How to get rid of scabies or ‘galis’

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  • Scabies is a highly contagious skin disease that should not be taken lightly
  • It is an infestation of small mites that burrows into the skin and causes itching and discomfort
  • Some home remedies might work for scabies

Scabies, or locally known as “galis” or “kati,” is a highly contagious skin disease that should not be taken lightly.

This is because it won’t go away on its own. This is something that time cannot heal alone. It needs treatment and of course, prevention.

Scabies is an infestation of small mites that burrows into the skin and causes itching and discomfort. The mites lay eggs in the skin then hatch a few days later, worsening the situation. This is why it needs treatment.

It is often treated using a lotion, with a generic name of Permethrin, or benzyl benzoate. However, some people do not respond to traditional treatments. This is where home remedy comes in.

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Tea tree oil is among the remedies you can tap to cure scabies. It is a topical treatment for scabies as it relieves itching and heals the rash on the skin but it does not work well on the eggs deeper in the skin.

Neem oil, soaps, and creams, can also be used as an alternative treatment as these have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic properties.

Aloe vera can also alleviate itching and get rid of scabies. Studies show that it is as effective as benzyl benzoate.

Cayenne pepper can also help in easing the itching caused by scabies.

Prevention is also as important as treatment because it can spread easily on the entire household regardless of personal hygiene of a person. An infected individual can spread the disease through skin-to-skin contact and sharing of personal stuff like clothes and towels.

Here are some of the practical ways to prevent it from spreading within your home.

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Early detection for early treatment

Recognizing the rashes before it can spread to other parts of the body would be helpful to treat it quickly.

Good personal hygiene

Always keep yourself clean. Take a daily bath with soap and water and change into clean clothes and undergarments.

Avoid sharing personal stuff  to anyone

You’ll never know if the person is infected with scabies so it’s better to be mindful and keep your own stuff to yourself and refrain from using other people’s belongings like clothes, towels, blankets, pillows, and anything that is used for personal hygiene. It would also be helpful to separate your personal belongings to avoid contaminating other members of the family  while undergoing treatment.

Avoid scratching

We are not told to stop scratching for nothing because it can make the rashes or blisters to cause rupture of the blisters and further spreading it to other parts of your body.