Finally rid of scabies after 6+ months, here's what I did
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#1 Apr 30, 2010
I am not sure what it was that actually got rid of them, but here is what I have been doing the past 2 months.
Oral: Ivermectin 1.87% Paste, for 200lbs (I am 170)
Reg Topical: Vaseline Cocao Butter Formula (I like this because it is a thinker skin cream and stays on longer) mixed with 5-8% sulfur, small amounts of tea trea oil, clove oil, and anise oil.
Iver Topical: Ivermectin Paste, enough for 200lbs mixed into a small container of Vaseline with 10% Sulfur.
Enviroment: Spray with 3 parts Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 parts water, as much Borax as will dissolve, and some Tea Tree Oil. I sprayed this everywhere, enough to leave a fine coating on walls and other surfaces.
Laundry: Let soak in borax in hot hot water for 1 hour, and dry extra long. Wear gloves, and immediately put in plastic bag.
Bath: 2 Cups Borax, 2 Cups Epson Salt, 1 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
Shampoo: Shampoo has a small amount of Iver mixed in, as well as Neem Oil.
Floor: I liberally sprinkled diotamacious earth liberally on the floor around my bed, so any crawling up would have to go through. I also sprinkled this less thickly across all the carpet.
Other: Plastic sandals that I wore at home all the time. I did not get out of bed without them, as I felt I kept getting reinfested from the floor. I wiped them down every night.
Other: Vinyl covers for bed, pillow, and couch.
I washed my sheets and blankets only 2 or 3 times a week, but I have a steamer I would use on my bedding every night which really helped.
Every day I would either soak in a bath or in the hottub for at least an hour after I cleaned my bed and did laundry, then I would immediately put a topical on. I probably bathed 4 nights a week and hot tubbed other 3.
Every Monday (doesn't really matter the day, just one deep clean day a week), I would wash all my sheets and blankets and throughly wipe down vinyl cover. This was the day I would take the Ivermectin, and apply the Ivermectin topical. I would also use the topical the next night, but the rest of the nights use the topical without Iver.
I could feel crawling on my feet very badly so I would really coat the Vaseline on there before bed, and afterward put on socks so it stayed in better and did not rub off on my blanket.
I've gone the past 3 weeks with no symptoms, not even one little crawly feeling. After 6+ months this is such a relief.
I know there are a LOT of different remedies all combined, but I was so frustrated I just kept adding things so it is difficult to know what exactly worked individually, or if it was the combination. This information is also already out there in different posts, I just wanted to share what I did that worked for me. I think the 4 main elements that helped the most were:
Oral Iver combined with an Iver/Sulfur Topical
Steam clean bedding every night
Coating of h202 and borax on walls ans other surfaces
Good luck, I wouldn't wish this on anyone :(
#2 Apr 30, 2010
Has anyone had puffy eyelids from Sulfur they mixed up? I think that is the cause of my puffy eyelids. But I am not sure, it could be so many things.
#3 Apr 30, 2010
I got puffy eyelids really badly a couple of weeks ago. It is almost better now.
I thought mine was from tea tree oil that I mixed too strongly with another oil. It really burned my eyelids.
I could definitely see sulphur doing that too.
#4 Apr 30, 2010
im only in my first trimester & now i caught the mites from my older daughter what to do???
#5 Apr 30, 2010
Bitey, when I used sulphur mixed with lotion and applied to my face, eventually my eyes would sting ALOT. I think it was because the sulphur absored into my blood stream and got into my eyes that way. Don't know about the puffy eyelids. Could be because your eyelids are infested and the sulfur is irritating them.
#6 Apr 30, 2010
I never noticed any puffy eyelids, but I never put anything with Sulfur on my face. Usually puffy eyelids are a result of water retention, and sulfur dries out the skin so I don't see how it would do that, but I don't really know.
@mom to be: I would go see a doctor. Most of the meds will say not to use if pregnant. Ivermectin, for example. But that doesn't mean it is harmful, per se, just that studies haven't been done. Your doctor will probably have some better recommendations. You can try a lot of the natural remedies as well, things like tea tree oil and borax on the carpet would not adversely effect your pregnancy.
#7 Apr 30, 2010
I was thinking the sulfur was in my bloodstream making for puffy eyelids, but I did not put it on face. Rest of body yes.
Eyes stung yesterday after the sulfur. Maybe I need to dilute the sulfur...trying to only use it on feet, hands, and elbow, the areas I thing are reinfested.
Kaiser first derm appointment is June 30th. Great. I am going to sue them.
#8 Apr 30, 2010
Yes, maybe your percentage of sulfur is too high. I know mine was pretty high. maybe 20 to 25%
#9 Apr 30, 2010
I had really bad puffy eyes, and also at one point gotten cankles (really fat ankles), or pitting edema. Puffy eyes is one sign of it, and yes I had it for awhile...I believe it was from taking Ivermectin. I have long since stopped it as it damaged my kidneys....
Went to the doctors today, and he told me POINT BLANK that if I have followed the elimite protocol, and have been batling scabies for five months THEN IT IS NOT SCABIES....I said oh, so these burrows aren't scabies? I don't have the pimples he said, which shows scabies. I told him my body has quit producing the allergic reaction.
Went to the health food store bought more clarkia (herbal parasite killer), natrium muriaticum, sulfur pills, liver & kidney detox tea, DE, and came home and dumped sea salt in my bathtub soaked, scrubbed, dumped the sea salt in my hair, slathered neem & oilve oil all over me and liberally in my hair, and all I can say id I feel alot better than I have in awhile....
Try switching off of Ivermectin to Clarkia, and drinking lots of water, and see if that helps.
#10 Apr 30, 2010
Hi, i am afraid to take iver. I will try sea salt in hair my husband viewed the microscopic pics of the eggs in my hair and compared with his own hair and now we think it is dandruff. Of course the orange cat also has white eggs in his hair as viewed in the microscope.
I will use clarkia, natrium, sea salt, neem olive oil, etc. Maybe it is just dandruff,,,,i
#11 May 1, 2010
Bitey: What about cheyletiella mite.... nickname is Walking Dandruff. From the article that itchygirl posted, this mite is becoming more common around the states.
A good Derm Vet may be able to diagnose for you. But you cannot wash the cat and you have to let any meds you have given the cat to wear off. That way the eggs can hatch out, so the vet can do a flea combing on it, or take a scraping from an apparent hot spot. Even if the vet doesn’t come up with a positive identification, he/she may be able to give you some insight about what is going on with your cats. Take the cat that has more symptoms than the others, the weakest one. Try to find the best vet around your area. A good derm vet will know that these mites are infesting humans.
#12 May 1, 2010
So true, i have to take Bob to the cat vet derm.
#13 Nov 10, 2010
I had scabies six months ago. Everything over the summer seemed fine. Recently though my arms have begun to itch and it almost looks like they're coming back. Anything that wasn't washed it super hot water was bagged up in black trash bags for anywhere between 2 weeks and 4 months. I put the terrible ordeal out of my head but I'm not sure what this rash is. At first I dismissed it as dry skin, but now I am not too sure. Any help out there is greatly appreciated!!
Since: Oct 10
#14 Nov 11, 2010
Have a skin test done to see if it is scabies again.
Also can you give us more details for how you caught this 6 months ago? Was it through animals and the animals are still with you?
Was it through work, let's say at a lake with sand, the mites are in the sand in some areas quite a bit.
Adam, tell us more and then we can try to give advice.
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