When I first had scabies, my doctor actually recommended I take a scabies bleach bath before starting my treatment.
The idea was that a scabies bleach bath would kill mites on the surface of the skin, and the prescription treatments like permethrin and ivermectin would kill the mites under the surface.
Although there are no real studies or scientific evidence that back up the effectiveness of bleach baths and scabies, there is quite a lot of anecdotal evidence and people on the internet claiming it works.
Should I do a scabies bleach bath?
My advice is: Yes.
If doctors are recommending it, and people are having success with it, you have nothing to lose by trying it. I took 2-3 bleach baths during my scabies treatment and I cannot say for sure whether it helped or not, but when you have scabies it helps to hit them with absolutely everything you’ve got!
It is also a very cheap home remedy and you probably already have bleach sitting around the house. Have a go. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, no harm done.
Is there any reason not to do a scabies bleach bath?
The only reason I would say is, if you have very sensitive skin, or you have skin conditions like eczema or severe allergies, then perhaps you should stick to the natural treatments recommended on this site. Bleach is actually quite harsh on skin, but remember that your skin is also very tough and designed to withstand things much stronger than diluted bleach! If you have healthy skin, give it a try.
How do you use a scabies bleach bath?
It’s very simple. Fill up a bath with warm water, enough to cover your shoulders. Add 2-4 cups of regular household bleach, depending on the size of the bath. This will be enough to kill surface mites, but not so strong that it will damage your skin. A good litmus test for a scabies bleach bath is that it should make you smell like you’ve just gone for a swim at the YMCA. If you can’t smell anything at all when you get you get out, you didn’t put enough.
Soak in the bath for about 10-15 minutes, then get out and moisturize right away!!! As I said, bleach is not good for your skin, so make sure you take care of it afterwards. If you’re suffering from scabies, I recommend using a mixture of regular body lotion and tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is proven to kill scabies mites, and the body lotion is perfect for diluting it and carrying it into the skin.
Are you currently suffering from scabies? Check out my full guide to treating scabies quickly and effectively. This is the same treatment plan I used to treat my own scabies infestation, and I’m sure it will help you too. Good luck!