Scabies: 4 Foods To Avoid & 4 Foods You Should Eat

Scabies: 4 Foods To avoid & 4 Foods You Should Eat

4 foods to avoid when you have scabies

The four foods that you should avoid eating, when your dealing with scabies, include dairy, grains, vegetable oils, and alcohol. As I will explain below, all of these foods have one thing in common. They all cause massive inflammation through various processes in your body. Since all of the symptoms of scabies, is actually your bodies own allergic (inflammatory) reaction, foods that increase inflammation will make your symptoms worse, where as, foods that decrease inflammation, will improve your symptoms.

1. Dairy


The first food you should avoid if you have a scabies infection is dairy. Foods like cheese, yogurt and milk are common trigger foods for acne and skin rashes. Consuming dairy will further aggravate the allergic reaction that is already being caused by the scabies. There are a few different reasons for this.

Firstly, it is a pro inflammatory food. Any pro inflammatory food that you eat will cause inflammation of the skin making conditions like acne, rashes and scabies infections worse. Dairy products also contain hormones and antibiotics that will mess with your own bodies hormones, for example, an increase in estrogen. This can lead to pimples and generally more irritated skin. 

Lastly, dairy is one of the most common food intolerances. You or someone you know probably has a problem digesting lactose, the main sugar found in dairy. Food intolerances like this, can cause inflammation through every part of or body, including your skin. Even worse, if you have an allergy to dairy, it will over activate your immune system and make your rash ten times worse.

2. Grains


You should try to avoid grains as much as possibly when your dealing with scabies. Grains like wheat, oats, barley, and spelt contain allergens and inflammatory compounds such as gluten. The main way that gluten causes skin problems is through your gut. When gluten is digested by your stomach and enters your digestive tract and causes an over production of a compound called zonulin. When levels of zonulin are to high, it causes the openings in your gut lining  to be too large, allowing allergens and bacteria to enter your blood stream. When this happens, your immune system goes on high alert, and mounts an inflammatory response to try to get rid of the foreign invaders. As I’ve already mentioned, an increase in inflammation will only make the your symptoms worse. 

Pesticides are another thing found in grains more often than other foods. This is a concern if you are eating non organic breads and cereals. The first and most noticeable effects of low level pesticides are itchy and irritated skin, so you may want to eat organic grains if you decide that you cant live without them.

3. Vegetable Oils

vegetable oil

This one will be more of a challenge to avoid, because vegetable oils are found in just about every processed food product. If you read the label on the back of any your canned or packaged food, you may see ingredients like canola, corn, soybean, peanut, safflower, sunflower or cottonseed oil. All of these are vegetable oils that you should avoid. The reason that they cause so much irritation of your skin is because they all contain high amounts of poly unsaturated fats. These particular fats are very susceptible to rancidity and have an extremely short shelf life, which is why, before  they are sold to you or put into food, they are boiled at an extremely high temperature and then deodorized to remove the smell. 

This means that unless you buy raw, unprocessed oil, you can guarantee that your eating rancid oils. When you eat rancid oils, it causes massive inflammation by free radical damage. This is why you will get pimples the day after you eat an entire bag of potato chips. To sum up, if you are already dealing with scabies then you should definitely try to avoid these oils, because they will further aggravate your symptoms, and make your rash even worse.

4. Alcohol


You might have guessed that alcohol is not the best thing to consume when you are trying to cure a skin condition. But what is it about alcohol that is so bad for your skin? There are three main things you should know about why will worsen your skin. Number one. It’s very dehydrating. Alcohol acts as a diuretic to force water out of our body and makes it very hard to re hydrate. This will cause your skin to become cracked and dry. 

Reason two. Alcohol contain very high amounts of a sugar called ethanol. Ethanol is a very inflammatory compound when you consume it in high amounts. This is due to an effect known as glaciation. Glycation is basically when sugars (like ethanol) react with proteins and fats in an abnormal way, producing harmful molecules called “advanced glycation endproducts”. Suffice it to say, this is very bad for your skin and can even cause premature ageing.

The third reason you should avoid alcohol is because it will spike up your insulin and cause disruption of your sex hormones. When your hormones get out of wack, you may notice more oily skin and get more frequent breakouts.

 Lastly, alcohol can disrupt your brain circadian rhythm, making it hard to sleep at night. Add this to the continuous itching that is already keeping you awake at night, and you’ll probably have a very restless night of sleep.

4 foods you should eat when you have scabies

Some of the foods that I recommend below, have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. But also, some of them have special anti-parasitic compounds that will greatly assist you in killing off the scabies. These foods include turmeric, black walnuts, garlic, and aloe vera. If you keep reading, I will go into more depth to explain why and how these foods can help.

1. Turmeric

The best thing you can eat, when you have scabies is turmeric, (or you can use ginger as an alternative). Of the foods mentioned above, you might have noticed that they have one thing that in common. They all cause massive inflammation. 

Well, turmeric does the opposite. It is one of the most anti inflammatory foods you can find. The compound responsible for this is curcumin, which also gives turmeric its naturally orange color. Curcumin works by inhibiting NF-kB, a molecule that turns on genes related to inflammation. Because all of the symptoms of scabies are due to an allergic reaction caused by your immune system, the inhibition of NF-KB blocks this response and you should notice an immediate difference using turmeric.

So, how do you prepare turmeric to use as a remedy for scabies? 

You can either apply it directly to your skin, or you can consume it as a food. For both of these methods, I recommend making a tea out of turmeric. To make the tea, Put one tablespoon of turmeric powder in a cup. Add a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for five minutes. Next, you can use a strainer like this one, to filter out the fiber. Now you can use this tea to rub directly on your rash or you can just drink it. I should also tell you that pure turmeric tea doesn’t taste amazing when you first try it, so i would recommend that you add a squeeze of lemon to mask the flavor. 

2. Black Walnuts

black walnut

The use of black walnuts has been documented as far back as the roman times, as an effective treatment for human parasites. Black walnuts contain anti-parasitic compounds like juglone, which is mainly found on the outer shell. 

Whats the difference between black walnuts and regular walnuts? 
Black walnuts basically look the same as a regular walnuts. The only difference in appearance is that they have a black shell. Hence the name “back walnut”. The real difference though, is that black walnuts contain the anti parasitic compound, juglone, where as regular walnuts do not. 
Including black walnuts in your your diet may help you to fight off the scabies infestation, but the more commonly used part of the walnut is the black outer shell. 
Where do you get black walnuts and how do you use them? 
If you just want to eat them, you can get a bag of then. If you decide want to get faster relief by putting it on your skin topically, you can find an extract of the black walnut shells that contain high amounts of juglone.

3. Garlic


You have probably heard of garlic being used to kill parasites before. But is it really effective against scabies? There are no scientific studies proving that garlic can specifically kill scabies. But there is a lot of anecdotal evidence of people using it as a home remedy with success. The reason garlic is effective against parasites is because it contains a compound called allicin, that is a potent anti-parasitic. 

How do you use garlic to kill scabies? 

Most people will crush the garlic up and rub it directly onto their rash. Which is not a bad method, but then you end up smelling like garlic for a week. I have found that for whatever reason, eating garlic in high amount can be just as effective. My mom takes what she calls “garlic shooters”, where she squeezes a teaspoon of raw garlic into a shot glass, along with a tablespoon of olive oil, and she swallows it down in one gulp.

4. Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Lastly, you should be eating aloe vera, if you have a scabies infection. The ancient Egyptians used this plant as a beauty product and also for its ability to rapidly heal wounds. Since then, science has discovered that aloe vera does this because is an anti-inflammatory and contains all of the natural amino acids that your body needs to repair skin and muscle tissue. 

A study was conducted in 2009 where researchers used an application of aloe vera gel, on subjects suffering from a scabies infestation. They reported a total remission of the patient’s symptoms. (You can find that article here). Does this mean that aloe vera has some anti-parasitic compounds that is killing off the scabies mites? Or just that the aloe is healing the skin so rapidly, that the patients where left with no symptoms, even though there may have still been living mites? The answer is that more research probably needs to be done on this to find out, but ether way, using aloe vera can be a super beneficial food for your skin, when you have scabies. 

How do you use aloe vera for scabies? 

You can ether apply the aloe vera topically like the researchers did, or you can eat it as a food. I will give you a tip about eating aloe vera. I personally tried blending it up in a blender and drinking it. The taste was disgusting. Next I tried swallowing it whole, which did not taste as bad, but still not ideal. I ended up just going to the store and buying this aloe vera drink.

Good Luck

PS: I hope these 4 foods help you get rid of those itchy mites. Leave a comment if they helped you.

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