From: callie.writepage.com (Callie)
Date: 16 Nov 1995 01:21:34 GMT
Subject: Re: Scabies
> There seems to be an infestation of Scabies making the rounds at our local Elementary School.Thankfully neither one of my children have gotten them yet.
> I've heard that Tea Tree Oil is an effective treatment for them but I've never heard how to apply it.Do you dilute it at all?How many times should you apply it?
I don't know about the oil, but here's the background:
- It's a parasite that infests only humans (other animals have their own varieties)
- USUALLY it take close physical contact - sharing a bed is one way.
Because lesions betwen the fingers are common, transmission by handclasping is also possible. Children can infect each during games that require prolonged hand holding.
- The main line of defense is FREQUENT HANDWASHING!!!!
Sulpher ointment is one non-pesticidal remedy, and a strong tincture of benzoin (the resin of Toluifera baslamum, somethines sold as Tolu') also works.
I've heard that the cold-sore remedy Campho-Phenique works - it is logical because the aromatic resins are very similar to benzoin.
From: brumstik.interaccess.com (broomstick)
>2. USUALLY it take close physical contact - sharing a bed is one way.
Also sharing a chair, clothing, etc. They do survive on surfaces for some time. But close physical contact is the most typical
>3. The main line of defense is FREQUENT HANDWASHING!!!!
HOWEVER - if you wash skin to the point of drying it out it will offer a better foothold to the little monsters and will make you MORE susceptible to an infestation. Oily skin is much less likely to offer them a place to stay.
Also, the susceptibility varies widely between individuals. When I was working at an inner-city clinic I kept coming home with them. My husband - with whom I am obviously in close contact with - never ever got them, though. Apparently, they like me better.
>Sulpher ointment is one non-pesticidal remedy,
This works for me! I also use it on my dry skin and haven't had a relapse since. Smells nasty but you feel sooooooooo much better!