Scratch, scratch, scratch.
It’s the worst right?
Dealing with scabies is bad enough, but the constant itching is enough to drive anyone insane. In this post I’ll talk about how to get some much needed scabies itch relief, so you can heal faster, safer, and protect your skin from any further damage.
One of the best ways to cool and itch is to take a cold shower, or at least apply cold water or ice to the affected area. I remember waking up in the middle of the night, jumping into a cold shower after scratching my thighs for hours, and after that managing to actually get a decent night sleep. When you scratch, you tend to heat the skin and aggravate the scabies itch even more. This is a super simple (although sometimes uncomfortable) solution to some scabies itch relief.
Use a sulfur or neem soap
Both sulfur and neem have been proven through studies to kill scabies mites (studies here and here). The good news is these are readily available in soaps as well, so you can stop using commercial soaps that are filled with artificial fragrances and chemicals – these often dry out the skin and aggravate your scabies itch. Sulfur and neem soaps might actually do the opposite and help you get the scabies itch relief you’re after.
In fact, I still use neem soap today, long after my scabies have been killed. This is the neem soap I currently use.
Take an antihistamine
Often the rashes and itching that comes with scabies is not from the mites themselves, but an allergic reaction to their faeces and burrows. This means a regular antihistamine is enough to stop scabies itching quite significantly. I took an antihistamine almost every day during my scabies treatment, both to stop the scabies itch and also reduce the severity of the rashes I was getting.
When you have scabies, it’s easy to let it take over your life and just sit there in misery for the duration of your treatment. Unfortunately this leads to more and more itching, as your mind is constantly focused on these mites and the little homes they’re making in your skin!
One of the best ways to counter this is to stay busy – exercise, watch a movie, stretch, meditate. Whatever you can to keep your mind off your scabies itch.
Treat your scabies
Of course, the best way to get scabies itch relief is to treat your scabies. Make sure you have an effective treatment plan and you’re hitting your scabies from all angles. The truth is, scabies is actually quite an easy condition to treat if you hit it hard and fast with effective treatments. If you’d like to see the combination of treatments that helped cure my scabies quickly and safely, I have a whole guide for you to refer to here. It’s all free. Good luck!