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Scabies - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Scabies. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Petroleum Jelly, Ivermectin

Posted by Nina (Philippines) on 08/16/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Regarding petroleum jelly for scabies posts:

Yes, you are right.

Petroleum jelly chokes these mites. Also, sulfur cream 10% works faster if u apply petroleum jelly first before the sulfur cream. It causes the sulfur to penetrate deeper.

I had a friend who was severely infested. Permethrin creams, lemon oil, tea tree oil, neem oil, you name it she used it-- No cure. It was driving her crazy n depressed.

I always have ivermectin injectable handy coz its a very convinient antiparasite meds, knocks out mites n worms etc.

We don't have access to ivermectin tablets for humans. Nothing to buy in this remote Philippine island.

So we did an experiment. We got a syringe took out 3 cc 1% ivermectin liquid from the bottle took out the needle. Then she rubbed petroleum jelly from neck down to her feet. Made it sit for a good 10 minutes. Thick amount was applied. After that drop by drop, we rubbed the ivermectin liquid from neck down.

Let it sit for 5 minutes before putting on clothes. It itched like hell! But she bravely took it, did not scratch. After about 10 minutes, the itching subsided until it was gone entirely.

She slept through the night. We left the meds there for 10 hours before washing it off. The next day the redness was gone, the rashes were dry, and her very dry skin was not so harrassed anymore. No more itching!

The treatment was repeated the next night. So two nights in a row for the first week, then once a week for 4 weeks. Scabies gone! We did pray so much that first night of treatment n expected a miracle. And a miracle she got!

We got borax n dusted it all over her house, everywhere. Sprayed lemon oil mixed wd water all over as well. Together wd the repeated laundry, cleaning etc.

She treated her place like a warzone. Always wearing pants tucked inside thick socks.

Never using clothes more than once, never sleeping on the same clothes u wore that day. Constant dryer n washing. Different shoes n slippers in her room .

Constantly rubbing petroleum jelly.

I hope this info helps. I hope all of you reading this will pray, never give up hope and expect a miracle as well. And I know you will be cured.


DMSO, Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Thankful (Australia) on 07/18/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Sharon's treatment below from 2009 for just over 36hrs, used the 3/4 cup DMSO (70% DMSO - 30%Purified water), 1 Cup water, 1 Tablespoon (35%) Peroxide & 1 extra Cup water (mixed with peroxide to dilute before adding to DMSO & water) added mixture to spray bottle and set to work. Found this recipe late evening, applied two applications before bedtime. Applied every 2 hours next day, the first 3 - 4 application there was scabies coming out of the skin immediately to escape certain death, some even climbed hair follicles. Now at 36hrs only have occasional scabies coming out of the skin.

This is my second bout of scabies in 4 years, I was advised that once you have had them your body is more susceptible to contracting them again for some reason. The first bout lasted for nearly 12mths before killing them off, I even tried 3 lots of Lyclear scabies cream without success back then.

This recipe has been a blessing day 2 and scabies nearly all gone.


Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide Soak

Posted by Truemermaid (Al) on 07/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

After one year with dealing with scabies the only thing we found to work for my husband's dry skin was Ted's remedy for pet mange. 50/50 peroxide and borax left on the skin overnight. Overnight was the key because borax bath soaks that cleared the other members of our household during reinfestations were not absolving the problem for him. Thus, every few days he would need to repeat treatment to avoid reinvesting the household. Permethrin (bought from local farm store) repelled mites from our furniture but did not kill immediately (3 days in non-humid environment). We tried both ivermectin and moxidectin however both repelled but did not eliminate the problem.

One method I found to help with clothing, especially shoes and belts, was freezing them for at least 10 minutes. Extreme changes in temperatures kill the mites but hot baths were too drying on my husband's skin and made the problem worse. His flaky dry skin was harboring the bugs and one peroxide/borax treatment overnight ended our war!

I hope this helps anyone dealing with this and know you are not dirty for keeping scabies. There is not enough information or research from the local USA doctor community to help adults with this disease.