Scabies is VERY treatable! My story.
cured

Aberdeen, UK

#21 Nov 16, 2011
somehow my sister managed to get scabies.. she was constantly itching for about 2months because she thought the washing powder had changed, she went back home where she lived and went to see the doctor and then got told she had scabies, I didn't think I had it because I didn't itch for about a month before she left but I did, the itching was horrible.. but I didn't wake up during the night only a few times? so I went to see my doctor and he gave me the cream they use and I used that, I changed all my bedding and clothes what I wore and put it on, it was iterating my skin but the itching went away almost straight away as soon as I washed it off, I got that paranoid about having it I saw a comment on here about using bleach in the bath and around the home, so I done that for 4 days and it feeled like nothing could be better but it was playin on my mind and I had dry skin on my arms and the top of my legs, I visited the doctors and they said I was completly cured so I couldn't be happier but when i went home I still was itching so I used salt in my creams and in my bath and it helped me so much, I tend to feel crawling but I know it's in my mind and I know this because I ending up catching dermititus off the creams so people IF you think you still have them but arnt itching badly then you might have dermititus, so I begg to make sure that you are suffering with the right thing.. because the doctors only know things by books but they don't know what's happening, they digignosed me with scabies when I had seriorses so please make sure and I hope this helps x x x
creeped out by it

Mena, AR

#22 Nov 16, 2011
I posted on another thread and am now surprised and horrified at the monies being spent and the chemicals we all have been using. Info from the other thread mentioned Medical grade oil of turpentine rectified and since this was the only thing I had not tried, I got my hometown pharmacist to order it for me.$18 for 3 bottles. Used it straight from the bottle over every square inch of my body.It stung a little around the peri-anal area for a few hours, but I dealt with it. Slept with it on and washed it off the next morning. AMAZING!!!! I have used it for about a week only treating the itchies as they pop up. Tomorrow will be one week, so I will do the entire body treatment again. I do the bleach baths every 3-4 days, also amazing. Keeping the house super clean and clothes and bedding washed in hot water and dried on hot for 60 minutes in my clothes dryer. So,$18 for the oil and $3 for the bleach, as opposed to $400 to treat all 4 of us with Elimite. I also posted on the other thread that when I scratched, I would see TINY little black hairs (not threads) on my palms and fingernails. I have not seen one of those for two whole days now,and I look at my hands and fingers with a magnifying glass every time I scratch just to make sure. Remember to get the turpentine oil into your external ear canals also. I agree with what was said earlier about several different types of mites being part of the problem. I had no rash, no burrows, nothing but the insane itching. I ended up rubbing vaseline over the itchy areas, scratching, lifting the goo from my fingernail with a paperclip and CAREFULLY placing it on a glass slide to look at under a microscope. Only when I did that and showed my PA were we diagnosed with a mite. Please be consistent with your treatment and cleaning, even if you wear something for only a few minutes, WASH IT.

Since: Oct 10

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#24 Dec 1, 2011
Dear Creeped Out

When you add the turpentine to your skin,, are the black hairs still coming out?

Can I ask you what your PA said, when you put the black hairs on the glass slide? That is not the mite, that is simply the burrow remains, debris from the burrow and feces from the mites correct?

Was you mite black or yellow? I would like to know more about what the doc said.
Sandra

Brooklyn, NY

#25 Oct 28, 2012
I am new to scabies. When my doctor told me I had it i went crazy. i used permetherin and i thought it would go away. I don't think i applied the cream well enough. everything was going better until i started getting rashes again. and i can't help but flip and reading that people still get it even after like 9 months scares me. im so afraid it will never go away. and i realized that this is serious and that ill have to take way more precautions to cure this. its stressing me out so much and im out of my mind.
I WANT THIS TO LEAVE.
eyesoftheangel

Jersey Shore, PA

#26 Dec 6, 2012
hi!....my battle with scabies..my son brought scabies home from school and gave it to me and my other son whos almost 2. my daughter swears she doesn't have it and my husband just started itching..and i just had a baby.So i have 4 kids and a husband to worry about. it has been horrible. my son and i and my 2 yr old have had some break outs. i went to the doctor and got the creme 3 times. did everything i was supposed to put it on everyone all over the body and washed it off in the morning after washing everything and putting things i could not wash in bags.still itching and seeing bumps on my 2 yr olds face we took the ivermectin orally and another the 2nd week. my baby is only a month so she cannot get any of the medicine. i've been praying she doesn't get it.soo i stilll itch and so does everyone else except my daughters..bumps come and go on my two yr old and my 7 yr old ...i'm praying it's just post scabies..i clean everyday!.but i am not gonna give my kids either medicine again b/c of the side effects. it's been almost 2 months now .i'm going to wait it out the itching has subsided so i hope it will all together soon. thx for all the positive info!..definitely needed! God bless!
FRED

Denver, CO

#27 Dec 6, 2012
RK in the house wrote:
Dear Creeped Out
When you add the turpentine to your skin,, are the black hairs still coming out?
Can I ask you what your PA said, when you put the black hairs on the glass slide? That is not the mite, that is simply the burrow remains, debris from the burrow and feces from the mites correct?
Was you mite black or yellow? I would like to know more about what the doc said.
Or it could be one of the variety of polymer fibers people have coming out of them from living in a toxic world and eating a toxic food supply.

When you pick up your favorite supermarket item check the label, that modified corn starch or modified food starch means real food mixed with plastic.

It's called morgellons when you get fibers coming out of your skin, get a pocket microscope and take a close look at those mites your finding , the ones that look like little wound up balls of fiber under magnification.

I know a lot of people would prefer not to believe this, On a personal level I wish it wasn't true , but it is.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#28 Dec 6, 2012
wow the first sentence shows how obvious who the root poster is. HOPE aka do I need to spell it out for anyone?
Jill

Torrance, CA

#29 Dec 6, 2012
hahaha
BruceC

Leeds, UK

#30 Dec 11, 2012
What an earth has praying to God got to do with scabies?

I caught scabies...it wasn't a gift from a God...and therefore I didn't expect a God to take it away.
What I can agree with is:

1) If you believe you've got scabies - and the doctors can't agree then request a skin scrape is sent to a dermatologist.

2) Be pro-active. Request a prescription for a product like Lyclear - which contains Permethrin - and will kill the mites if you follow the details. Unless you are pregnant it can't do any harm...and could save you from more severe side effects caused by an undiagnosed Scabies mite infestation!!

3)As the mites can't survive for than a few days without a host...make sure you wash all contaminated bedding/clothes at a high temp and bag-up any clothing used in past 3/4 days and leave for at least 4 days...in order for mites to die.

I've no ideo how I got infected by mites. I'm 60 and have never suffered before...but my infection followed a week's skiing holiday - so could have come from last guest staying in our room?? However, my elderly mother-in-law had also been in hospital and I gather that geriatric wards ar a known source of scabies...

Like others it took the doctors several weeks to diagnose the mites...by which time they'd got a real hold. I had no itching - which I gather is unusual...but I had all the other visible signs!

One lasting side effect - for me - several months on is I find it painful to sit for any length of time. Perhaps it's time to go back to the docs...
umathr

Baltimore, MD

#31 Dec 11, 2012
eyesoftheangel wrote:
hi!....my battle with scabies..my son brought scabies home from school and gave it to me and my other son whos almost 2. my daughter swears she doesn't have it and my husband just started itching..and i just had a baby.So i have 4 kids and a husband to worry about. it has been horrible. my son and i and my 2 yr old have had some break outs. i went to the doctor and got the creme 3 times. did everything i was supposed to put it on everyone all over the body and washed it off in the morning after washing everything and putting things i could not wash in bags.still itching and seeing bumps on my 2 yr olds face we took the ivermectin orally and another the 2nd week. my baby is only a month so she cannot get any of the medicine. i've been praying she doesn't get it.soo i stilll itch and so does everyone else except my daughters..bumps come and go on my two yr old and my 7 yr old ...i'm praying it's just post scabies..i clean everyday!.but i am not gonna give my kids either medicine again b/c of the side effects. it's been almost 2 months now .i'm going to wait it out the itching has subsided so i hope it will all together soon. thx for all the positive info!..definitely needed! God bless!
One thing you can try is the homeopathic cure its worth a try and I do not think it is expensive so worth a try and non toxic. I am curing myself with sulfur soap mostly with sulfur soap. I also use diatomaceous earth food grade and clay. Its important to know scabies live under the surface tension on your skin so if you put something on your skin you must rub it in a little. That is why it is a good idea to use a bath brush when you use the sulfur soap to work the soap into your skin let dry on your skin. Scabies has come back on me two or three times I have no idea how I got it perhaps from a toilet seat most likely. Its been a while. For bedding and for a lot of use a baking soda spray scabies can not live on a surface that has been sprayed with baking soda do not spray a lot just a light mist let dry. When you wash with the soap start at the top and work down rinse off reapply let dry. do the best you can keep out of eyes sulfur soap works. eight bars from sulfurointment.com costs 25 dollars and they ship fast. Its made in the USA fresh. I am not pushing sulfurointment.com if I was I would say buy the soap and the two pound bucket of sulfur ointment for around 70 dollars and well worth it but im not, you really do not need it just the soap will work. Although if you can afford it the sulfur cream from sulfurointment.com is very good and it also does work and if I could afford it I would order the hell out of it. Good luck to you.
Ivan

Angeles City, Philippines

#33 Mar 8, 2013
First of All get your Animals a Flea Shampoo- Animals are made for outside not on your Beds and carpets. I had the problem 2 times my Room mates sister did not use Flea shampoo on her pet Dog and she said she had Rash But did not tell the House what she really had. It Sucked i suffered for 1 week-Hot Baths did not help scratch scratch scratch-used flea Shampoo went away.
Pets

Waco, TX

#34 Mar 8, 2013
Ivan wrote:
First of All get your Animals a Flea Shampoo- Animals are made for outside not on your Beds and carpets. I had the problem 2 times my Room mates sister did not use Flea shampoo on her pet Dog and she said she had Rash But did not tell the House what she really had. It Sucked i suffered for 1 week-Hot Baths did not help scratch scratch scratch-used flea Shampoo went away.
First of all, dogs are not "made" to be outside. They are like our family and we keep them inside and actually take good care of our pets. So, you wanna keep a big pitbull outside to protect your house? Chained up the tree out back? I'm sorry, but we just don't do that. Not responsible pet owners, anyway.

Second, "flea" shampoo does not kill sarcoptic mange. You need to administer a spot on to the dog twice a month, like Revolution (selamectin) or give the dog ivermectin, and/or take the dog to the vet and let the vet determine exactly what is wrong with the dog.

Flea shampoo does not kill scabies on humans, either.
If it contains permethrin in it, it might help to keep the numbers down, but it will not cure.

You need prescribed meds from your doctor.
Im exhausted

San Juan, Philippines

#36 Apr 12, 2013
I'm thinking of suicide .... I can't stop scratching I have used permethrine, antihistamines, corticosteroids
Virgo-guy

Naga City, Philippines

#37 May 27, 2013
I, my family also a victim of scabies.i bought a kwell lotion my question is how to apply it? 3 consecutive days on 1st week then next is after a week?
TwinSanity21 wrote:
(Continuation....)
Then I read somewhere that it's normal to itch even after successful treatment. After a week, we treated again. It must be noted that we never wore any of the clothes that we have worn for the past two weeks before the treatment thing. We just started wearing them 6 weeks after the very last treatment and we boiled them. Days have passed since the last treatment and everything flattened out except for the big nodules I had on my genitals, feet and hands. The itchiness has also subsided by a hundred folds and I was already able to sleep at night without taking antihistamines. Ocassionaly, bumps would pop up but they'd fade in like 2 days. At this point, we never retreated because I have read a lot of articles before hand discussing the so-called "post-scabies". I know that treating over and over again would just be detrimental. Yesterday marked the 3rd month since my last treatment. I visited my doctor because I was worried about the ongoing popping up of small bumps and the little itchiness that still lingers. According to her, I am already CURED of scabies and the things that I experience right now is just part of the body expelling the left-overs of the dead mites. According to her also, the body's allergic reaction to the dead mites and left-overs can take a long while to completely go away contrary to the belief of other doctors who say that it only takes 4-6 weeks for a scabies patient to fully recover. Others can experience the continuous allergic reaction even for more than a year. "It all depends on how fast the scabies was diagnosed and treated." It wasn't called the 7-year itch for nothing. To end this post, here are some points/advices worth taking note of when dealing with scabies. Some of them came from my own doctor who has helped me A LOT in this predicament:
1. Cleanliness is one of the major loop-holes of tratment failure. Most think that one can get away with scabies even without treating the environment. This is very wrong. My doctor said Baygon is a good insecticide that can kill mites in an instant. Vacuuming is also a good thing!
2. Learn to distinguish post-scabies from active infestation!
*Post scabies rashes often disappears in a few days.. active infestation rashes do not.
*Post scabies itchiness is tolerable and is comparable to the itchiness brought by dry dkin... the itchiness from active scabies is very easy to identify. It will definetely keep you from sleeping at night and it's non-stop once you scratch.
*Pin-pricks and creepy crawlies DO NOT necessarily suggest reinfestation/active mites. They may come from the medication itself which makes one's skin very sensitive and allergic to most stuff.
*Blisters and persistent nodules are normal even after successful eradication of mites.
*IMPORTANT: New burrows is definitely a sign of active mites/reinfestation!
3. Scabies is curable but one treatment would not suffice.
4. Avoid reading posts that would kill your determintaion and hope. Read the ones that talk about success and getting-over.
5. Last but not the least, prayer. Seriously, this is the most important thing!
So, there you go. That summarizes my experience with scabies. This is my first time to get infected and I truly hope it is the LAST ever. I wouldn't wish this upon anyone. This is truly life-changing. Because of this, I realized how happy my old life is even with imperfections. Life is always great and I will always remember that now. I feel for everyone here who experiences the same thing. But don't lose hope. You'd beat it for sure and you'd all get back to your normal lives. I hope everyone the best of luck in this battle and feel free to ask any question. I'd be glad to answer them. Thank you!
FRED

Golden, CO

#38 May 27, 2013
Im exhausted wrote:
I'm thinking of suicide .... I can't stop scratching I have used permethrine, antihistamines, corticosteroids
Read this thread, your answers are there;

http://www.topix.com/forum/health/scabies/TP8...
hadENOUGH

Australia

#39 Jul 16, 2013
GrandmaBoo wrote:
I have been at my wit's end for about 6 months now. Absolutely NOTHING has worked - creams, pills, washing, and washing, and washing - doing laundry constantly, showering constantly, vacuuming constantly, storing everything in large plastic zip-lock bags, covering my mattress and pillows in vinyl covers...and still I'm suffering from these hideous things. But your post at least made me rethink things - I DO need to stop reading about all the horrible stories, and be more positive. I do pray daily, but for some reason I have always hesitated about asking the Lord about my scabies when I was already asking Him for so much for other family members, who have been going through much more serious issues than skin parasites. But you're right - I need to focus on prayer. I'm doing absolutely everything I can to get rid of this curse - I almost poisoned myself rubbing my skin with 33% pyrethrin lice shampoo!- and I just can't keep doing this. So thanks to your post, I'm going to still maintain environmental cleanliness and good hygiene, but I'm going to focus more on prayer. Thank you for reminding me where my true focus should be!
I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS 3YRS NOW AND NO LUCK. Did u endup GETTING RID OF THIS NIGHTMARE?? Pls email me [email protected]
Me brad

Akron, OH

#40 Aug 24, 2013
Use neem oil mixed with coconut oil, neem soap and T-gel , bath in Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt I hear works too.
Mr Hopeful

Athens, OH

#41 Sep 3, 2013
TwinSanity21 wrote:
(Continuation....)
Then I read somewhere that it's normal to itch even after successful treatment. After a week, we treated again. It must be noted that we never wore any of the clothes that we have worn for the past two weeks before the treatment thing. We just started wearing them 6 weeks after the very last treatment and we boiled them. Days have passed since the last treatment and everything flattened out except for the big nodules I had on my genitals, feet and hands. I know that treating over and over again would just be detrimental. Yesterday marked the 3rd month since my last treatment. I visited my doctor because I was worried about the ongoing popping up of small bumps and the little itchiness that still lingers. According to her, I am already CURED of scabies and the things that I experience right now is just part of the body expelling the left-overs of the dead mites. According to her also, the body's allergic reaction to the dead mites and left-overs can take a long while to completely go away contrary to the belief of other doctors who say that it only takes 4-6 weeks for a scabies patient to fully recover. Others can experience the continuous allergic reaction even for more than a year. "It all depends on how fast the scabies was diagnosed and treated." It wasn't called the 7-year itch for nothing. To end this post, here are some points/advices worth taking note of when dealing with scabies. Some of them came from my own doctor who has helped me A LOT in this predicament:
1. Cleanliness is one of the major loop-holes of tratment failure. Most think that one can get away with scabies even without treating the environment. This is very wrong. My doctor said Baygon is a good insecticide that can kill mites in an instant. Vacuuming is also a good thing!
2. Learn to distinguish post-scabies from active infestation!
*Post scabies rashes often disappears in a few days.. active infestation rashes do not.
*Post scabies itchiness is tolerable and is comparable to the itchiness brought by dry dkin... the itchiness from active scabies is very easy to identify. It will definetely keep you from sleeping at night and it's non-stop once you scratch.
*Pin-pricks and creepy crawlies DO NOT necessarily suggest reinfestation/active mites. They may come from the medication itself which makes one's skin very sensitive and allergic to most stuff.
*Blisters and persistent nodules are normal even after successful eradication of mites.
*IMPORTANT: New burrows is definitely a sign of active mites/reinfestation!
3. Scabies is curable but one treatment would not suffice.
4. Avoid reading posts that would kill your determintaion and hope. Read the ones that talk about success and getting-over.
5. Last but not the least, prayer. Seriously, this is the most important thing!
So, there you go. That summarizes my experience with scabies. This is my first time to get infected and I truly hope it is the LAST ever. I wouldn't wish this upon anyone. This is truly life-changing. Because of this, I realized how happy my old life is even with imperfections. Life is always great and I will always remember that now. I feel for everyone here who experiences the same thing. But don't lose hope. You'd beat it for sure and you'd all get back to your normal lives. I hope everyone the best of luck in this battle and feel free to ask any question. I'd be glad to answer them. Thank you!
I have been trying for months to get over this disease. I have been scared around my family and roomates for far too long. I do believe the best way to conquer the problem is by living a healthy lifestyle and most importantly continuing to ask God to be healed. I would love to beat this thing and I know I will.
God bless
Mummapearl

Sydney, Australia

#42 Sep 21, 2013
Scabies is easily treated.
I caught scabies from a friend. I treated myself two weeks after contact with the infected person using permethrin cream. I used if from neck down including face. I washed all clothes and bedding. I sprayed insect spray on furniture and vacuumed. Repeated the permethrin cream 7 days after first initial treatment and did the cleaning, spraying and vacuuming not to mention washing in boiling water all over again. I am cured and so is my family. It is rediculous seeing people not treating themselves or close contacts. This is easily treated! I have caught scabies twice from the same person. I don't let her visit myself or family anymore. Because she won't treat herself properly. It's easily treated stop going over board with chemicals as you are damaging your skin and therefore you get skin disorders that you still think is scabies.

Since: Feb 09

Laconia, NH

#43 Nov 28, 2013
This is an agonizing condition that can make you so depressed! Doctors don't take it seriously and prescribe Permethrin which has skyrocketed in price- but the latest strains of scabies are resistant to it. They won't prescribe ivermectin or Kwell- which isn't used often anymore, so may be more successful since these demonic bugs might not be resistant to it! They say it "could" cause seizures- my understanding that's in the very young, and Kwell (lindane) has always had that warning. Probably it's generic and they don't get a kickback- yrs ago it was OTC. Heck, the dr at the emergency room didn't even examine me and wouldn't have a skin scraping done, which would prove the issue to my work, where I had contracted this plague. I tried everything. Only washing myself in bleach (UGH) gave me any relief. Like all of you I washed clothes and bedding EVERY DAY. Exhausting. Let me correct some misinformation here though. Animals do not get or transmit scabies, and humans do not get sarcoptic mange- so if your pets have a problem, and you do too, there's something else going on. I'm in close physical contact w/my cats and small dog and they have no issues at all. Also, scabies don't infest the hair and scalp, so if that's occurring, again, there may be another issue as well, or simultaneous with the scabies- I verified this with a phone call to the CDC in Atlanta. Now for the good news. I discovered, thanks to this forum, Neem. What a miracle. I started out with Theraneem lotion, which gave immediate relief to a startling degree, but not a cure. I added Neem capsules and Neem oil- which I add to body lotion- doesn't take much. What a drastic change! I experienced immediate relief in the midst of the worst outbreak I'd had. After 3 weeks I feel human again, not like a pariah. The change is phenomenal. I shower with Theraneem soap twice a day, and it leaves no odor, so I can go to work like that, as well as lotioning up- again no odor except a slight incense odor of Nag Champa, which is pleasant, but also easily covered with my normal light vanilla body spray. No residue. At night I coat myself from neck to soles of my feet with Neem oil in lotion- the odor IS strange, but I don't find it as repellant as some folks do, I smell like I coated myself in beef bouillon. It is easily absorbed and only faintly oily if you really lotion up. Good for spot application too. I've had no reactions to it- pregnant women or those trying to be should read up on it though, as it is used as a pregnancy inhibitor in India. I can't tell you enough how well this is working for me! No more bleach!!!! No more washing bedding endlessly, exhausted at midnight when I come home from work! No more freezing in my bathroom in tears waiting for the dilute bleach to dry- I am also sickened by the smell of bleach, but had come to think of it as my savior-(if it's your only option right now, it does work, dilute about half and half and sponge on, at least you can get some sleep). No more OTC sleeping pills and waking logy in the morning unable to get up. And Neem is fantastic for your skin ladies! I will continue to use Neem soap and lotion even after I'm sure this is gone. I will continue at least the soap and capsules for quite some time, I'm petrified of re-occurrences. Oh, and don't even bother with that $20 internet permethrin- it didn't have the consistency of prescrip permethrin, and I thought that was odd, and immediately upon applying I went from a mild occurrence to the worst outbreak I ever had, including obvious burrowing which I'd never had before. My heart goes out to all you fellow sufferers. I've had accidents, multiple surgeries and all- this is WORSE than anything I've ever gone through. I was so depressed at one point, afraid to visit or have friends over, I did think of suicide. Particularly w/out insurance, but what good would that have done anyway? The doctors are clueless and just don't care.

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