So you’re suffering from scabies. Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve been battling it for a few months now. Whatever the case is, you’re probably going crazy trying to figure out: How do I kill these little bastards?
Not only that, but how do I kill them fast?
Let’s face it: None of us have time for this little mite. We have lives to get back to. Jobs. Families. And as you’ve probably noticed, scabies has a way of taking over all of that.
So, here’s the deal.
Unfortunately, nothing kills scabies instantly. Successful treatment usually takes multiple weeks, but if you do it properly, and use the right treatments, you will be cured.
As for what kills the mites the fastest, here’s the rundown:
In a study of the effectiveness of essential oil on scabies, clove oil was found to kill scabies the fastest – within 20 minutes. This is quite remarkable and if these results are repeatable it would make clove oil the most effective scabies treatment available today.
To use clove oil to treat scabies, it’s best to spot treat as clove oil is very strong and can burn the skin. It’s also good to mix it up with other oils and/or add it to a moisturizer.
In that same study, palmarosa oil was found to the be the second most effective essential oil, killing scabies mites within 50 minutes.
To treat scabies using palmarosa oil, you can add it to a hot bath (with other treatments) or simply apply it to the skin with a carrier oil. Coconut oil is a great complement.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil was also tested in that study, and found to be effective but slightly less so than clove oil or palmarosa oil. However, tea tree oil has been tested many times as a scabies remedy and it’s effectiveness has been proven over and over again. In this study, tea tree oil was actually found to be more effective than the standard prescription treatments of permethrin and ivermectin. Tea tree oil killed the mites in 60 minutes, compared to 120 minutes for permethrin and 150 minutes for ivermectin.
The most effective way to use tea tree oil for scabies is to apply it directly to the skin. Mixing it with a moisturizer is always good, as tea tree oil can be quite harsh otherwise. Using a carrier oil like coconut oil is also good.
Sulfur is also proven to be an effective scabies killer. This study showed that patients who applied sulfur ointment twice a day experienced a 97% cure rate over 3 days. That’s an exceptional result.
To use sulfur for treating scabies, simply apply it directly to the skin. Sulfur has a tendency to dry out human skin quite quickly, so always ensure you moisturize afterwards.
Neem is a natural insecticide plant that comes in many forms, but the most effective for scabies are the oil and the powder. In this study in India, neem oil was found to have a 97% cure rate within 15 days. Neem is also a great scabies treatment because it is very adept at healing the skin, which is important during a scabies infestation.
The best way to treat scabies with neem is to apply it generously all over the body. Neem oil is not damaging to your skin, but it does stain. You will need to apply it and leave it for a while, then wash it off. Avoid getting it on your clothes and linens. You can also take a neem bath.
Permethrin is the standard scabies treatment will most likely be prescribed by your doctor. It is effective and widely tested. The most important thing when using permethrin is to ensure you use it properly. There are many accounts on the interwebs about people using permethrin multiple times and still not seeing results, even after several months. The reason is they are applying it incorrectly, and damaging their skin in the meantime. For a thorough guide on how to use permethrin correctly and safely, I would highly recommend reading my blog post here.
If you do not have access to a doctor to get a prescription, I also have a blog post detailing how to get permethrin over the counter safely. Check it out here.
Ivermectin is a one-off oral treatment that is mostly used in livestock. However in most developed countries it has also been approved for human use. It is taken in pill form and you can get it from your doctor. If you’re from the States, you may need to get it off-label or over the counter. I have a blog post detailing how to do that here.
If you’re suffering from scabies, I would highly recommend reading my ultimate guide to killing scabies fast. It is the exact same collection of treatments I used during my scabies infestation, and most things can simply be found from your supermarket or basic health store. Many of the treatments detailed above are used. It worked for me, and I’m sure it will work for you too. Check it out here.