Scabies: 3 Reasons to Avoid scratching Yourself

3 reasons to avoid scratching yourself

The Scabies itch Guidebook:

Here are some reasons to avoid over-itching and damaging your skin.

I know it’s extremely tempting to scratch your skin when you have Scabies. Even that is an understatement, it is RIDICULOUS how much these damn mites make you want to dig into your skin.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

My recommendation is to avoid scratch as much as possible. I know I am going against the grain here by telling you should avoid doing what your body is screaming at you to do – but hear me out.

The 3 reasons are as follows:

1) You will spread the mites, everywhere.

A really big part of eliminating your scabies infestation is containment. You want the mites to stay on/in your skin until your treatments are able to kill them effectively at the source. You don’t want to be spreading the mites all over your house/car/workplace because you will likely reinfect yourself, or even worse infect those around you, which also will likely result in you getting reinfected later on. Not fun.

Every time you scratch your skin you’re likely to pick up mites and dead skin under your nails. Not only will you be spreading the mites across your body, you will be spreading them throughout your environment.

So say you scratch your heavily infested arms; chances are you will get some mites stuck in your fingernails or hand. There they will stay until you scratch yourself somewhere else – say your not so infested ankle – or touch something else in your environment like the door to your car. Now the mites will sit at their new location waiting to be picked up again by their favorite tasty food source (you) or by a new, unsuspecting poor soul.

In addition, with heavy scratching the mites and dead skin can be introduced into the open air. They will either fall directly to the ground and contaminate your carpet/couch, or they will catch a draft and float to who knows where. 

This is tremendously problematic because the mites can live for multiple days without food. This is doubly problematic if they are attached to pieces of dead skin as their lifespan will extend even longer because they have a food source to nibble on (your dead skin cells) for days to come.

2) You will put added stress on your skin.

Having scabies is rough on the skin. I mean bugs living in your skin, slurping your blood and leaving allergenic debris in their wake. Destructive, gross and nightmarish.

When you scratch at your skin you are only burying those issues deeper. You are embedding the scabies and their excrement deeper into the layers of your skin and you run the risk of secondary infection from opening up new wounds.

So while it’s temporarily relieving when you scratch (and I mean very temporary), you are actually just creating more damage and more potential for itching down the road since you will have to deal with skin irritation for longer. This also means you will have a harder time deciphering real scabies from post scabies since you will be guaranteed to continue to feel itchy long after the scabies have been killed off.

3) You will likely only make the itching worse.

I’ve already eluded to this. But yeah, pretty straight forward. The only thing scratching yourself provides is momentary pleasure.

It doesn’t make the itch go away – it actually makes it more intense.

The temporary relief it provides is nice but it also ensures continued long term discomfort. It could even help to spread the infestation.

10 Anti-itch remedies for scabies

10 anti itch remedies for scabies

Learn about a collection of natural remedies (like calamine lotion) to reduce itchiness

The Scabies itch Guidebook:

Here is a quick list of remedies to greatly reduce itchiness

1.) Use Caladryl (calamine) lotion

Caladryl is very effective itch reducer. You may have encountered it when visiting your grandparent’s house when you were a kid, as Caladryl has been used for generations to treat all kinds of itchiness. 

Oddly enough, this lotion has lost favor over recent decades. It has been mysteriously pulled from shelves of major suppliers and replaced by larger brand moisturizers.

This is not necessarily a good thing! In fact, it shows that Caladryl is, in fact, a worthy competitor to anti-itch lotions that the big industries are pushing.

I found this lotion to be the most effective that I tried for scabies. Highly recommended. You can check it out here.

2.) Shower in cold / lukewarm water instead of hot water.

Your hot showers might feel relieving, but they are likely to make the itchiness worse. Unfortunately.

This is because excessively hot water quickly dries out and irritates the skin. If you instead bathe in cold water you will soothe your skin as well as keeping the natural balance of oils (like sebum) intact.

Your skin is already suffering, don’t make it worse with irritating heat.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

If you cannot handle cold water showers then start out warm and gradually decrease the temperature until it is just enough that you can bear it.

This is a challenge for people who love their hot showers, so if you are one of those people and are unwilling to go cold, at least consider turning down the temperature a few notches and ending your shower with cold water to cool off the skin.

It seriously helps.

3.) Be picky about your soaps and detergents. 

Commercial soaps can also strip off your skin of natural oils.

Most of the soaps in the supermarket have ingredients that are known skin irritants and often create inflammation and eczema-like symptoms.

Soaps that have these ingredients include Dial, Irish Spring, Neutrogena, Axe, Old Spice, Bed Bath & Beyond…

By avoiding the irritants and instead using a soap that will reduce your scabies symptoms you will make you feel much better.

I recommend that you instead use a sulfur soap cleansing bar that will help keep the mites at bay.

4.) Pop an antihistamine. 

Antihistamines block your bodies histamine response to allergens.

Taking an antihistamine will temporarily relieve your itch because the itch of scabies is caused by your bodies allergic reaction to the mites and their debris.

It is good to take antihistamines before bed if you are really losing sleep because of the condition.

Chlorophen-12 is a very effective antihistamine and comes in 12-hour extended-release tablets. You can find it here.

You could also pick up Benadryl tablets and/or Benadryl skin cream.

5.) Try soaking in a colloidal oatmeal bath

Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. It has properties that comfort the itch very well.

When added to bathwater, it creates a milky cloud that stays in the water and doesn’t just sink to the bottom of the bath. Since it is ground so finely it sets into the skin, nourishing it and keeping the itch away.

Run your bath with lukewarm water, and while the tub is filling, add a packet (two to three cups) of colloidal oatmeal under the faucet to help disperse the oatmeal.

You may have the urge to take a hot bath, but this will only irritate the skin and remove moisture from your body, so a warm bath is preferable.

Some good ingredients to add to your oatmeal bath are, of course, colloidal oatmeal, then baking soda and coconut oil will add a nice finishing touch to the bath that also really helps out your skin.

Feel free to take upwards of three baths a day. After a long soak, it is good to wash off a bit in cold water to keep your skin nice and cool. 

*Note: Some people have moderate to severe gluten allergies. If this is your case try out a gluten-free option for this oatmeal bath. Here is a link to a gluten free colloidal bath packet.

6.) Take Epsom salt baths.

Another great soaking option for the itch is to take an epsom salt bath.

Epsom salts, also called magnesium-sulphate, reduce inflammation, help keep your mineral contents in check (it is important to get enough magnesium, especially if you are taking calcium, as calcium can diminish magnesium amounts in the body.

If you like to take a super hot bath that is okay, as the heat will help the salts to absorb into your skin better, but it could also leave your skin a bit dryer than you’d like. To remedy this be sure to rinse off in cold water after your bath to keep your skin comfortable. 

Feel free to add other ingredients to your bath. Baking soda is always a good option, as well as oils like neem oil, jojoba oil, and tee trea essential oil.

7.) Drink lots of water

Pretty straight forward.

You are made of water and you need to keep ingesting it so your body stays healthy.

This especially holds true for the health of your skin! 

It’s pretty much guaranteed that if you don’t drink enough water your skin will be dry and you will be itchier. 

I don’t have a specific amount of water that I recommend. That’s because we all have different bodies and require different amounts. Also food plays a role, as some people meet their water requirements more easily by eating water rich foods like fruits.

Just drink enough! Also, carrying a water bottle around makes it 10 times easier.

8.) Clean up your diet

Some foods will make people more prone to itchy skin. 

Issues like psoriasis and dermatitis are often food related, and what you eat could make the difference between skin that is ravaged by itchiness and skin which doesn’t react hardly as much.

Overall you want to avoid foods that contain natural histamines (your body is already creating enough to combat the mites) and foods that you are allergic too.

Here is a list of foods you might want to avoid or cut down on during your scabies infestation because they are high in histamines:

  • Red wine
  • Aged cheese
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fermented foods (sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt)
  • Bacon (and other cured meats)
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Artificial food colors and preservatives
  • Spices
  • Alcohol
  • Vinegar

Other foods that commonly cause allergic reactions, often involving skin irritation include:

  • Tree Nuts
  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • colorings, additives

9.) Wear the right materials.

Clothing matters when it comes to keeping the itch at bay.

It’s hard not to become hypersensitive to what materials affects your skin while you have Scabies. Here I will list some to avoid and some to wear.

Clothing materials to avoid: 

  • New clothes, regardless of materials. They often have additives (ex. formaldehyde) on them to avoid creasing,
  • Latex
  • Wool
  • overly tight clothes

Materials to wear:

  • cotton
  • dye free / perfume free 
  • silk
  • linen
  • Loose clothing

10.) Stay cool.

Try to stay away from hot and muggy environments. Sticky and sweaty = itchy. 

Turn on your AC if it’s hot. Take a cool shower if you’re hot. Shed layers if needed.

Do what you can to keep your skin at a comfortable temperature at all times.

 

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Scabies: A guidebook to handling the itch.

Links to the guide below

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Section #1: 10 Anti-itch remedies for Scabies

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Section #2: Scabies: Three Reasons to Avoid Scratching Yourself

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Section #3: How to Itch Your Skin Without Spreading the Mites

How to Buy Over the Counter Permethrin Cream Online

Update: You can Purchase permethrin cream here.

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How to Buy 5% Permethrin Cream Online (OTC) for Scabies

TL;DR: Purchase permethrin cream here.

I’ll be blunt here. Scabies can make people miserable. You are going through some tough times.

I know this because I’ve been there.

I’ve been up all night anxiously itching and worrying about bugs.

Afraid to touch others and completely preoccupied with the infection.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

I never want to be stuck like that again.

If you’re like most scabies sufferers you want to find scabies treatments over the counter.

Even though 5% permethrin cream for scabies can be bought it Walmart and Walgreens, it needs to be prescribed by a doctor.

This can frustrating because getting a prescription can be elusive.

The majority of health practitioners simply do not understand the infestation we are dealing with and end up reluctant to diagnose the condition for what it is.

Because of this:

  • Doctors sometimes refuse to prescribe the correct treatment, even when it is needed
  • Doctors refuse to prescribe the right amount of treatment. This happens a lot with larger families.

This leaves you wondering where can I buy permethrin cream if I don’t have a doctors note?

In this post, we cover how to get your permethrin cream over the counter, without a doctor.

where can I buy 5% permethrin cream for scabies

Okay, so where to purchase 5% permethrin cream online?

Update 5/10/2018

Lately, vendors for OTC permethrin cream have been hard to come by.

Right now you can buy it here on eBay.

If you’re in the USA prepare to wait a week for your shipment. You can always expedite shipping. The good thing about eBay is the permethrin cream is its relatively inexpensive price. You’d be paying a lot more for it elsewhere.

*UPDATE*1/2/18 right now you can also find 5% permethrin cream here on Amazon, but note: these listings tend to not last long. Also, note that the cream on Amazon ships from Sri Lanka so it will take a few weeks to get there. The eBay option will arrive sooner, so I recommend it above the Amazon option.

Amazon vendors have started to carry the same 5% Permethrin cream that the doctors prescribe. Because of this, there is no need to go to trudge to the doctor’s office and pay co-pay bills.

No prescription is necessary. You don’t even have to leave your house.

This is especially helpful for those who:

  • Have a doctor who refuses to believe that you have scabies.
  • Don’t have health insurance to pay the higher costs.
  • Are interested in avoiding the hassle at the doctor’s office.

Take a deep breath, your misery will soon be over.

Remember you can always buy Permethrin spray on Amazon to clean surfaces and liquid permethrin to mix your own cream with. I recommend you use the spray to clean any surfaces that infested people have come in contact with.

You can also buy the raw ingredients to make your own permethrin cream (you’ll find that information below).

Making Your Own 5% Permethrin Cream for Scabies

Recently, a video was uploaded to YouTube that guides you on how to make your own 5% lotion.

In the video, you find out how to mix your own ingredients and make permethrin cream otc yourself. It won’t be just like the pre-made cream (it can often turn out a bit runny), but it should be enough to help cure you!

Making your own Permethrin is best if you have a large family to treat and want to be sure you know exactly what ingredients have gone into your treatment.

If you are treating multiple people it will cost more than $2 like what is said in the video, but overall it could be cheaper to make it yourself. Just follow the guide make sure you get the portions correct.

I would add the video to this post, but the person who made the video has disabled embedding. So here is the direct link to Youtube. Nevermind, the video has recently been set to private. Hopef,ully that changes.

Here is how to mix the permethrin mixture on your own:

To make our own lotion we’ll be mixing 10% multipurpose Permethrin cream with a lotion.

So we want 5% permethrin lotion, just like the prescription.

Now to get the correct mixture we just follow these ratios:

(so, equal parts.)

This effectively dilutes the permethrin to 5% while adding lotion, which makes it easily applicable.

Done!

Once you have the medication it is really important that you know how to use it correctly.

For example, you MUST take the necessary precautions to keep the bugs out of your environment so you don’t get re-infested again right after treatment.

The steps to cure yourself with permethrin cream are pretty basic, but the precautions can be easily overlooked.

Basic tips are:

  • Cover your ENTIRE body with the cream. Leave no area untreated. You never know where the bugs are, they could easily be in places that you miss (think webs of toes, under feet, any crevices…)
  • Let the Permethrin stay on your skin between 8-14 hours. This is the most effective time, if you wash it off too soon it might not kill all of the mites.
  • Makes sure to clean your environment thoroughly. This means changing clothes/sheets after every use and disinfecting often
  • Really consider complementing your permethrin treatment with simultaneous doses of Ivermectin.

You can find more information like this in the post How to get rid of Scabies at Home Fast).

And here is a short video I made about the use of Permethrin cream:

How to use the Cream

That’s it for this post on buying permethrin otc. If you need additional advice be sure to check out the rest of the blog.

May you all be cured and heal quickly!

Best of luck.

More Thoughts on doctors

I’ve found one of the biggest issues scabies sufferers encounter is grossly uninformed doctors. Many of them don’t diagnose or treat scabies properly.

With some doctors, no matter how much we tell them about our pain and suffering is due to scabies, they will just brush it off as eczema or allergies.

Or if they do believe us – and we get the medication initially – some of us are still unable to clear the infestation in our first try; especially when we don’t take the necessary precautions.

After one round of treatment, your doctor might just assume you are cured and will not budge on the matter. It’s sad to hear cases of doctors refusing to believe that a patient is still infested when they are giving constant pleas for help.

The doctors just don’t get it. They haven’t been through what you’ve been through. They can’t see that it’s not always that easy to kill these mites.

This not only bad for us but for the epidemic of scabies in general – more days of infestation mean more potential to spread the condition. This only creates more misery for ourselves and other people. Knowing I spread scabies to my friends and family was one of the worst feelings ever.

Up until recently, it was hard to buy Permethrin Cream online. You’d have to deal with some shady e-commerce website and you didn’t know for sure if you’d get real treatment.

But thankfully, it’s now easier to find permethrin cream over the counter for your scabies treatment.

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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! 

Post Scabies: What to Expect After Your Treatment & Cure

So you’re cured of the mites. Congratulations!

It’s a big win to beat this plague. It’s not easy, but you did it. Huge sigh of relief.

In this post, we’ll talk about what to expect and what to do next after the mites.

1.) What to expect after Scabies

After the fight is over and the smoke has cleared you’re likely left with some lingering skin issues (and perhaps some trauma).

Sometimes your skin can still feel like it’s crawling for weeks after eradication. It can even be hard to tell if your scabies symptoms are going away.

Even after you’ve successfully rid yourself of the mites you can still experience:

  • Post-scabies rash
  • Post-scabies bumps that come and go
  • Post-scabies nodules
  • Scabs (especially if you scratched a lot)
  • Residual itchiness
  • Dry, irritated skin

Post-Scabies Rash

This can last anywhere from a week to two months.

The areas you had the most intense infestations – for me this was my thighs – are the most likely to have lingering rashes.

Post-Scabies Nodules/Bumps that Come and Go

Even though the mites are dead their debris is there.

Dead mites, dead eggs, excrement.

These are all very itchy and will take time for your body to process/purge.

At different times you’re likely to see bumps coming and going.

Make absolutely sure though that it bumps that you are already familiar with.

If you see new bumps or new track marks then, unfortunately, you might not be cured or have become reinfested.

Scabs

If your skin was really irritated during your infestation and you scratched a lot then you might have scabs.

It’s recommended for those with scabies to not scratch because of this, and it can spread the mites.

If you have scabs at this point then you can treat and nourish your skin.

More on how to do that later in this post.

Residual Itchiness

You will likely still feel itchy for at least a few weeks post scabies.

For me and some of the people close to me who got infested, it took 2+ months for our skin to return to normal.

As always, avoid scratching. You can follow the directions later in those post to subdue the itch.

Dry, Irritated Skin

After all of that turmoil with scabies, your skin is likely left dry and irritated.

All of the treatments, either natural, pharmaceutical, or both leave a toll on the skin.

Especially if you took a lot of hot baths or utilized chemicals.

At this point, it will take your skin some time to restore itself and return to a natural and healthy state.

Scabies Scars

If you excessively scratched your itchy skin during your infestation you likely created skin abrasions.

If uncared for these abrasions can turn into scars.

You don’t want those.

Read further to learn ways to heal your skin and prevent scars from forming.

How to Make Your Skin Look and Feel Good Again

Hopefully, you’re experiencing very few of the issues I listed above.

At any rate, your skin has been through so much lately!

Now that the mite crisis has been averted it’s time to show it some love. The better you take care of it the quicker it will return to normal and stop being itchy/looking embarrassing. Even if it’s not so bad it still could use some TLC.

First, you should avoid common irritants that can slow the healing process.

–   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.

–   Avoid over bathing. A well-nourished body maintains its own skin support. Washing too much disturbs the body’s skin maintenance procedures.

–   Steer clear of synthetic soap additives. – skin irritating additives are found in almost all major brands that are producing bathing products. Dial, Proctor & Gamble, herbal essences . . . you name it. Look for natural, non-irritant skin products to restore your skin with (more on that below).

1.) Nourish your Tired Skin with These Healthy Creams and Oils

Coldwaterthis is perhaps the best thing you can provide for your skin. It’s been hot and irritated from the mites. Cold water hydrates and closes your pores to promote healing. Limit washing and favor cold water when you do. At a minimum, you should end your showers with a cold rinse.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil also provides cooling nourishment. Coconut is cooling and great for the body, inside and out. The natural fats it provides soak right into your skin and help it re-establish itself. Apply it wherever (and whenever) you want relief. Buy it here.

A Naturally Formulated Skin Cream – I recommend a popular cream from Puriya called Mother of All Creams (Buy it here). It provides instant relief for dry and itchy skin. Its strength is in restoring skin health long term. It’s ingredients are anti-inflammatory, cell-growth promoting and anti-allergenic. It will hydrate, soften and restore your skin and it’s natural barrier function. No harmful chemicals.

Some other moisturizing and restorative oils include:

All are very beneficial and pure products that nourish skin. 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 left over mite 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 Epsom salts I used.

2) Diet & Nutrition

Really try avoiding junk food while you heal your skin.

Unhealthy foods create inflammation which will reflect in your skin.

Instead focus on cooling, nutrient-rich nourishing foods.

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 how to make bone broth. 

You can also buy gelatin online here. It comes powdered and you can mix it into drinks and soups. 

Colostrum

Colostrum provides a powerhouse of immune support. This is because it’s clinically proven to bolster the immune response and helps restore the gastrointestinal 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 skeletomuscular 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 a more youthful appearance

Same as for colostrum, the best source for collagen is from grass-fed cows. You can find it here.

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 its effects on the skin and bodily function. Green pastures make the best product on the market. You can buy it here.

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)

Vitamin B5 is another skin restoring powerhouse – amazingly effective for acne, but also important for general skin ailments. 

Pantothenic Acid plays an important role in energy storage and releases 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. Its 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

You can find supplemental evening primrose oil here.

Evening primrose oil is one of the 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. You can find it here. 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 with 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 trillion 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 affect 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 rarer 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
  • Brussels sprouts

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

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 to your skin than good.

For one, hot showers will not help kill scabies.  Instead, it will just 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 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 from 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 live scabies mites 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 on this 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 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 lukewarm 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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