Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Scabies

Remedy: Diatomaceous earth / silicon

Diatomaceous earth, soluble silicon. Food sources. Supplements.

Comment posted by Morgan of Los Angeles , CA, USA on 19 September 2023 at 7:58       5493

Reply to Frankie of Los Angeles, CA, USA on 19 September 2023, comment 5492. br If you read the other comments on using DE for scabies, it appears that other visitors have done exactly that. It can dry to a crusty cake, so probably best to experiment with how to use it.

Question posted by Frankie of Los Angeles, CA, USA on 19 September 2023 at 2:20       5492

Can you put diatomaceous earth in your hair or scalp for scabies?

Comment posted by My Health Is Worth It of Smalltown, Kansas, USA on 4 July 2023 at 5:52       5468

A client went on vacation for Christmas, had a friend stay over to care for the animals. She left instructions that vacuuming had to be done thoroughly and daily. Nothing else had to be done except feed and water the 3 dogs. When my client returned home, her beagle showed signs of mange. When she called me she was distraught! Nothing the 3 different vets had suggested was working. We went to work immediately on finding the best solutions for her dogs, and of course, herself and her house environment. Within 4 weeks of being home she was also showing signs of sarcoptic mites. Note at least 75% of all the research we did said that the mange mite is not a zoonose and that she could not get mites from her dogs. But guess what she did! It took 6 months to get rid of the scabies that infested her beagle. None of the other dogs contracted it. Here is what we finally had her do. Purchase a full size steam machine to thoroughly steam her bed, all carpeting rugs, dog beds sleeping areas and furniture at least once every day. She bought a 50 pound bag of diatomaceous earth for $75 and sprinkled it on floors in the evening, and left it overnight. Vacuumed it up in the morning before steaming. Homemade permethrin cream on dogs on days 1, 4, 9 14. Rub into skin especially in problem areas. Use on all animals so that all sources of mites are dealt with. Put it on in the evening and hose wash off in the morning. Sprinkled on dogs daily and rub in lightly when the permethrin cream is not being used. Brush dogs thoroughly every day. Shampoo dogs once a week with homemade shampoo, here is the recipe. She used part of a 16 oz organic neem oil, 8 oz dawn dish detergent blue original no additives, 2 oz organic tea tree oi, 4 oz of food grade hydrogen peroxide 3%. Please read and follow all safety measures when using hydrogen peroxide. Mixed with enough 20 mule borax to make a thick wet paste. Mix to make the shampoo . Shake vigorously to mix thoroughly before each use. Wet dog completely and then apply shampoo to the entire dog, keep away from eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid getting it in private areas not up the vulva or into the penal areas. Massage it in gently, but get it skin deep that is where the mites are, so just washing the hair won’t help. Leave on for 20 minutes, while making sure that it is covering all the necessary areas, especially between the toes, on the tail, and in the arm and leg pits. After 20 minutes, rinse off thoroughly with tepid not cold not hot water. Mange mites are most active in warm to hot water . Towel dry and sprinkle DE on the dog again, be careful not to get it in the eyes or nose. Massage it down to the skin, and leave it on. Brush dog at least once every day, preferably twice am and pm. She also used the shampoo recipe as a body hair wash for herself. After rinsing everything off she took a household microfiber duster with a telescopic handle, and dipped it into a 14 borax solution 5 cups of very hot water to 2 cups of 20 mule borax. Using the duster she applied this slurry to her entire body. She told me that this made her look like she was being cast in stone, when it dried, and surprisingly it didn’t bother her anywhere near as much as the mites had while she was sleeping. She also applied it to her hair and put on a plastic shower cap and covered with a towel and left on her hair overnight. Note she has dark brown hair with blonde highlights 100 natural and her hair turned slightly auburn red the first time she did this. It returned to her normal dark brown within a couple of weeks after her ordeal with scabies was over. Her observations during and after this regime: hair color changed temporarily, old carpets look cleaner and fresher. Rooms even smell better. Fingernails seem stronger and have fewer linear ridges; skin is softer, smoother and younger looking. No longer experiencing feminine discharge that had for over 30 years; no longer experiencing symptoms of candida albicans had for over 20 years. Thick dark toenails are now white and no longer have fungus overgrowth thickening, now maintained by doing 1 cup of 20 mule borax in 20 30 minute footbath once a week. I am so grateful that we were able to get her through this ordeal. It took us 6 months, but it is finally over, praise God!

Comment posted by Typetyme of Anderson, SC, USA on 6 March 2023 at 15:52       5428

We contracted scabies during early December trip 2022. They were well established in my lower legs before I realized what the rash was in early January. Husband had scabies on forearms. We treated with 4 doses Ivermectin, diluted essential oils like clove, oregano, and neem but after third breakout went outside traditional medicine. Permethrin is sulfa drug and husband allergic. I tried Permethrin but it didn’t work for me. Discovering treatment of 1 cup Borax and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide added to 30 minute baths was life saver. Symptoms improved but scabies had spread to my arms from handling soiled bedding, clothing and towels even with washing hands and arms afterward with antibacterial soap. As recommended in household practices to kill mites, used food grade diatomaceous earth DE sprinkled on carpets. Diatomaceous earth is safe for people. DE causes insects to dry out and die by absorbing the oils and fats from insect s exoskeleton. Its sharp edges are abrasive, speeding up the process. It kills scabies, dust mites and insects. To avoid inhaling the dust, I made a paste of 2 cups food grade DE, 4 tablespoon borax, 4 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and 3/4 cup hot water adding more water by tablespoon as needed to wet out to toothpaste consistency . Following 30 minute soak in borax and hydrogen peroxide added to bath water, blotted skin dry. Applied thin layer of DE mixture over entire body starting at hairline down to feet, and avoiding eyes and lips. DID NOT rub hard. Borax is abrasive and can hurt skin. Do the best you can getting to middle of back. Let dry 30 minutes and gently rinsed off. After first mud bath scabies went nuts. Red weals appeared around each site but started to scab and dry up within a day. Continued water bath followed by mud bath each day for 2 weeks. Continued laundry and household cleaning regimen to fully eradicate any latent eggs that hatched.

Comment posted by Oneinheaven of Tom Bean, TX, USA on 16 July 2022 at 0:51       5368

We had scabies. We didn’t realize it for a while so they were really bad when we did realize. When I found this website, my husband’s left leg was swollen into his foot he was so infested. He started borax HP baths immediately and was 75% better in about 3 days. Then he stalled out. He realized they were in his hair so he had to start soaking his head for about 20 minutes in his baths. After a few weeks he was about 95-98% better. During this time he’d take ivermectin. In all he said he took 17 doses. We use the one from tractor supply dosed by weight. One thing you’re not told is the iver seems to rile up the scabies so he always had some added rash after a dose. We chose not to use permethrin. My husband had so many sores I couldn’t imagine putting poison on his skin. We are VERY natural minded.

Next story is mine. The scabies finally got me about 2 months after my husband. After fighting them 2 months, I was worse chasing them all over. Disheartening to say the least. One day I was doing more reading on scabies and came across moxidectin. It sounded promising with similar side effects to iver which is minor minimal yet a much longer half-life in the body. I was so frustrated I took it doses by weight on the tube again, tractor supply. The scabies seemed to be more active after taking it which I expected so I was doing 2-3 borax baths a day. I ended up adding ACV and epsom salts too. The borax and bathing degrades the acid mantle of the skin which actually gives the scabies more open feeding so it’s a double edged sword imho. Anyway, 12 days after taking moxi I woke up and felt different like they’d left. My sores quickly began to heal and I didn’t feel vulnerable anymore. I’m now almost 3 weeks out from the moxi dose. It took almost 2 weeks for the moxi to run them off. I’m still bathing once a day, sleeping on a drop cloth and hot washing all clothes and linens in borax.

My husband took a dose of moxi when he was far enough out from his last iver dose to be safe. He did experience some breakout the next few days but the moxi seems to have taken effect quicker on him. We did SO MUCH MORE to mitigate or deal with the awful spreading bumps. Lots of Diatomaceous earth. We found tea tree, rosemary, clove and lavender essential oils to be the most effective. However scabies still spread we couldn’t rid the body completely. They were in my nose! Someone needs to figure out what is different in some people’s body chemistry to make them impervious. Our 15 year old daughter was never affected. This has been horrific and my heart goes out to everyone dealing with it. We even found many things to be grateful for throughout this ordeal. III John 1 2 Beloved I pray that you may prosper and be in good health just as your soul prospers. Thanks for allowing me to share.

Comment posted by Walking pestilence of Americus , GA, USA on 21 December 2021 at 4:17       5325

Diatomaceous Earth is a great way to ease the agony of the mange I had been suffering with for six months now. I think I was infected by a mange-ridden puppy in my work vehicle. My employers could not keep me due to my not being able to get rid of these mites. I have moved several times. I lost everything due to the re-infestations - even my vehicle.

The doctors in my area don't know how to treat scabies but instead say I have delusional parasitosis. I have seen three medical professionals who diagnosed me with scabies but I was referred to see someone else! If I have a body rash and inflammation with bites on my body, scabies would be a proper diagnosis. I went to one hospital where an ER nurse thought my symptoms were the result of me trying to kill myself and she refused to examine me as we spoke in the lobby. She told me they have to turn everyone down because they don't have scabies when they think they do. She said I was delusional even after I presented evidence of samples and pictures.

I went to see a regular PA who said I was delusional. He looked at my tape samples full of mites and he said this looks like trash. He refused to examine me and said, I think you are crazy. I cried and he showed no sympathy. He took a skin sample and toe nail samples. His nurse called me delusional so I asked if she could give me tape to remove some of the mites between my toes. The doctor prescribed a steroid cream but not a much-needed scabicide. I was in tears. As I was leaving the nurse was looking under the microscope in the next room from me and I heard the nurse saying she has mites and what are you doing to the samples. I heard the doctor say he did not want to be a part of a controversy. I wasted $200 on seeing him not including the prescription cost. All my doctors visits cost me about $2,000 alone. So I found myself looking into farmers supply stores. I bought ivermectin topical and oral, lime sulfur dip, and dog shampoo with highest permithin percentage I can find. It seemed to work but only for a short while. I found that if you leave diatomaceous earth on the skin for three consecutive days it relieves the itching and the sensation. I have been sleeping out of a tent since a week before Thanksgiving 2021.I only have two sets of clothes left. I have nothing. It can be very cold at night. I am homeless and jobless. I had used all my money on doctors visits, cleaning equipment and supplies, and moving to get rid of these things. Diatomaceous earth will stop them but it will not cure. I wish scabies could be eradicated.

Comment posted by Susan of East Granby , Connecticut, USA on 14 November 2021 at 12:0       5319

I’ve been suffering since September 2019 with a large bird nest over my kitchen window they crawled through the air conditioner in my window. I was overwhelmed by what seemed like hundreds of them crawling on my legs up to my knees then all at once they started to bite at the same time. It was a complete nightmare. Only one bug inspector knew what it was after seeing 3 other inspectors. I lived in hotels for over a year. My apartment was completely infested with them, clothing, under all the carpets. I also had to get rid of a car due to them in the car. They are so microscopic until they’ve had a blood meal, either humans or birds then they turn black, still the size of a ball point pen tip.
I’ve just begun to use MSM and have noticed a slight improvement. Also I spray hypochlorous acid on everything including my skin and clothing, purchased online. It smells like bleach. I also just started to drink food grade diatomaceous earth twice a day. I am also using an enzyme cleaner. I’ve just taken Ivermectin 3 weeks straight. I’ve heard about an injection called Stromectol and waiting to hear from my Dr if I can get this injection once a month for 3 months.
Only a few people have heard about these mites. Most doctors cannot help, but only one dermatologist understands and is trying to help me. It can drive you crazy, hot humid days, rainy days are the worst. I’m going to get the limes and lemon as suggested on this site. It’s costing so much money to get rid of these things. Best to all of you.

Comment posted by Disappointed of Hustonville, Kentucky , USA on 18 March 2019 at 1:14       5133

I am really in a state of shock and disgust!! Back in 2010 I discovered that I had a horrible case of scabies after I did a lot of research. No thanks to the many so called doctors who told me that I was crazy and I was accused several times by some of them of being on drugs! Well, after multiple treatments with permethrin that always failed, and a ton of other home remedies, I finally found a doctor who actually believed me and didn't call me crazy. Diatomaceous earth finally worked for me. Hallelujah! I had endured 5 years of hell on earth with the scabies and was so grateful that my nightmare was over. Well, fast forward to 2019 and to my great dismay... I have them again! And still don;t know how or why I got them the first time or now. But I appreciate the advice on this forum and I wish you all well who share in my hell. Good luck and I will let you all know how it goes with my second journey with these ungodly creatures!

Comment posted by Eva of Carson City, NV, USA on 28 September 2017 at 5:38       4775

I totally agree with several of the comments about Clove Oil, which I am just starting to use and take internally. I have suffered from these mites since 2012. Now both of my feet are the sizes of footballs. I have used hydrogen peroxide 3% to spray on my feet, it helps but really stings due to so many applications. I won’t stop using it but hopefully clove oil will be my saviour. Due to 2 knee replacements it is almost impossible for me to be able to get up out of the tub so I have only done showers since 2003 and now with the feet like they are, I purchases a plastic container from Walmart that is just wide enough for two, used to be skinny feet, and deep enough to almost reach my knees. I fill it with as much hot water as I can stand with one cup of HP 3% and 1 cup of Borax, soak in this as long as the water stays hot to warm. Good ole credit cards! You’ve heard stories on how to use them for dozen of things, well I use one to scrape my feet and legs with it after my soak and you sure see a lot of stuff that comes off on the card. I’m going to mix up a mixture of the clove oil with some other oils to put on my feet and legs after the soak and scrape. Here I am, just turned 90 and never had a bug in my life and this is what NV has given me. Never had a bug in Texas and hope I can get back there before my time is up!

Blessings to all of you who have offered your cures. It’s hard to keep your sanity but don t give up. I could wring the necks of a million so called doctors for not going to a medical school who taught about these things!

One thing I would caution anyone who has an old vacuum cleaner with a fan, please be careful if you are using diatomaceous earth powder on your carpets. This stuff is wonderful but don’t use it if your vac has a fan, it will clog up the fan and break it. This happened twice to me before the repair man suggested I stop using DE or not to use that particular vacuum. Each time I used the vac to clean up DE it cost me over $200.00. That kind of money sure could have helped me to buy Clove and other oils for my blasted critters.

Comment posted by Minchy of Miami, Florida, USA on 20 March 2016 at 14:45       3956

This is the BEST remedy to kill scabies. I've had scabies for over 6 months. It was a nightmare!! I used 2 cups of Borax and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. I took a bath, but before having the bath I applied directly to my skin grapeseed oil with diatomaceous earth food grade in equal parts. After rubbing it for 20 minutes they began to leave their burrows and I removed them. After bathing do not dry your skin with a towel, apply on your wet skin diatomaceous earth again and let it dry. Wash all clothes after every use, sheets etc with borax. Dry clothes for 70 minutes at the highest temperature, clean and disinfect the car and everything you've touched.

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