3 Fast Facts about Tea Tree Oil and Scabies

Tea Tree Oil and Scabies

Updated 3/10/2018

Should I use Tea Tree Oil for Scabies?

There’s a lot of debate concerning what works to kill scabies mites.

Anti-viral essential oils like, tea tree and clove, are common considerations. Especially for people who prefer a natural remedy for scabies.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

Tea tree oil certainly makes sense. It’s been used for thousands of years as a disinfectant and antiseptic. Tea tree is effective for the treatment of candida and all sorts of infections – including ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothaches, and pyorrhea. This is not an exhaustive list, either. It’s just plain powerful stuff.

Its 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).

But the most important question for scabies is:

Is tea tree oil effective at entirely eliminating scabies mites?

Below we’ve listed three of the most important questions and considerations concerning tea tree oil and scabies.

does tea tree oil kill scabies?

1.) Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Scabies Mites?

Yes, it does. When scabies mites come in contact with tea tree oil they die.

But, there’s a catch.

It is true that, if properly exposed, tea tree oil will kill scabies mites. And according to clinical studies, they die fast.

This issue is that it is difficult to properly expose the mites to the oil.

Our skin and all of its layer provide a challenge that a controlled petri dish does not. 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 they are protected by more than just skin layers.

There’s a bigger issue still.

Scabies mites secrete a chemical concoction via their saliva that shields them from chemical attack.

Scabies mites aren’t so dumb, after all. They still plague us in the 21st century for a reason.

They’re evolved for this. They know how to protect themselves.

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.

And they don’t always have to come to the surface if they don’t want to.

Because scabies have 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 things ever, I wish I could tell you that it gets easier)

Their eggs are even MORE protected.

That adorable little mite that’s yet to hatch is protected by an eggshell that can withstand most things thrown at it.

2.) Can Tea Tree Essential Oil Cure my Scabies?

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.

Unfortunately, scabies mites burrow deep enough into the skin to hide from essential oils.

The protective saliva barrier they use to protect themselves and their eggs makes their eradication harder still

I learned this first hand the hard way when I was infested. I tried natural approaches to cure scabies for multiple months. Lots of neem, clove, coconut and tea tree oil. But the infestation lingered.

And what did I get out my tea tree use? More months of scabies.  And now whenever I smell it I’m reminded of scabies. Not the best association to have.

The best way to kill scabies (and the only way that we recommend on this site) 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 (And other Essential Oils) Can Help with Scabies

With all of that said, tea tree still has a lot to offer in your treatment regimen.

Tea tree and the vast majority of natural treatments won’t be able to kill the eggs. No, it won’t cure your infestation. But tea tree’s outstanding properties are great for supporting your skin. It’s called “first aid in a bottle” for a reason.

Tea tree oil can be used as an all natural disinfectant that can be used to treat the outside of your skin and your environment.

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

Make a Pillow / Mattress Wipe

Wipe your mattresses and Pillows with a mixture of:

Tea tree Essential oil

Lavender Essential oil

Dilute oil with warm water.

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

Blend your Own Essential Oil Scabies Ointment

If you don’t want to gather all of these ingredients, use what you prefer.

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

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

Note that this ointment will help the symptoms, but not be a cure by itself!

Hopefully this article helped you. If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please let us know in the comment section below!

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 its terribleness, all over my body (except 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 mites 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 oddly 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 often are host 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 there have been known issues with scabies there.

Sign #5: There are 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 there have 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. Your 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

10 Quick Tips on How to Clean for Scabies

how to clean for scabies

Updated 3/10/2018

Keeping a clean environment is an essential component of your scabies cure.

While getting rid of the mites in your skin is challenging enough, it can be even more challenging trying to avoid 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 cannot 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 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 = a constant risk for re-infestation.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

You don’t want to fall into the same miserable trap as the hopeless people I mentioned before. So let’s go over some tips that will help you to out in your quest for cleanliness.

simplify declutter your stuff

1.) Remove Unnecessary Stuff from Your Environment

Consider it an opportunity to practice simplicity.

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

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

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.

deep clean everything

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 mites 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.

does lysol kill scabies

3.) Does Lysol Kill Scabies?

This is a common question I get.

Lysol is a powerful disinfectant and will kill scabies on surfaces.

Ultimately permethrin spray is my top recommendation for cleaning surfaces. But I recommend Lysol as well.

Use Lysol or Lysol wipes to clean tables, handrails, car surfaces. Any surface you’ve touched while infected.

what is the best scabies spray

4.) What is the Best Scabies Spray?

If you’re going to be cleaning your environment with a disinfectant spray you want to use the best ones.

The most important thing, of course, is to use a spray that kills the mites on contact.

Below are the top recommended sprays for scabies:

how to get rid of scabies on mattresses

5.) How to Get Rid of Scabies on Mattresses

The first thing you’ll want to do is cover your mattress.

Give your mattress a quick spray with some Lysol/permethrin cream/alcohol

Place a mite-proof zippered mattress encasement keeps over your mattress to completely keep the mites away from it.

You can purchase protective mattress covers for all bed sizes here.

Alternatively, you can purchase an air mattress with a plastic cover built in. These are easy to sanitize on a daily basis with Lysol, disinfectant wipes etc.

Now that your mattress is covered you can sleep on it.

Your daily ritual while infested should be to put on fresh sheets every morning. Don’t sleep on the same sheets twice.

Use some bleach or tea tree oil in the wash cycle. Dry all of your sheets on HIGH heat and for a long cycle before using them again.

how long can scabies live in a mattress

6.) How long Can Scabies Live in a Mattress?

Scabies can live for two weeks or more without a human host.

It does depend on the surface though.

A countertop, for example, isn’t a great host place for scabies. They’ll likely die before two weeks there.

But a mattress provides a nice temporary home for the mites. It provides safety and often provides food. All of the dead skin cells that slough off onto our mattresses provide sustenance for the mites while they are waiting for the next human host.

Gross huh?

All the more reason to put a zippered mattress encasement over your bed like mentioned previously.

If your mattress is likely to already be infested I recommend not using it. If it’s your only mattress then put a zippered case over it and don’t take it off until at least a month after you’re cured.

how long does scabies last on furniture

7.) How long Does Scabies Last on Furniture?

Scabies can live on furniture for two weeks or more.

Scabies mites prefer to have a human host but without one they can still hang out and live for quite awhile.

If you think you have scabies mites on any your furniture you should either store it away until the infestation is over with (at least 3 weeks after) or you should clean your furniture regularly after each use.

how to get rid of scabies on furniture

8.) How to Get Rid of Scabies on Furniture

In an ideal world, you could easily wash and sanitize your furniture with scabies compatible surface cleaner spray.

Unfortunately, many people have upholstered furniture. This type of furniture is much harder and more time-consuming to clean.

If you have upholstered furniture I recommend covering them with a vinyl cover or covering them with sheets. You must clean these surfaces after every use. Vinyl cover with surface cleaner and sheets in the wash with high heat.

If you have plastic furniture stored away this is a great time to bring it out and put your fancier, harder to clean furniture in storage for a little while.

Just be sure whenever you use your furniture that you clean it after. Either wash your protective coverings or clean the surface directly.

does rubbing alcohol kill scabies?

9.) Does Rubbing Alcohol Kill Scabies?

Yes, rubbing alcohol can kill scabies on direct contact.

You can use rubbing alcohol when cleaning your environment.

Rubbing alcohol is not recommended for treating your skin, though.

For that permethrin cream and internal ivermectin are recommended.

how long can scabies live on clothes

10.) How Long can Scabies Live on Clothes?

Scabies can live on clothes for two weeks or longer.

If you have clothes that might be infested with scabies you should either:

A.) Put them in a trash bag and store them away for at least a month. Ideally a month and a half. You should only bring them out after you’ve been cured.

B.) If you don’t want to put them in temporary storage you should clean your infested clothes regularly. Never wear the same clothes twice in a row. Wear them once and clean them before wearing again.

Make sure when washing contaminated clothes to dry with HIGH heat on a long cycle.

How to Avoid Losing Sleep From Scabies

Sleepless nights can be one of the worst symptoms of Scabies

If having Scabies isn’t already stressful enough – then add on weeks of ruined sleep schedules.

With such a ridiculous amount of missed Zzz’s you’ll likely be in a huge pit of despair. I know the feeling very well.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

How to prevent losing sleep from Scabies

While it isn’t possible to entirely get rid of the itch associated with the mites, there are some things you can do.

These solutions include being very proactive about reducing your bodies allergic reaction which causes the itch, as well as keeping your skin cool and healthy.

Learn about methods for counteracting the itch

In my post 10 Anti-Itch Remedies For Scabies I’ve laid out a thorough list of effective ways to soothe your skin and reduce internal reactions involving your bodies histamine response (which is what leads you to feel itchy).

If you follow all of those tips there is a good chance you’ll be able to diminish some of the intensity of your itch and sleep scratch free through the night.

But this isn’t always the case – a lot of people have very strong reactions to scabies mites, and need additionally help if they don’t want to go mad from sleep deprivation.



Invest in a healthy sleep aid

I stand by the benefits of melatonin and magnesium for sleep, and a great natural sleep aid by Prime Choices has a good dosage of both, as well as some other sleep promoters like valarian root, Vitamin B6 & Chamomile

Find Prime Choices Nutrition – Deeper Sleep on Amazon.

Conclusion

I hope this post helped you find ways to get a good sleep during your infestation. Though it isn’t the most important thing in dealing with scabies (having the right treatment regimen is) having good rest gives you some peace of mind that is so easily lost while you are fighting these horrendous mites.

 

How do You Get Scabies in the First Place?

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There are two kinds of people that land on this page.

Either you’re:

A.) Just curious about scabies because you’ve heard about them.

or

B.) You are infested, or your friends/family are infested, and you’re freaking out trying to figure out how this happened.

I hope, for your sake, that you fall into category A.

If you fall into dreadful category B, then I pity you.

You are probably wondering how did I get scabies? How do you catch scabies in the first place? Where do you get scabies from? How exactly does one get scabies?

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

It’s a lot of questions. It’s already hard enough just having to deal with your infestation now that you have it.

But luckily, this page (and website) was made for you.

How do you catch scabies?

The minute you found out you had the mites you were probably wondering where the hell did these things come from!?

No doubt you’ve racked your brain trying to figure out just who – or where – gave you the gift of these little demons.

  • Can I get scabies from hugging someone?
  • How easy is to to get/catch scabies? Did I just touch some person or surface once and get them?

Finding out how you contracted this menacing bug might prove elusive.

But it’s a good idea to do some detective work.

If you know where they came from you can better avoid getting reinfestation once you’ve cured yourself.

So where are Scabies mites most often found?

13 places you’re most likely to contract scabies

Mites will sit without a host for days waiting for a new one. They can idle for weeks as long as they were left on a surface that is hospitable for them.

You have the highest likelihood of picking up the mites in highly populated places and places that aren’t cleaned frequently.

Crowded spaces could be pretty broad, so let’s look at specific establishments.

#1) The gym

I’m pretty sure this is where I picked them up.. damn local YMCA.

In the gym, you encounter plenty of shared surfaces:

  • weights
  • workout machines
  • mats
  • showers
  • saunas
  • locker rooms

Plenty of risk areas for mites.

Also, many people use the provided towels, which are not always cleaned thoroughly under hot enough temperatures.

Tips:

  • Avoid going to the gym if you pick up or ever hear of anyone else picking up the mites. You don’t want to spread them and you don’t want them to spread to you.
  • Bring your own towels. bring enough towels so that you can dry off and use them to sit on if you choose to use the sauna or sit down on a bench.

#2) School

Again, lots of people and lots of shared surfaces. Also, kids aren’t known for being very clean. 

Tips: 

  • If you have children or are a student yourself be very aware of any health updates your school is putting out. When cases of scabies break out the administrations in most schools will take some preventative measures and warn their students.
  • Be pretty clean yourself. Carry around sanitizer and use your own towels if you are in the gym often. There’s not much else you can do other than this.

#3) Your workplace

If your work environment has a lot of people then it is a likely target for the spread of mites.

Be mindful of a potential spreading of the mites across your office and request that your coworkers get treated if the mites show up.

#4) Communal housing

When people live together pretty much everything is shared virus wise. 

When you share the same couches, same bathrooms, same kitchen and same everything else pretty much all of your colds and anything else transmittable will spread.

Tips: At the very first sign of infestation get everyone treated in your living space.

If you hesitate to treat everyone then there is a high chance that your time with the mites will be prolonged. 

#5) Hotels, Motels, and hostels

I read a lot of stories from families who picked up scabies while traveling. It seems to be very common, especially in hostels. 

Tip: Read reviews of the places you stay at. Often times a Yelp review can save you from staying in a place notorious for having scabies. If a facility isn’t kept clean then it is unlikely to be approved unless it changes management.

#6) Nurseries and daycare

Again, bugs get spread very easily among children. With all of the hands-on play and sharing of clothes, a whole group can become infected before symptoms are even seen.

#7) Traveling hubs

Travel hubs like airports and train stations bring a lot of people together. They all pile into small forms of transportation. Also buses, rental cars, etc. These are another easy place to spread mites.

Bunk beds anyone?

#8) Picking up hitchhikers

I’m not profiling here. I actually really like hitchhiking. BUT, for those living an on the road lifestyle, it is often hard to get treatment so they tend to have the bugs longer.

Moving around like this they also have a higher likelihood of picking up mites in the first place.

#9) Hospitals

Although they appear to be incredibly sterile environments, hospitals stays are actually a very common way to contract scabies. With overworked staff often unable to handle upkeep for each patient to have a clean visit.

For such conventionally clean establishments, hospitals can host their fair share of bugs.

#10) Retirement homes

People enter retirement homes right around the time their ability for self-care declines. For this reason, mites can easily spread amongst the elderly in a communal living arrangement. Poor folks.

#11) thrift stores

Sifting through a thrift store clothing rack is quite obviously going to expose you to a lot of potential pathogens and bugs. 

I know I view thrift stores in a much different light after having scabies! Who knows what’s lurking on those racks.

Tip: If you’re buying clothes from a thrift store consider bringing them home and washing them BEFORE you try them on. I know it’s an inconvenience, but so is scabies.

#12) Locker Rooms

You remember that time the whole high school wrestling team got jock itch? Well, it could have just as easily been scabies. 

#13) Homeless Shelters

Homeless people are far less likely than others to find the resources to cure themselves of scabies. So sadly, it spreads amongst them quickly. Lots of volunteers at these shelters have picked up scabies on the job. Bad cases of crusted scabies can be found here.

Conclusion

If you have or have had scabies it is a really good idea to try to find out where they came from so you can stay away. Also, do everything you can to inform others so they don’t have to go through what we did.

How about you? Do you know where you picked up scabies?

Let us know in the comment section below.

100 Practical Tips for Scabies Treatment

100 practical tips for scabies

There is a lot to know when it comes to treating scabies mites.

Not only is there a lot to know, there is also a lot of questionable advice given online about treating the dreaded mites. Just browse the Topix scabies forum for some examples of this.

There are a lot of people on these forums and online that bring misguided, highly emotional advice to the table.

While there is a good deal of helpful info available, there is also some BS you need to sift through. And if you are new to this whole thing it’s really hard to discern what is good or bad advice.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

I know it took me forever to get a good grasp on understanding scabies, but by the end of it, I could see clearly what works and what doesn’t.

So without further adieu, here are 100 tips for dealing with scabies.

Tip #1) Be sure you actually have scabies.

Before freaking out too much you should check out the Google Image search for Scabies.

It’s not pretty, but really take a look and discern whether those physical signs match up with yours.

There are other potential problems you are having such as eczema, ringworm, bird mites, Morgellons, impetigo, drug reactions, contact dermatitis… etc.

The most telltale sign is the track marks (repeated dotted lines). If you have those then you know you’re in for it.

Tip #2) Avoid spreading Scabies from person to person (it’s easy to spread)

Some doctors will tell you that Scabies can only be contracted from close and continuous physical contact.

This is definitely not true.

Every time an infested person touches something – anything – there is a chance they are leaving behind mites that someone else could pick up.

A glass, a remote, clothes, a computer, a cell phone, a water bottle, a doorknob… the list goes on.

You can get infested that easy.

Just touch one of those things and you could be picking up scabies.

So if you are now that infested person please be very cautious. You don’t want to spread this.

bleach bath for scabies

will bleach kill my scabies?

Tip #3) On using bleach for Scabies (bleach baths)

Bleach baths are often recommended online for scabies treatment.

Sometimes even healthcare professionals will recommend it.

Unfortunately, bleach baths will not cure you of scabies. In helping hundreds of people I’ve yet to hear it having enough positive effects to warrant it’s use.

In fact, if you use bleach you’re likely to cause yourself even further skin damage. If severely overused bleach can be absorbed in enough quantity to cause internal damage. 

I recommend that you entirely avoid using bleach for scabies.

Use effective treatments to cure your scabies (ivermectin & permethrin) and natural remedies to soothe your skin and reduce itchiness.

Tip #3) Natural Remedies will not cure you of scabies.

Not on their own at least.

Take a look below at this photo from the scabies photos page:

As you can see, scabies mites like to travel underneath the skin, often well below the surface layers. This where they make their nests and lay their eggs.

Because the mites are so protected they can nullify the potency of most recommended natural remedies (think clove oil, diatomaceous earth etc.) Even if they are powerful enough to kill many mites it is highly unlikely that they will reach the very well protected eggs.

 I’ve made a video addressing this here.

Some natural treatments that are not likely to cure you are:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Naturasil soaps
  • Neem oil
  • oregano oil
  • cayenne
  • diatomaceous earth
  • Clove oil
  • Sulfur. While sulfur can kill off large swaths of your infestation I would NEVER rely exclusively on it for treatment. You really need to use ivermectin and permethrin.

Tip #4) Fact: You can have Scabies but not be very itchy.

This happened to me.

When I first got infested it was hell. I started getting really itchy between my thighs and eventually, it spread to my entire body. You know the drill.

After a while though (about 6 months worth of failed treatments) the visual signs of scabies, as well as the typical high rate of itchiness, subsided I thought that maybe one of the treatments finally worked. (I was using more natural remedy approaches like sulfur and neem at this point.)

But alas, I was wrong. Over the next couple months, I unknowingly continued to carry around mites which led to a couple of my good friends getting infected themselves. This was really devastating to me.

Some people are completely asymptomatic. They carry the mites but never have symptoms, or have them much later than what is typical.

Very unfortunate. So always be on your toes.

Tip #5)  Embrace a minimalistic environment

Decluttering your living areas is essential. It will really help to keep the infestation under control.

The fewer things you have around you the easier it is to contain an infestation. This is a very basic and straightforward tip that many people ignore.

The more things you touch, the more things you have to disinfect if you want to keep your environment Scabies free.

While you are dealing with this thing try to keep all you’re possessions that aren’t completely necessary stored away. Bag them up or just put them in a place where you won’t have to worry about them.

This means less washing, less spraying/disinfecting and less to think about.

You can bring them all back out later. Ideally 3+ weeks after you’ve been cured.

Tip #6) Use Ivermectin and Permethrin

Ivermectin and Permethrin are the best treatments options to kill mites on your body.

This is cut and dry. These medications do the job, everything else falls short (always open to hearing about successful alternatives, though).

If you don’t want to mess around with these mites, then go straight to your doctor and get prescribed or go online and buy these treatments over the counter.

I can tell you this after trying other methods of curing scabies and being disappointed each time. The closest I got to a natural cure was with sulfur, but it didn’t completely resolve the condition. You don’t want to go through what I went through!

You can buy permethrin cream online here.

Tip #7) Ivermectin and Permethrin are safer than some people realize

When I first got into treating myself for scabies I fell into the logic that Ivermectin and Permethrin where unnecessary toxins and that there were natural ways to cure scabies that would work “over time”.

Let me tell you, I would have saved a lot of grief if I had questioned this advice a bit more.

First of all, natural oils, homeopathy (i’m not knocking homeopathy in general, just for scabies), and immune system cures do not work as a complete cure. I can attest to this first hand.

Clove oil and Sulphur are recommended for keeping the mites at bay. They do a decent job of killing the mites, but again, you are unlikely to accomplish a complete cure solely with them.

As far as safety goes, after looking up a ton of peer-reviewed articles by scientific investigators I am convinced that the toxicity of ivermectin and permethrin is very low for humans. Of course, this is if you take only the recommended dosages.

If you are doubtful I recommend doing some research for yourself. 

Tip #8) Use disinfectant sprays to keep all of your surfaces clean

Like I said in the first tip, scabies can spread easily and they can spread fast. 

You owe it to yourself, your family, your friends and the rest of the world to minimize the potential for spreading the mites.  

It can be easy to get the mites on surfaces for others to pick up.To stop the spread get a disinfectant spray and use it on all surfaces that you’ve touched.

I recommend:

Tip #9) Avoid Scratching your itchy skin

Scratching your skin will not give you much relief.

At the moment it feels good, but it only makes the itch worse in the long run.

It also increases the likelihood that you will spread mites across your body.

Read more here: 

Tip #10) Keep your fingernails short

And keep them short. At least while you have scabies.

This is the first thing you should do when you know you have scabies.

When your nails are long they act as perfect transportation for the mites as they get stuck under your nails with your dead skin cells.

I’ve written more about this in this post.

Tip #11) Make sure friends and family are treated

If you do everything right in your treatment and got rid of the mites, wouldn’t it suck so badly to get them right back from another person you come in contact with?

This happens a lot since the mites are so pervasive and easily spreadable.

When treating yourself make sure that anyone who could have potentially caught your buggies has taken preventative measures.

For everyone’s sake.

Tip #12) Keep your animals washed and cleaned.

In addition to your human friends, you could also pick up the friendly mites from your pets.

It is a really good idea to treat your animals at the same time as your treatments.

Your dogs and cats won’t be true hosts of scabies. Just like we aren’t hosts of mange. But scabies can still live on their fur for days at a time.

Tip #13) Deep clean your carpets.

Some surfaces can house mites easier than others.

With a tile floor or counter, all that’s needed is a quick swipe with a disinfectant. It’s a different story with carpets and rugs, and heaven forbid if you have an old shag carpet.

A good idea is to rent or buy a steam cleaner. These will thoroughly disinfect your carpet and leave them clean as the first time you bought them. You’ll likely be able to rent a steam cleaner from a store near you, or you can buy one online.

I was already thinking about a good carpet cleaner so I sprung for buying one. I definitely don’t regret it. I ended up purchasing this one.

Tip #14) Use zippered mattress covers

Speaking of surfaces that can become mite strongholds, let’s talk about mattresses.

While keeping your sheets clean is extremely important (wash them after each night in them), it is also good to be aware of the potential for mites being deposited inside your mattress itself.

Bugs love mattresses because of all the dead skin cells that they can feed off. A small population of scabies mites could easily live off of the dead skin deposited in your mattress for weeks at a time.

Now before you toss your (potentially) infested mattress, consider getting a mattress cover. These plastic covers will keep the bugs out and are super easy to clean.

Tip #15) Be proactive about reducing itchy skin

The itch from scabies might be one of the most uncomfortable experiences you’ll have.

It’s a really good idea to do what you can to lessen it and make it more manageable. It sucks to lose sleep over a terribly itchy night. You’ll appreciate any sleep you can get during this ordeal.

I have a post that discusses 10 ways to reduce the itching. Go check it out.

Tip #16) Bag up most of your clothes (to limit laundry usage)

One of the biggest time consumers for scabies is the regular laundering.

You can only wear/use clothes and sheets once if you want to avoid re-introducing mites to your skin.

To make things easier just bag up the majority of your clothes and only keep an essential wardrobe. Ideally, it can be widdled down to one load that you wash regularly.

You can bring all of your other clothes back once you’re cured.

Tip #20) Use good detergents (and thorough wash cycles)

If you don’t have a good washer/dryer be sure to at least use effective detergents.

A good rule of thumb is to use 1 cup of ammonia in your laundry, 3/4 cup of borax, 1/2 cup of washing soda and regular detergent.

That should ensure that your laundry cycle will be enough to kill the mites.

Tip #17) Scabies can survive laundry cycles.

Unless you do them right.

When you wash your clothes double check that your dryer is on the highest setting possible.

Dry your laundry HOT and for an extended cycle.

You might even want to run your clothes twice in the dryer. Just to be safe.

Tip #18) If possible, take a mini-vacation from your house (if it is extremely infested)

If your house is big and you worry about re-infestation then I recommend leaving your house behind for at least a week.

Take your dose of Stromectol/Ivermectin/permethrin and head somewhere downsized.

I don’t recommend going to a hotel. You don’t want to spread the mites.

But perhaps you know someone with a small guest house. You can stay there and treat yourself without the stress of managing your home’s potential for infestation.

Tip #19) Drinking alcohol can make itching worse.

A lot of people online have said this and I can confirm it first hand.

If you decide to drink take notice of the degree of your itching.

If you itch more, then stop. And if you find you can’t stop drinking, maybe that’s something you should look into. 😉

 

Tip #21) Disposable gloves are extremely useful.

Buy a ton of them and use them often.

Your hands are a very easy way to spread mites and a frequent change of disposable gloves can make a huge difference in your cure.

Use them whenever cleaning or touching surfaces.

Tip #22) Saran wrap electronics

You’re going to want to keep your surfaces clean, so you’ll need to be constantly disinfecting.

This is challenging with electronics because you don’t want to ruin them with all that cleaner

Try saran wrapping them. You can wrap your remotes, keyboards, computer mouse etc..

Ideal for electronics you’re fine to not use for a while.

Tip #23) Use your freezer for small items

Utilize your freezer to disinfect your shoes and small things overnight.

I kept my rings and necklace in the freezer overnight, then wiped them clean.

Tip #24) Wear easy to clean indoor shoes

Flip-flops or Crocs plastic or rubberized are easy to sanitize.

Just spray them with Lysol or soak in soapy water with bleach or borax.

Tip #25) Keep easy access disinfectants around

It’s a good idea to have disinfectant sprays and wipes all around the house and in the car.

The more easily accessible your cleaning supplies are the better you’re able to limit opportunities for the bugs to spread.

I kept Clorox wipes in most of my rooms for easy access.  Alsopermethrin spray would be a good thing to have handy.

Tip #26) Take long sulfur soaks every few days.

In addition to your ivermectin and permethrin treatments, it is probably a good idea to soak in a sulfur bath every few days.

I did this near the end of my infestation as an extra added measure.

Tip #27) Don’t spend too much time reading forums on scabies.

Having scabies is stressful Over-researching scabies can make things far more stressful.

The whole situation sucks and if you dwell on it by doing too much reading on the Topix forum you will stress yourself and itch more and more.

Just make sure your treatment is done right, follow through on it every day, and let the rest run its course.

Don’t overthink it.

Tip #29) Avoid sugar and wheat

As well as other potential dietary choices that can increase itchy skin.

Scabies mites become far more active when sugar has been consumed in your diet. From what I understand it is because they feed off of it and become invigorated when it is in their system. Yeah, gross.

I’ve also found that eating wheat, which in so many people causes the immune system to react, will make the itching way worse too.

Tip #30) Never use towels twice

And be sure no one else uses your towels.

There’s no better way to spread scabies throughout a household than to share towels.

So after you’re done using a towel make sure it gets isolated and not touched again until it is washed.

If you share a house with uninfested people this is an extremely important step.

Tip #31) Be sure to do your follow up treatments

After your first dose of Stromectol/ivermectin and/or permethrin you will indefinitely feel some relief from the condition.

It might be tempting to avoid doing a second or third round of treatments. But this is a huge mistake!

The reason we do multiple treatments is to address unhatched eggs or mites that we missed on the first round.

You will be mad at yourself if you stop treating yourself too soon. Because then it’s back to the drawing board.

Tip #32) Avoid the temptation to try to cure with home remedies.

If you don’t have much money to spend on this condition then just go straight for the permethrin and ivermectin cure.

If you buy permethrin over the counter (Amazon / eBay) and get the ivermectin gel it will be inexpensive, and you will be done with the condition very quickly.

Tip #33) Buy multiple pairs of cheap shoes and lots of socks.

Scabies frequently infests the feet, and your socks and shoes can be carrying live mites at any given time.

For this reason, you should never wear the same pair of socks twice, and also cycle different pairs of shoes.

When you are not wearing a pair of shoes keep them in the freezer and/or spray them with disinfectant.

Tip #34) If you have lots of carpeting roll up what you can

Scabies mites can linger in carpet waiting to keep you infested.

If you can roll up whatever carpet in your house and keep it rolled up until well after the infestation is over with.

Tip #35) Be mindful of over treating yourself

While it’s important to be vigilant and treat yourself extensively, it is also important to keep aware that you could be ruining your skin with too many treatments.

Now I doubt you’ll actually “ruin” your skin. You might just damage it quite a bit, but still. If you are treating with permethrin just avoid other natural treatments to help ease your skin. Occasional sulfur baths are all that I’d recommend.

Tip #36) On “Curing scabies from the inside out”

You might run into advice online saying that scabies is a result of an internal imbalance in your body and if you resolve you’re diseased state internally that scabies will go away.

Use your common sense and avoid this types of advice. Scabies is going to infest even the healthiest of people, it doesn’t matter.

Tip #38) Utilize forums on the web that talk about scabies.

The Topix forum can be helpful on occasion. also Curezone and Patient.co.uk.

But be wary of a lot of the commenters. And don’t spend too much time on these sites.

Tip #39) Become very familiar with what scabies burrows look like.

When it comes to diagnosing scabies and figuring out whether you have them or are suffering from post scabies it is very important that you can distinguish what the burrows from active mites look like.

Tip #40) Never underestimate a “mild” case of scabies.

Scabies is scabies. Either you have it or you don’t, and no matter what if you have it you need to treat it seriously.

It doesn’t matter if you are not being bothered by it like some of the people you read online about, you NEED to treat it or it will never leave your life, and you will spread it to other people as well.

Tip #41) Tread lightly when it comes to scabies and pregnancy.

I have not had to be involved with scabies during a pregnancy, so I can not give adequate advice on the topic.

But I will say that you should be VERY careful when treating yourself if you are pregnant; especially if it is a new pregnancy.

No one wants to harm their babies. Please do your research!

Tip #42) Never settle for leaving scabies untreated

This is just a big no-no. Not necessarily because you are hurting yourself by doing this, but because you have the potential to pass this condition on to OTHER people. Which is a horrible thing to have to feel like you’ve done.

Tip #43) can scabies kill you?

Surprisingly this gets hundreds of google searches a month. No scabies cannot kill you. 🙂

Tip #44) Are scabies really that contagious?

The answer is a resounding yes. Scabies can be passed on to other people in extremely unsuspecting ways.

All it takes is to be in the same environment with someone who has the mites, maybe not even there at the same time as them, and you are at risk of picking up scabies.

You can get scabies even from just being downwind from someone who is scratching their itch!

Tip #45) Scabies in your scalp

Many people have reported that scabies can survive and thrive in the human scalp.

If you think your scabies condition has spread above your neckline it would be a VERY good idea to add shampoos to your treatment regimen.

A good product to use for this is Sulfur8 Shampoo.

Tip 46#) Can you see scabies mites?

The answer is no. Scabies mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

You need a microscope yourself or have a doctor analyze your skin for the mites.

Tip #28) Believe deeply that you will get better.

It’s so easy to think fatalistically when you have these mites.

They limit your life, they make you incredibly uncomfortable and they keep you fearful of spreading them.

It’s miserable. Don’t add to your struggles by feeling stuck and that you’re far from being healed.

See the light at the tunnel, because it’s there.

How to Boost Your Immune System for Scabies

Scabies mites are affected by the strength of your immunity

Strengthening Your Natural Immunity for Scabies Treatment

Those with impaired immune systems become easy targets for a thriving scabies population. Individuals with the weakest resistance get the worst cases of scabies, developing Norwegian/crusted scabies. This condition means the mites have multiplied into the hundreds of thousands, or even millions. Yuck.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

If you want to fight scabies with your immune system then this is the post for you. I don’t personally think it is the best approach, but power to you. Here’s the tips to do it right by strongly improving your immune response.

1) Get sufficient sleep and relaxation.

A stressed out, overworked and under-slept body is a perfect environment for scabies to thrive. Your immune system works its best when you are well rested and have minimal tension and friction in your life. Sleep a lot. In a pitch dark room, sans electronics, with earplugs even. You need solid blocks of sleep to produce HGH, which is how the body heals itself. Go to bed an hour earlier at night. Make a ritual out of it. Try to take on less responsibilities from work while you go through this. Take time off of work, if it is within your means.

2) Supplement your immune system.

You can ingest immune tonics to boost your bodies response and essential oils that travel to the skin and cause extreme irritation to the mites. Listed below are great supplements that boost your immune response and it’s production of antibodies.

Nature’s Way System Well: Ultimate Immunity

SystemWell is the most powerful and broadly approaching immune booster out there. SystemWell is the multi-system defense formula for seven essential aspects of healthy immunity. 1) Epidermal 2) Respiratory 3) Digestive 4) Systemic 5) Circulatory 6) Cellular 7) Lymphatic. It is very effective at treating immune threats at all levels.

IP6 & Inositol 

IP6 & Inositol is one of the most potent immune boosters known to man. It has been used successfully to treat all kinds of cancer. IP6 is a phosphorylated form of inositol commonly found in fiber-rich plant foods. IP6 supports immunity and cardiovascular health by enhancing Natural Killer (NK) cells. It has cleared out cancers that chemo could not and also helped to replace the cancerous cells with new healthy ones. I started to notice a large tipping point when I started to take this supplement. I highly recommend this product, check out the reviews on Amazon!

Oregano oil

Oregano oil provides many internal treatment benefits. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergen, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.  When purchasing oregano oil you want to be sure it contains the active compound Carvacrol. It should read in the range 70-80%. When I was taking it I could smell it on my skin. It no doubt agitated the mites. Here is a good buying option.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an ancient health booster. It boasts many healing and restorative properties – aiding the immune system and skin health – along with many other benefits; too many to list here. But I’ll link you to some pages that explain all of the life improving characteristics of this herb.

Doctors best Curcumin C3 Complex contains perine, which helps improve absorption – Doctors best is a trusted brand that I have had a great experience with.

Echinacea

A long renowned immune booster, Echinacea is an advisable supplement to give your system an added boost. Nature’s Way offers a very good deal – working out to just 4 cents per pill.

3) Move your body and relax your mind.

Over thinking causes stress. Not enough physical movement causes stagnation.

I know it can be super stressful to think about your scabies infestation. There is a lot of discomfort and worry. I know I was always fearful of spreading the mites, and always wondering where I got them from in the first place.

A good solution to this is to keep your mind occupied by keeping yourself active. Go running, go for a hike, walk the dog, lift some weights. These are all healthy for your body and immune system and by keeping you moving lessen the chance that you will fall into a thinking rut.

**NOTE** These immune boosters will NOT cure you of scabies on their own. It is HIGHLY advisable that your main treatment be Ivermectin and Permethrin. 

A strong immune system cannot kill off scabies infestations on its own. While you can greatly reduce the spread of mites and disable some from calling your body home, there is a reason why your bodies defenses alone will not work.

Scabies can secrete enzymes which will effectively block attacks from you’re immune system. Think of it like a protective barrier. They create a “shell” around them which cannot be penetrated by the immune system killer cells.

So that sucks. But if you want to learn about how to completely kill of a scabies infection then check out my guide to eradicating scabies.

The very first thing to do when you get Scabies.

Before you panic,

Before you tear your clothes off and hop in the shower,

Before you start cursing at the person who gave it to you,

Before you start researching the hell out of these weird bugs online (whoops, looks like you already are),

… Before you do anything, CUT YOUR NAILS!

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

It is so simple and it can make a real difference in how fast and how far the mites spread.

Why?

Because every time you scratch yourself with long nails you are likely to pick up mites, potentially hundreds, from infected parts of your skin. Then, as you continue to scratch or touch things in your environment you will be spreading those mites all over the place.

So please, cut those nails!

That is all. Please refer to the other posts on this website to get a handle on your infestation before it gets worse.

How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

5 Early Signs & First Symptoms of a Scabies Infestation

How to Buy Over the Counter Permethrin Cream Online