Is it a good idea to take hot showers when I have scabies?
Short answer, no. It might do more harm than good.
Hot showers will not help kill scabies and can actually make your itching worse.
Hot water will dry out and irritate your skin which is further damaging it’s already challenged state. The water strips away natural oils from the outer layer, and without those oils your skin becomes dry and irritated.
What’s the solution?
Cold showers. They keep your pores closed and your skin refreshed, which is important for your body’s response to scabies.
Cold showers also have surprisingly underrated benefits.
Benefits of cold showers include:
- Strengthens immunity
- Keeps skin and hair healthy
- Improves circulation
- Relieves depression
- Increases testosterone
- Increases energy and wellbeing
- Increases fertility
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.
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