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: Sauna / steam room

Comment posted by Hoping for the best of Cincinnati, OH, USA on 16 April 2023 at 10:54       5442

Been struggling with sores, lesions, skin pain for four plus years and hope all of us find relief. After six dermatologists, one actually listens. Diagnosis was perforating dermatitis which is hard keratin build up under the skin that pushes through creating holes in the skin. I still think the underlying issue is demodex mites. SOMEWHAT HELPFUL SO FAR Spironolactone Rx (Rx means prescription), Liquid Bandaid, Prosacea brand topical sulfur, salt baths, fluocinonide liquid Rx, sit in portable sauna 10 to 15 mins daily, clean the sores with hydrogen peroxide, apply permethrin NIX lotion, eat beef more than I ever have, apply tea tree oil aloe vera mix. Other Rx products tried unsuccessfully include doxycycline, antivirals, mupirocin topical antibacterial, metronidazole, eucrisa and nystatin.

Additional note on 23 April 2023:
The prescriptions I mentioned in my previous comment ARE helpful, but it is sometimes unclear which are most helpful. I also use both 0.5 and 1.87 ivermectin cream, which can be purchased without a prescription, and elidel prescription cream. Sunlight also seems to help. Some days I feel like this will never get solved, but at least I’ve gotten some improvement over the past 2 years.

Comment posted by TJ of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 7 December 2016 at 13:37       4395

I found the easiest way to rid from scabies is to have a bath in emulsified neem oil. Take 1-2 tablespoons of oil and mix it in half a cup of body wash liquid soap or shampoo. You may like to add some lavender oil to help with the stink. When mixed add this to the bath and soak the whole body in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not rinse off. Just towel dry and go to bed. In the morning strip the bed. Mites cannot survive off the body for more than 3 days. Therefore it is best not to reuse and bed linen or any clothes without washing. For showers add a tablespoon of neem oil to your body wash to use every day in the morning. The bath soak should be done every 3-4 days for 2 weeks. Things to note: Your chair at work and your carseat can continually re-contaminate you so wash or spray them. I got scabies sitting on someones couch in shorts. Therefore spray your couch and then put a cover over it whilst in the decontaminating phase. Another way you can kill scabies is go to a sauna. Take a complete set of fresh clothes and put the old contaminated clothes in a plastic bag. Do at least 2-3 ten minute sessions and make sure your skin is raised to above 55 degrees celsius. Go naked or speedos if you can't. That will kill them. 7-8 days later when eggs hatch do it again. Good luck. They are such a pain and misery.

Comment posted by RaisedByBears of Duluth, MN, USA on 26 August 2014 at 3:33       2819

Sauna seems to be the only relief. I've been sleeping in the guest cabin. Before I sleep, I vacuum the chairs, bed, sofa, and rug in the guest cabin, and take all blankets and pillows to the sauna. A short sauna at 200 to 230 degrees rids all mites. It is the only way I can sleep at night. As soon as I re-enter the main house in the morning - I'm re-infested. I don't know what kind of mites these are - but they are very small. I can see them, looking like dust particles, if I stand out in the sunlight in a good wind and run my hands through my hair. They seem to be able to control their flight to some extent.