When scabies mites burrow underneath the skin, it causes itching and results in a lot of aggravation for those with this skin problem. Symptoms of this skin infection include dry and itchy skin as well as red skin and rashes. It is a highly contagious disease and can be transferred to others by making physical contact through touch or sharing the belongings of the infected person. However, some people can share the same bed with someone and never catch it. It is not just a std disease as it can be communicated via holding hands or arm wrestling. In fact, in facilities for the elderly many times staff members will hold someone's hand and walk them to the dining room due to their walking difficulties. This is one way that it spreads around a nursing home.
A pesticide lotion is prescribed by doctors to help those that are infected. Elimite is a common one and is applied from the neck down and left on till the morning when it's turned off. When this is applied, one must be sure to get it under the nails, on the soles of the feet and in on the hands once again before going to bed.
In certain countries, prescription pesticides are not used. Natural methods are applied instead. There are three natural oils that can be used as a means of how to get rid of scabies. These are neem oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil. These natural oils are strong oils, so you have to test them on an area of your skin before applying it on your body body to avoid allergic skin reactions. They should also be diluted with vegetable oil. Neem oil is used as a contraceptive so this can help the egg production cease. These oils are applied in the same manner as citric juices and extracts except they are not rinsed off. Instead they are applied in the manner of a lotion.
To prevent itching further, you could try soaking yourself in cool bath water. Do not use abrasive soaps or any dermabrasion soaps, since they may aggravate the skin surface. Because the itching can be severe, look into using antihistamines to help with the inflated skin. Moisturize the skin well to help the current lesions heal. Be sure to also clean the home thoroughly and wash the clothing and bed sheets in very hot water to avoid reinfection.