Scabies is one of the major skin diseases which can make daily life unbearable. It causes intense itching and red bump on skin and all of these mishap occurs due to the parasite. It is very difficult to bear this type of discomfort condition. This is why, it is required to get rid of scabies in 24 hours or in very short time. Here, in this article, we will discuss scabies, its symptoms, causes and fast remedies option.
- 1 Symptoms of scabies
What is Scabies
Scabies is a contagious skin disorder caused by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is especially found in different body area such as buttock, between fingers, soles of feet, below breast, around waist etc and children, young people are attacked by it. This mite grows better in cooler and humid environment. Over 300 million people of the world suffer from scabies annually.
Symptoms of scabies
The symptoms of scabies are seen after 3-6 months of infestation by causative mite. There are a few symptoms of scabies given below:
- Relentless itching. It increases at night time.
- Soreness of skin due to itching and scratching.
- Scaly skin.
Scabies is caused by eight-legged mite called Sarcoptes scabies. This is a contagious disease where mite burrows into the skin and hatch eggs. Then eggs become mature and spread to other parts of the body. This parasite becomes ⅓ millimeter long. It goes to other person by close contact. If other person uses personal belonging of affected person such as dresses, bed, towel and if they live in same spaces. If one family member is affected by scabies other person have high chance to spread it. On the other hand, mite may disperse to areas also such as at furniture.
How to get rid of scabies in 24 hours
It is possible to get rid of scabies in 24 hours but to do it you have to use different chemicals treatment and prescription medication rather than home or natural remedies. Moreover, natural remedies has recurrence possibilities. In case of medication, there are two types- topical and oral. One thing must keep in mind during treatment is to treat living environment. Living environment must be cleared by possible treatment. Although it is highly effective for scabies but, to get rid of scabies in 24 hours is difficult. After first application at the first day it might reduce symptoms of scabies. But to get full relief you have to wait 2-3 weeks.
To get faster relief from scabies you have to choose prescription drugs as they are effective to eliminate mite. As it is a parasite infestation no antibiotic should be used. The following drugs should be used:
1. Permethrin 5%:
Permethrin is an insecticide and insect repellent and the most effective treatment for scabies. It works by paralyzing and killing the mites and their eggs. Permethrin is safe for pregnant women and children can use it from the age of 2 months. Although it is the most effective scabicide drug, but to get rid of scabies in 24 hours completely you need 2-3 weeks. But, It can reduce symptoms of scabies after first application at first day.
You have to follow proper application method. Apply thin layer of permethrin in the whole body head to sole including face, neck, ear, scalp, armpit, genital area, but avoid eyes, nose, mouth, vagina. If cream goes to eyes, use plenty of water to flush out. Consult with doctor if eye irritation continues. Permethrin is obtainable by prescription or without prescription from a pharmacy.
2. Ivermectin Drug:
Ivermectin drug is another effective treatment for scabies although it is not approved by USFDA. It has excellent efficacy to cure heavy infestations and acts against several parasites. The main drawback is ivermectin is not recommended for pregnant women. Doctors prescribe this drug for people who have crusted scabies and who have altered immune systems. It is found as cream, lotion and oral form. When topical form of ivermectin gets in-vain than oral form works and research says, oral ivermectin is more safe and effective treatment. The ideal oral ivermectin dosage is 200µg/kg/dose with foods for greater bioavailability. The safety for children below body weight 15 kg is not established. This drug should be taken approximately one week apart.
3. Borax and hydrogen peroxide:
Both Borax and Hydrogen peroxide (3%) are effective to get rid of scabies in 24 hours. Borax is a bactericidal agent and hydrogen peroxide is an insecticide and fungicide. Mix borax and hydrogen peroxide in a bowl in 2:1 ratio. Apply the mixture into the affected areas of skin and wait for 15 minutes and then wish it. The using regimen for 2 times daily for 2 consecutive weeks.
Bleach is treated as one of powerful remedies of Scabies. It has both quick relief to get rid of scabies in 24 hours and you have to wait to get complete cure for few weeks. It better to uses mixing with water. Spray bleach and water solution in all the body and let it dry. As mites remain in household materials such as bedclothes, linen, pillow covers, sheets. You have to wash them as well with hot water mixing with bleach solution. Do it whole week and see the significant reduction of mites. You have to give attention to bathroom and bathtub also. Clear all surfaces of home time to time to get relief from scabies.
5. Sulfur for scabies:
Sulfur has decent efficacy against scabies and it is a safe, cost-effective agent. It is available as different forms and topically such as lotion, cream, soap etc. It kills scabies mite especially adult mites and it has been used for centuries. Most commonly used sulfur is 6% to 10% and it over-the-counter product. The sulfur cream is recommended by American Academy of Dermatology for infant scabies.
The best part of sulfur is, its efficacy against scabies found in 24 hours from study though the success rate is minor. This study was conducted in the Department of Dermatology- Baghdad Teaching Hospital from April 2008 to October 2009. Total 97 patients were examined in this study where they are divided into three groups. One group was given Sulfur ointment for one day, another two groups was given this ointment for 3 consecutive days. However, response result was found 42.4% for patients who was treated for one day. In contrast, left two group patients got 90% plus response rate.
6. Other fastest way to get rid of scabies
*Lindane 1% Cream: Lindane is a chemical used as pharmaceutical treatment for lice and scabies. It acts against infestations of Sarcoptes scabei. This medicine is suitable for those patients who can’t tolerate other approved treatments or other treatment proved to fail. This treatment is not safe for children under 3 years of age and pregnant women. Lindane cream/lotion should be used once a day or directed by physician.
*Crotamiton: Crotamiton is an over-the-counter and quick result medicine found as cream or lotion. To get a quick response you have to apply it two times daily and leave it for 48 hours without bathing. Crotamiton is best suited for patient having low immune system. This is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mother.
*Borax: Borax another name of Sodium borate, can kill fungus, pests or other micro insects from the skin. However, mites have been killed by two ways- when mites ingest borax and when borax dissolves wax barrier of insect mites. Along with body you have to clean up clothes, bedding, furniture, sofas, beds, chairs where mites might exist.