What Is Scabies?

Scabies are microscopic skin parasites known by their scientific name, as Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies infest the top most layers of your skin, where they lay their eggs, and reproduce. This causes an immune reaction from your skin that results in red bumps and rashes.

What Do Scabies Look Like?

Scabies are too small to see with your naked eye. They are only about 1/3 of a millimeter long. They have eight legs, of which the front four are large and used for digging into your skin, and the hind four are much smaller. They can also use there mouth as a suction for holding on to your skin.

Scabies Under the Microscope

Here is a video of a living scabies mite, moving around under a microscope. 

What Are the Symptoms of Scabies?

Scabies cause an immune reaction on surface of your skin that presents as a very itchy red rash, as well as acne-like bumps. You may also notice small grey lines on your skin, known as burrows, where the scabies mites have dug tunnels under your skin.

What Area of the Body Is Affected?

In adults, the most commonly affected areas include the finger webs, wrists, armpits, elbows, waist, butt, and genitals. Babies and toddlers are susceptible to getting scabies on the head, face, palms, and soles of their feet. 

How Do You Get Scabies?

You can catch scabies through skin to skin contact, with someone who already has them, or by touching a contaminated item, such as clothing, bed sheets, or towels. Common things that people get scabies from include sexual intercourse, gyms, massages, and contact sports like wrestling. 

Scabies Prevalence by Country

Here is a map that roughly shows the countries where scabies are most common. I have darken the places where scabies is most prevalent per capita. As you can see, China and Brazil are the most highly affected countries. 

Standard Treatment for Scabies

When you go to your doctor with scabies, he will most commonly prescribe you a pesticide called permethrin. But it has side effects such as itching, rash, numbness, and tingling. It may also  temporarily worsen your itching and rashes. Permetherin is not technically an over the counter medication, but you can get permetherin from amazon here.

Turmeric Rub Remedy for Scabies

Turmeric is one of the best herbs to use, for reliving the symptoms of scabies, although it is not known, whether turmeric can actually kill the scabies mites. Here’s what to do. Take one tablespoon of turmeric. Add drops of hot water, until it is a thick paste. Rub the paste all over your rash, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have turmeric, you can get it from amazon here.

Tea Tree Remedy for Scabies

Tea tree oil contains powerful acaricidal (mite killing) compounds, such as terpinen-4-ol. It can be rubbed on the skin topically, to kill off all of the scabies mites that are infesting your skin. Here’s what you do. Take one cup of coconut oil. Add one tablespoon of tea tree oil. Rub the balm all over the affected area.  If you don’t have any, you can get tea tree oil from amazon here.