The Scabies itch Guidebook:
- Section #1: 10 Anti-itch remedies for scabies
- Section #2: Scabies: Three reasons to avoid scratching the itch
- Section #3: How to itch your skin without spreading mites
Table of Contents
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.
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.
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.
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.?
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)
- Artificial food colors and preservatives
Other foods that commonly cause allergic reactions, often involving skin irritation include:
- Tree Nuts
- 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,
- overly tight clothes
Materials to wear:
- dye free / perfume free?
- 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.