Scabies is a particularly unpleasant skin disease. There are many products which can be used as a scabies cure, not to mention the various medical treatments. However, lets look at one of the oldest and most effective scabies cure – sulphur.
What is scabies?
Infestations of scabies or Sarcoptes scabiei occur only in humans. The parasites or itch mites as they are commonly known cannot survive for extended periods of time without a human for nourishment and warmth – possibly three days maximum.
The female mites having been fertilized burrow beneath the victims skin and lay eggs. Scabies symptoms can take anything between two and six weeks to appear.
Typically a red, extremely itchy rash which gets worse at night appears on certain areas of the body. Most often between the fingers, on the genitals, around the waist, on the breasts, on the wrist and so on. It may also be possible to see the tiny burrows that the mites have created under the skin.
This highly infectious skin disease is passed person to person through extended periods of close skin to skin contact between individuals making finding a successful scabies cure a major priority.
Sulphur as a scabies cure?
The use of sulphur as a scabies cure goes all the way back to 25AD, when a Greek called Celsus used a combination of sulphur and liquid pitch as a cure for outbreaks of scabies.
The use of sulphur in an ointment is an extremely cheap and highly effective way to kill scabies mites under the skin. The sulphur can be added to something equally as inexpensive as Vaseline. Medics will often use a sulphur based treatment for those who are intolerant to the more traditional permethrin or lindane preparations. It is also sometimes used for young children and pregnant women for whom it is deemed to be a low risk treatment.
At present the recommended proportions for making a sulphur scabies treatment are 2% – 10% sulphur to 6% ointment. This mixture needs be applied to the entire body from the neck down before bed each night for three nights in a row. The patient should bathe in the morning to remove remaining cream. The treatment can be repeated after ten days should it be necessary.
There are a couple of major disadvantages to using this as a scabies cure however;
1. The smell – the odour of sulphur is far from pleasant.
2. The mess – sulphur cream will stain clothing and bedding.
It is possible however to get the same effect using sulphur as a cure for scabies without the hassle. There are topical creams and soaps available in stores and online containing sulphur which are also very effective, these often contain essential oils such as lavender or tea tree which help calm the itching.