[YEA] My twenty one year old son with Down syndrome has had jock itch since he went through puberty. Over the counter remedies didn't work. Essential oils such as eucalyptus and tea tree helped a little but not significantly, and irritated his already sensitive skin. More diluted mixtures to protect the skin weren't strong enough to help significantly. Eventually the skin became purplish gray (from chronic jock itch, according to the doctor). In addition, the skin on his entire body is always red, very dry and irritated looking.
Recently I had scabies and decided to treat my son in order to prevent him from catching them. The things i did differently than usual were to add some orange oil to his body wash and shampoo, I rubbed his skin with neem oil and/or extract in olive oil carrier daily, and soaked him twice in one week with Ted's borax/hydrogen peroxide soak (not too much peroxide) and left it on the skin. After about ten days, I brought him to the doctor to make sure he didn't have scabies. When the doctor examined his private area, he looked so surprised and commented about how much better my son's skin looked. My mouth dropped open when I noticed that beautiful normal color of his skin of his private area. In fact although still dry looking, the redness that pretty much covers his entire body is about eighty-five per cent gone! I realized that he hasn't been scratching lately either. I don't know which of the three remedies contributed to his improvement, possibly a good combination of treatments. In fact it's early to tell, but he might even be completely cured of the jock itch. I chose the neem for it's anti-scaby benefits, but also because it's said to be kind to the skin. I had the impression from researching that neem eliminates scabies, over time, with consistent daily applications, not a one or two time application to be effective.
BTW, I enjoy sharing effective remedies, because we've been helped so much by the info on the site and i like to give back.
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Approval Ratings YEA (2) 100% Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 01/19/2010
[YEA] a friend of mine had scabies and came in my house to tell me about it and even sat on my bed!!! (before she told me LOL)
she had welts everywhere and she had been scratching for days and it looked very uncomfortable!
i told her to try orange oil added into her bath water and also to make a mix in spray bottle of about 50 drops or so for 16 ounces of water.
she came back and told me that it had worked!!!
now she only came to me after she had been to the doctor twice and used the prescription creams and they didn't work - but the orange oil did.
WARNING: do not go into the sun after applying the orange oil - it photosensitizes skin (makes it easier to burn) so it may be better to use it at night which is what she did.
also, keep orange oil away from MALE pet rats. the limomene in it can cause them to develop tumors in later life supposedly.
orange oil is very cheap also and it smells good! although after using it for a while you may get sick of smelling the orange smell.
oh - and i immediately did and orange oil bath and sprayed the same mixture of orange oil all over my bed and in my room and had not scabies trouble myself!!!Replied by Natural Dr
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