SKIN MITES / SCABIES
An itchy Skin condition caused by an infestation of the itch mite Sarcoptes Scabiei is called scabies. Mites are usually very small parasites having eight legs. They produce intense itching .They are tiny and burrow into the skin. They are not visible to the naked eye.
Scabies can occur worldwide and it affects people of all races. They spread very fast in overcrowded and unhygienic conditions where body contact occurs. Many institutions like as nursing homes, extended care facilities and day care facilities are often become the most vulnerable areas of scabies outbreak.
Excess itching of scabies makes it hard to resist scabies. Frequent scratching leads to open sores which become prone to infection. Bacterial skin infections, such as, impetigo is the most common complications of scabies. Scabies is seen as honey colored, oozing blisters. This type of infection is usually treated with antibiotics.
SCABIES OR SOMETHING ELSE?
Earlier this problem can be mistaken to be any other skin problem because the rashes looks almost similar. It looks like acne, or a mosquito bite. What makes scabies different is its harsh itch. Itching is more severe in small kids and the elder people.
WHERE DO SCABIES MITES LIVE?
They can live anywhere on the body but most likely found:
- Between the fingers
- Folds of wrist, elbows and knees.
- Around the waistline and navel.
- Breasts and genitals
- Head, neck, face, palms and even soles.
Mites which cause scabies dig deep into the skin and lay their eggs, forming a burrow which resembles a pencil mark. Its Eggs mature in 21 days.
- Abrasions on the skin
- Pimples on the trunk
- Small blisters on palm and soles
- Affects outer skin.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Scabies mites might only live upto 72 hours without human contact, but once it thrives a person it can live upto two months. Mites survive longer in colder conditions with higher humidity. When infests on a human, it burrows deep into the layers of skin and symptoms start begin visible within three to six weeks.
TESTS AND DIAGNOSIS
To diagnose scabies doctor examine skin, looking for signs of mites including the characteristic burrows.
During examination the doctor locates for a mite burrow, then takes a sample of the infected area of skin to examine under a microscope determining the presence of mites or their eggs.
CAUSE OF SKIN PROBLEMS IN AYURVEDA
An imbalance of tridoshas- vata, pitta and kapha leads to skin problems as per Ayurveda .The prime is pitta dosha.
Pitta dosha initiates contamination of body tissues and resulting in various skin diseases.
Ayurveda soothes the vitiated pitta doshas and also eradicates the toxins from our body.
NATURAL TREATMENT FOR SCABIES
Natural Herbal Remedies For Scabies / Skin Mites
1. Neem Capsules
Standardized extracts of 'Neem' herb (Azadirachta Indica) are used for preparing these capsules. Neem is known for its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. The use of Neem capsules is beneficial in managing skin disorders like eczema, dermatitis, warts, acne, psoriasis, boils, rashes, and Scabies.
Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day.
2. Tab. Gandhak Rasayan
To prepare these tablets, Shuddh Gandhak (Purified Sulphur) is combined with potent herbs like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Patra (Cinnamomum tamala), Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea), Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba), and Shunti (Zingiber officinalis). These tablets can treat fungal infections, purify the blood, reducing acne/pimples/itchiness, and improve skin complexion.
Dosage: 1 tablet three times a day.
3. Tab. Kaishore Guggul
Kaishore Guggul of is very does wonders for treating various skin diseases like: acne, eczema etc. In view of acient Ayurveda, skin problems results due to the imbalance of Pitta (heat) .This product consists of purifying herbs like – triphala and giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). It is very useful in balancing, controlling and removing excess pitta thereby soothing the skin.It also cures ulcers, bleeding and inflammation associated with glandular cheilitis.
Major Ingredients Of Kaishore Guggul Are:
- Amalki (Emblica officinalis)
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
- Guggul (resin) (Commiphora mukul)
- Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
- Long pepper (Piper longum)
- Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
- Red physic nut (Baliospermum monatum)
- Indian jalap (Ipomoea turpethum)
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice daily.
4. Spirulina Capsules
Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a blue green algae (cyanobacterium) Planet Ayurveda’s Spirulina capsules are of high nutritional value. Planet Ayurveda Spirulina capsules contain standardised extract of high nutritional value spirulina rather than only raw powder. It contains potassium, calcium, copper and iron elements and pigment such as beta-carotene.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.
5. Tea Tree - Aloe Vera Bathing Bar
Planet Ayurveda's Tea Tree- Aloe Vera Premium Handmade bathing Bar is made with all natural extracts. Soap up and lather with normal plain water to reap its plentiful skin benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and leaves your skin soft and supple after every bath. It contains coconut oil, castor oil, cottonseed oil, sugar, palm oil, tea tree oil, aloe -Vera extract, fragrance and sodium hydroxide.
6. Green Tea – Aloe (Green Essential Gel Scrub)
Planet Ayurveda another gentle but effective formulation for use as a facial cleanser. It removes all traces of dead skin cells and opens blocked pores. Its regular use cleanses, invigorates, hydrates and softens the skin which makes your skin feel fresh and clean.
It contains EDTA, Allointoin, Aloe Vera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Glycerin, Carbomer-940, Scrub Grits, Iscaguard PEG, Perfume and D.M.Water.