By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published August 24, 2019, Last updated August 24, 2019
Scabies is an infestation of the skin. Sarcoptes Scabiei, a mite causes this infestation. It is a tiny mite that has eight legs. This mite burrows itself into the top layer of the skin. It reproduces on the top layer of the skin and burrows into it to lay eggs. Scabies causes a lot of itching. Before we get into the best homeopathic medicines for scabies, let us understand a little more about scabies.
What is Scabies
Scabies affects almost 300 million people worldwide every year. It affects people of all ages. Those having low immunity are at a bigger risk. Scabies is a highly contagious skin infestation. It can spread very easily from one person to another due to close contact or sharing of clothes, towels, bedding and even furniture.
As I have mentioned earlier, a tiny mite Sarcoptes Sabiei causes this infestation. This mite lives on the top layer of skin and can live there for months. These mites need skin to survive. Otherwise they can only survive for 2 to 3 days. They reproduce on the top layer of the skin and then burrow into the skin to lay eggs.
Symptoms of Scabies
There is a gestation period of about 6 weeks since infestation. This means that the symptoms appear around 6 weeks after the mites infest the skin for the first time. It takes much less time for symptoms to appear in patients who have been affected earlier. The main symptoms of scabies are as follows-
- Itching – There is intense itching and the itching gets worse at night. This itching occurs as a reaction to the presence of the mites, their eggs and their waste in the burrows of the skin.
- Rash – There are skin eruptions like rash or tracks or lines or bumps or hives on the skin. This is due to the burrows formed by the mites. The most common sites are the fingers, hands, elbows, waist, buttocks, feet and toes.
- Pimples or sores form after scratching due to itching.
Treatment of Scabies
Scabies is a highly contagious disease. It spreads from one person to another very quickly. Once a person has it, the infestation spreads to other family members through the touch, use of towels, bedding and other little things of personal use. This makes it difficult to contain the spread of scabies and also to extinguish the infestation completely. The usual allopathic treatment of scabies involves creams for application and some anti-allergic medicines to relieve the itching. These hardly suffice to completely cure the infestation.
Homeopathic treatment of Scabies
Homeopathy offers a much better option for the treatment of scabies. The homeopathic medicines are able to completely extinguish the mites from the skin. These medicines are able to raise the natural immunity of the patient, which in turn takes care of the infestation, the itching and all attendant symptoms. At the same time, these medicines are able to stop the recurrence of the infestation.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for Scabies
I am giving a small list of the 5 best homeopathic medicines for scabies. This is not an exhaustive list. It comes from more than 2 decades of experience of dealing with scabies cases. Often one has to go out of this list and prescribe some other medicine when the symptoms of the patient so warrant. All said and done these 5 homeopathic remedies for scabies are very important and effective in treating scabies, when the symptoms match with that of the patient.
Sepia- One of the best homeopathic medicines for scabies that is dry and recurs every spring
Merc Sol- One of the best homeopathic remedies for scabies with excessive perspiration
Graphites- One of the best homeopathy medicines for scabies with moist skin
Sulphur- One of the best homeopathy medicines for scabies with itching that is worse from warmth
Apis- One of the best homeopathic medicines for scabies with burning and stinging
A brief description of the above mentioned medicines is being given below-
Sepia- One of the best homeopathic medicines for scabies that is dry and recurs every spring.
When the scabies is dry along with the skin, Sepia is one of the best homeopathic medicines for scabies. The skin symptoms tend to recur every spring season. The eruptions are worse in the bends of elbows and knees. There is sweating on the feet and is worse on the toes. This leads to intolerable odor.
Merc Sol- One of the best homeopathic remedies for scabies with excessive perspiration.
When there is excessive perspiration on the whole body and there is no relief by sweating, Merc Sol is one of the best homeopathic remedies for scabies. Most of the symptoms are worse during perspiration. At the same time, the skin symptoms are worse at night. The scabies symptoms tend to increase during the damp and rainy weather.
Graphites- One of the best homeopathy medicines for scabies with moist skin.
When the skin is mostly moist, Graphites is one of the best homeopathic medicines for scabies. The skin is rough and hard even in areas unaffected by any skin symptoms. There may be thick moist discharge from the eruptions. This discharge is sticky in nature. Usually the Graphites patient is obese or stout. He has constipation. In females, along with skin symptoms, there are menstrual disorders. The menses are usually short and scanty.
Sulphur- One of the best homeopathic medicines for scabies with itching that is worse from warmth.
When the itching is worse from warmth of any sort, Sulphur is one of the best homeopathy medicines for scabies. Burning is present along with itching. The itching is worse in the evening and also increases after scratching. The patient feels weak and hungry at 11.00 am. The Sulphur patient has a dirty, filthy skin and does not like to be washed.
Apis- One of the best homeopathic remedies for scabies with burning and stinging.
When there is burning and stinging in the skin, Apis is one of the best homeopathic remedies for burning and stinging. Apis is made from the honey bee and its characteristic symptoms match that of the honey bee. There is burning and stinging that occurs just like that of the bite of the honey bee. The skin swells like a bag. Usually there is little thirst. Heat worsens all the symptoms.