How to stop scabies itching at night?
It’s a common problem that can slow down your scabies treatment, as this can spread scabies mites, cause inflammation, and disrupt your sleep – something that is super important when your body is trying to heal.
In this post we’re going to discuss how to stop scabies itching, and some ways you can get scabies itch relief, especially at night when it seems to be at its worst.
1. Calm the scabies itch with an antihistamine
One of the best ways to get some scabies itch relief is to use an antihistamine. Antihistamines work by calming down any allergic reaction your body is having to scabies. Interestingly, your body isn’t actually allergic to the mite itself – it’s allergic to the burrows in the skin and the faeces the mites leave behind.
If you’ve been wondering how to stop scabies itching – a simple over-the-counter anthistamine might do the trick – pop one about an hour before you go to sleep and hopefully it will give you the scabies itch relief you need for a good night’s sleep.
2. Use a sleep aid to help you sleep through the night
These are surprisingly effective at stopping you from itching your scabies all night, or at the very least they will help you sleep right through the night, even if you do itch your scabies during your sleep.
There are many sleep aids out there, but my absolute favorite is actually from sports supplement company Onnit. Their “New Mood” supplement is awesome for winding you down at the end of the evening. They’re a little more expensive than the generic stuff, but their commitment to quality makes them worth every penny. I haven’t found anything that comes even close.
3. Keep your room temperature cool
Your skin will fare a lot better in a cooler temperature. Warmer temperatures will make you sweat and this will only aggravate your skin and make your scabies itch more at night! Avoid using any kind of heater (unless of course you live somewhere extremely cold anyway) and try to keep yourself from sweating. If you’ve moisturized like I recommend in my Scabies Treatment Guide, then you will probably be even more prone to sweating, so again, keep your room cool.
4. Wear loose clothing to sleep
One of the best ways to stop scabies itching at night is to keep your clothing loose and comfortable. Cotton is perfect as it will let your skin breathe and usually isn’t too tight. Keep this in mind during the day as well – tight clothing often aggravates the skin (particularly underwear and undergarments) so try and dress loose for the duration of your treatment.
5. Take a warm bath before sleeping
Warm baths are excellent as a secondary scabies treatment. The bonus is they tend to relax the body at night, and this will help you reach a deeper sleep and help you get through the night. In my Scabies Treatment Guide I recommended some natural treatments for scabies and these all go great in baths too!
One great bath recipe is:
- 6 drops of tea tree oil
- 6 drops of rosemary oil
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 cup of epsom of Himalayan salts
You can even make the bath quite hot, as long as you moisturize with body lotion and tea tree oil afterwards, as suggested in my guide.
There you go – 5 great tips to deal with your scabies itch at night. Sleep well!