You’ve probably heard about sulfur treatments for scabies. There are many ways – soaps, baths, creams, but the question we should really be asking ourselves first is; does it work?
It seems so.
One study in 2012 showed that applying sulfur ointment for 3 consecutive days led to a 91%-97% cure rate in scabies patients, the variance coming from whether the cream was applied during the day or the night. Impressive.
What makes this even more promising is that sulfur is actually very good for your skin. As long as you take precautions that it doesn’t dry your skin out too much, this can be a great double-hit method to give your skin some nourishment and knock your scabies at the same.
Below are 3 ideas to treating your scabies with sulfur:
1. Wash with a sulfur soap
Sulfur soap for scabies isn’t widely used but it is available. Instead of using your regular commercial soap, make the switch to a sulfur based soap to use in the shower each night. Using sulfur soap for scabies is an easy, affordable way to add a bit of sulfur to your treatment plan.
Naturasil makes a great sulfur/lavender soap that is suitable for treating scabies.
It’s made with 10% micronized volcanic sulfur and lavender oil.
Sulfur soap works best if you let it sit on your skin for a while.
What I do is lather up and then turn the shower off for five minutes or so.
Do whatever you want for that time – watch a Youtube video on your phone or sing yourself a song.
After five minutes, wash it off.
2. Take a sulfur bath
This is one of my favorite ways to apply sulfur as it makes it easy to combine with a bunch of other treatments.
Fill up a warm bath to cover your legs and torso, and add a few scoops of sulfur powder.
The smell isn’t all that pleasant (smells like eggs), but it’s bearable. You can also add in a few scabies-killing oils, such as tea tree oil and clove oil.
Another great way to get a sulfur bath is to use natural sulfur pools.
Natural sulfur pools, you ask?
Yes! They exist.
Depending on where you live, natural hot pools are often rich in sulfur.
Simply call the operator and ask, or if it’s simply there in nature for public use, you may need to do a little research.
I luckily have one about 2 hours drive from my home, and I made a visit during my scabies infestation as part of my 3 day house quarantine. If it’s possible, highly recommended.
3. Use a sulfur ointment
Using a sulfur ointment is probably the most popular way to use sulfur to treat scabies.
In the study cited earlier, sulfur ointment was used consecutively for 3 days in order to achieve a 91%-97% cure rate. I probably don’t need to tell you that 91% is very good – that’s actually higher than permethrin and ivermectin in a lot of studies.
The sulfur ointment for scabies I would recommend using is this one.
To apply it, you should apply it similar to the way you apply permethrin. That means you need to apply it everywhere – that includes under the armpits, under the fingernails, behind the ears, in the bellybutton, between the bum cheeks, soles of the feet and so on.
Can you buy sulfur cream at Walgreens?
Yes, you can buy sulfur cream at Walgreens. Walgreens sells sulfur cream and other sulfur products like sulfur soap, ointments and shampoos.
Can you buy sulfur cream at Walmart?
Yes, you can buy sulfur cream at Walmart. Walmart sells most household sulfur products, including soaps and ointments. They also sell sulfur powder if you plan on doing a sulfur bath.
Can you buy sulfur products OTC?
Yes, you can buy sulfur products over the counter. Sulfur products are safe and natural. You do not need a prescription to buy sulfur products.