Heat kills scabies. True or false?
Technically, it’s true.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
I mean, think about. Technically heat can kill everything, including humans. Throw a man into a fire pit and he won’t last too long.
What we really want to know is, can heat be used as an effective scabies treatment?
Research is somewhat divided.
According to the CDC, scabies die when directly exposed to temperatures of 50°C (122°F) for 10 minutes.
This leads some people to think they can just sit in a sauna for 10 minutes and the mites will be dead. The reason this doesn’t work is because while the surface of your skin is exposed to that heat, the mites under your skin are not.
Your body is extremely good at regulating your body temperature.
Think about when you’ve been in sub-zero temperatures. Did you blood freeze? Of course not.
The same logic applies to hot showers. While it might make sense that you can treat scabies with a hot shower, the reality is not so simple.
First of all, 50°C (122°F) is very hot for a shower. While some of you with iron skin might be able to handle it, most people cannot.
Secondly, even though that water is touching your skin, the temperature will cool somewhat as soon as it touches you, and the likelihood of the water touching a scabies mite directly, and staying at that temperature for 10 minutes is almost zero.
Thirdly, hot showers are known to dry out your skin considerably, which is not going to help our scabies treatment at all. In fact, we want to do the opposite – keep the skin moist and soothed to give it the best chance to heal.
For these reasons, hot showers have not been shown to help treat scabies at all.
Ironically, do you know what is likely to help far more than a hot shower?
A cold shower.
Cold showers help rejuvenate the skin, boost the immune system, help you sleep better and increase metabolism. While it’s not going to do anything to directly impact your scabies situation, it will help support your body to be stronger and healthier, which can only help your recovery.
As for the scabies, you will need to treat them with methods that have a little more science behind them.
Luckily that’s the exact type of thing I’ve been researching for the last few years. After my own scabies dilemma, I was forced to read, test, experiment and study as many scabies treatments as possible, and came up with a collection of treatments that works better than anything any doctor or dermatologist was able to tell me.
That’s the reason I started this blog!
So how do we do it?
Well, the first part of your treatment is commitment. You need to be dedicated. Scabies is not some little skin allergy that you put some cream on and it goes away after a few days.
Scabies is a parasite that breeds fast, and if you do not treat it promptly and properly, it will take over your skin and your body. There are people who have had scabies for years, simply because they do not have the right information to treat themselves.
Luckily, scabies is actually very easy to get rid of within a couple of weeks, if you do it properly and if you are dedicated.
The first step is to use the standard prescription treatments. Studies show these are effective around 90% of the time and chances are, you will recover just fine using only these.
The second step is to complement your treatment with natural treatments, some of which have proven in studies to be even more effective than the standard prescriptions medicines.
Some of those are tea tree oil, neem oil, clove oil and sulfur.
If you are suffering from scabies, I highly recommend you start on a multi-pronged treatment that includes these items immediately (as in, right now!) Every day you wait, more eggs are laid under your skin, and more mites are hatched.
Scabies does not go away on its own. You must treat it.
If you are wondering how to use these treatments, I have a very thorough treatment guide that you can find here. It is 100% free, and details everything you need to do, from start to finish. All the items can be purchased from your local health store or you can get them delivered right to your house from Amazon.
If you have any questions, please share them in the comments and I’ll answer them the best I can. Wishing you back to health as soon as possible!