active. If it’s terribly itchy and keeping you up at night, it’s probably scabies.
  • It is spreading. For me, it started around my crotch and between my thighs. I thought it was just an allergic reaction or something. Maybe from the clothes i tried on at the mall. But then, it just kept spreading, in all of it’s terribleness, all over my body (accept my face and scalp.) By a few weeks into it, I was consumed in itchiness all over. Don’t wait that long before getting treated.

Sign #2: Rashes. Bumps. Zigzag marks. Oh No!

At first, you were just itchy. Incredibly, excruciatingly and uncomfortably itchy. But just itchy nonetheless.

Then, while you were indulgently digging into your thighs with your nails, you noticed something.

Red bumps? Red lines?

No, not just the redness from your far too intense scratching. A different kind. Like something you unearthed that was there all along beneath your skin.

My friend, this is their marks.

  • Those bumps. Those are their little homes, where they lay their little eggs.
  • Those lines. They are their burrows, where they dig and dig too move around and find greener pastures, ahem – tasty dead skin – to feed on.

If you’ve started to see red marks appear and you are still hesitant to diagnose them as scabies, take a look at where they’re located.

In the beginning those raised little bumps and ridges are likely to appear on parts of your body where the skin folds over itself or touches itself on creases.

Think between your legs, your toes and your fingers. Inside your elbows and wrists. Genital areas and under your breasts, if you’ve any.

Scabies prefer these areas to breed in and call home.

Sign #3: “Wait, am I not the only one around who’s scratching themselves?”

Since you’ve been paying so much attention to your itchy body, you maybe haven’t spent much time looking around at your friends and family.

Or if you have been looking at them, it’s in fear that they might see you acting odd with all your fidgety, itchy maladies.

But take a closer look.

If you do have scabies, they didn’t fall out of the sky.

Someone gave them to you. And chances are that it could be someone close to you. And they are probably showing first signs of an infestation as well.

So take a look around.

Look at your family, at your co-workers, your friends; anyone who comes in close contact with you from day to day.

Are they mindlessly digging into their skin? Are they complaining of a strange itch? Are they expressing lost sleep due to staying up all night scratching? Are they meticulously peering at their skin?

Are they showing early symptoms?

If you encounter others with these symptoms, well, take that as an early sign.

Better yet though, ask them. And tell them what you know about scabies and the early signs we’ve discussed already.

It’s easier to keep quiet and avoid potentially embarrassing subject matter, but if it’s really an infestation happening around you, everyone needs to know.

Everyone needs to get treated or they will likely just re-infest one another.

Sign #4: In the past few months have those in your family traveled or frequented new places?

This isn’t something that can give you insurmountable evidence of an infestation, but it’s a thought provoking question which could give you clues and a stronger conviction that it is in fact scabies that’s bothering you.

Think of all the places you’ve gone lately.

Out of country trips? Out of state trips? Out of home Trips?

All of them.

New gym membership? New daycare for the kids? New animal care clinic? New doctors office visits?

These are all heavily trafficked areas that are often hosts to scabies. For more ideas of places that you might have picked up mites from, check out this post on our How do you get Scabies page.

If there’s one or many potential places that pop into your mind, do some investigating and see if there’s been known issues with scabies there.

Sign #5: There’s confirmed cases of scabies in your community

So we’ve examined quite a few early signs of a scabies infestation.

If you’re still reading then you probably have a good hunch that this is what’s been ailing you.

At this point, if your still worried that it might be all in your head, it’s a good idea to visit or, better yet, make some phone calls to places in your community that you’ve visited in the last 2 or 3 months.

You’re gym maybe, or your child’s daycare.

Just call and ask if there’s been any reported cases of scabies recently.

If they say yes, well, that’s probably a clear sign that your itchy scratchy nights as of late are a sign that you’ve recently picked up our dreaded friends the scabies mite. You’re early symptoms will surely turn into a full blown unbearable infestation if you don’t act soon.

For more information on treating scabies, check out some of our other posts below.

And best of luck to you.

Further Reading: 100 Tips for Scabies Treatment

Further Reading: A Simple 3 Step Guide to Treating Scabies

Further Reading: How to Buy Over The Counter Permethrin Cream Online

Further Reading: A Guidebook to Handling the Itch

Some Quick Tips on How to Clean for Scabies

Cleaning your environment is an essential aspect of a complete scabies cure.

While getting rid of the mites in your skin is challenging enough, what can be even more of a problem is avoiding re infestation.

If you’ve read around a bit on the Topix Scabies forum or elsewhere online then you have undoubtedly read complaints from people along the lines of “Scabies can not be cured” or “Permethrin and Ivermectin won’t work, nothing works!”

But that is far from the truth.

People have been cured, some very quickly, with these medications for decades.

Why these poor people online can’t seem to shake their infestation comes down to two simple factors:

1) They aren’t using the medications correctly. (I’ve already covered that in this post.)

or

2) They aren’t doing a good enough job of keeping their environment clean.

An unclean environment = an constant risk for re-infestation. You don’t want to fall into the same miserable trap as th hopeless people I mentioned before. So let’s go over some tips that will help you to out in your quest for cleanliness.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

#1) Practice Simplicity. Remove unnecessary stuff.

Anything you don’t think is necessary to keep in your life during this process – stow it away.

House hold items like excess furniture, clothes, bedding, towels, rugs, blankets, couches. Store them in a spare room if you can, or if you have no spare room just wrap fabrics up in plastic so they are as easy to disinfect. 

Remember, everything you come in to contact with it’s a good idea to disinfect. All it takes is a squirt bottle that you can carry around, this this permethrin spray.

The more clutter there is the more you have to clean and the more risk that mites will be hiding away. I mention more about this in the post 100 Practical Tips for Scabies.



#2) Deep clean everything

Surfaces – Use disinfectant sprays. Spray down anything you or other infested people come in contact with.

This Permethrin spray is very effective for this. So is Eco Living Scabies & Bed Bug Spray. Make sure to reapply after every use of an item.

Pets – We love our pets and we love to pet our pets. But for our sake all this petting is going to do the opposite of helping us contain the mites – your pet will spread them to whomever they come in contact with.

Though scabies are unlikely to actually live off of your pets bodies it is highly likely that they can carry the mites on their fur for a long time if left there. You don’t want that. 

As a solution you can either get your friends or relatives to pet sit, wear gloves when you pet your animals, or give your animals a good washing. Ideally wash with a strong solution, like this Sulfur concentrate pet dip for baths.

Carpets – With counter tops a quick swipe of a disinfectant will do the trick. Especially if you have thick carpets like shag. It’s a good idea to borrow or buy a steam cleaner.

The heated water and soap will kill off any mites that are currently calling your carpet home, not giving any mites a chance to burrow and wait.