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 and is 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.

Scabies: 3 Reasons to Avoid scratching Yourself by


  1. Hello I have an 22 year old special needs daughter who has scabies just find out Monday just great don t stratch oh Lord she is itching to me well baking soda in a way helped her itch some I got to call the nurse practioner tomorrow she is going to have to give her something.

    She feels she caught from someone at her day support center and was contacting person who oversees program seems anybody with a rash the doctor she started with a rash early part of last month went to er think doctor said a form of eczema I have that well been to ER twice last week.

    One day she had some kind of another rash next time eczema this is nerving as all get out me being her caregiver having to wash this that clean cleaned little to much on today my husband helped me I see you mentioned two weeks to yourself .

    Does that mean she should stay home that long really she has missed like 12 days I guess call Friday off let me know thanks for all the helpful information oh as her caregiver what can I do I wear plastic gloves when putting cream on I have noone to help me so hard not to be in contact with her.


  1. […] Section #2: Scabies: Three reasons to avoid scratching the itch […]

  2. […] Section #2: Scabies: Three reasons to avoid scratching the itch […]

  3. […] Section #2: Scabies: Three Reasons to Avoid Scratching Yourself […]

Speak Your Mind