Can scabies breathe underwater/swim?
im so tired of the itch

New Bedford, PA

#22 Jan 10, 2012
ive had these damn things over a month now... nothing is working an when i do think its working the next day i see new ones. ive tried bleed... the cream... tea tree oil... washed my sheets... i just cant get rid of them an i cant see my girlfriend because i dont want her to get them. an shes starting to worry about me as so am i. i hope everyone gets cured this is one of the worst feelings ive had my whole life. good luck everyone =/
nicole

Evans, GA

#23 Mar 18, 2012
itchy wrote:
scrub your skin with baking soda to create a microdermabrasion on all over your body. don't be afraid if you bleed a little. when your done rinse and wash of. then run a bath add bleach to the bath soak for as along as you would like. get out of the bath don't towel dry instead blow dry your body with blow dryer hot on high. when your completely dry drench yourself in olive oil from the neck down. get dressed as usual. the olive oil helps with the itch plus helps heal the skin from all the scratching. you must be consistent with this remedy. it has to be done every single day until you are bug free. always wash your sheets, pillows , pillow cases , everyday. it is hard work but will pay off. good luck!
how much bleach? and about how long do you have to keep repeating this same process?
Researcher

Miami, FL

#24 Mar 19, 2012
I would think that, because they actually need oxygen to breath, that there must be a timeframe for which an individual could stay underwater that would drive them out in search of air. I also imagine a water-logged environment would make it impossible for them to stay put.
Jan78093

Houston, TX

#25 Apr 2, 2012
Researcher wrote:
I would think that, because they actually need oxygen to breath, that there must be a timeframe for which an individual could stay underwater that would drive them out in search of air. I also imagine a water-logged environment would make it impossible for them to stay put.
Yeah, but what about the eggs?
abc

Denver, CO

#27 Apr 10, 2012
Catzillaa wrote:
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Have a look at Imidacloprid thread. A few of us on there have been cured
Why do you use the word "us" when you have admitted you weren't cured after this date?
Rey

Los Angeles, CA

#30 Jun 27, 2012
I do not believe scabies will drown, maybe if you could snorkel for a week solid. After 2 days, the ones floating on the surface should die. The females likely will not die and eggs will still hatch.
Not even sure if that will do it.

Lots of people have tried the swimming thing, not sure about extended snorkeling, but 24 hours submersed and they don't even move from infected areas. some do float and infect neck and scalp at the Surface or possibly crawl up there.

Good luck with this. Lots have tried but I'm not even sure if they need to breath as lots have tried it. I have never heard of a case where it worked.
Rey

Los Angeles, CA

#31 Jun 27, 2012
I wanted to add something.

Some people have theorized that Coating your skin with oil would deprive them of oxygen as well.

I can say from experience that large amounts of oil for an extended period of time does not work.

You would think that this type of treatment would at least kill the queens which stay buried, but it does not.
Itchy Scratchy

Surprise, AZ

#33 Jun 28, 2012
Where/how did you find that 24 hours, and they still don't move when under water?

To be honest, I have yet to find any definitive answer as to whether scabies will drown or not (I have read they need to breath, but not from entirely credible sources).

I would like to see some credible evidence as to their breathing habits. If they breath, how long can they hold their breath?

I do swim a good bit - and I agree, the 'swimming to kill off scabies' technique isn't so simple. A few finer points, assuming scabies need to breath:

1) When you go underwater, 100% of available oxygen isn't immediately whisked away. I noticed this clearly going into a pool today. Small bubbles can 'stick' to your body/swimsuit. It takes a tremendous effort to get rid of them all - and I'm talking visible bubbles. Mites are microscopic, so they'd need only trace amounts of oxygen, which would likely still be available for quite some time.

2) You would need to go completely under water - ie, with a snorkel

3) It remains to be proven how long scabies can hold their breath - it would be nice to think they are like humans, and have to surface within a few minutes - but who knows, could be hours/days (there are large mammals which can hold their breath for more than one hour).
Rey wrote:
I do not believe scabies will drown, maybe if you could snorkel for a week solid. After 2 days, the ones floating on the surface should die. The females likely will not die and eggs will still hatch.
Not even sure if that will do it.
Lots of people have tried the swimming thing, not sure about extended snorkeling, but 24 hours submersed and they don't even move from infected areas. some do float and infect neck and scalp at the Surface or possibly crawl up there.
Good luck with this. Lots have tried but I'm not even sure if they need to breath as lots have tried it. I have never heard of a case where it worked.
Rey

New York, NY

#35 Jun 29, 2012
I think you should try it and let us know your results.

I am not sure about the 24 hour mark, but have tried extended bathing for several hours.

Not that this is the same thing, but my sister had a fairly large turtle, It would sometimes stay submersed under water for a week or more. I have no idea how long it could last without surfacing. I suppose you would have to test and see.

I wonder, can scabies get air from our blood supply?

Would they live longer floating on water as they do seem to like moisture?

How long could I last under water before I had to surface to eat or drink?
Itchy Scratchy

Surprise, AZ

#36 Jun 29, 2012
Turtles apparently have a method of absorbing oxygen from water (similar to gills), in addition to lungs (taking in oxygen from air)- which is how they can stay underwater so long.

I would doubt scabies have the ability to suck oxygen out of water.

I can test to see how long scabies live under water, but not very effectively - I don't have lab equipment, and my eyesight really isn't that good :((20/20, but I can't see anything microscopic).

How long can they live on water? Another excellent question which I am not equipped to answer via experimentation - which is why I would love to see credible scientific experiments.

Personally, I think they'd have a tough time surviving on the surface of water - partly because they'd have the sun beating down so hard on them (at least here in Arizona....).

Air from blood supply - youzers, I hope not. But since they need such minute traces oxygen, I suppose they have a lot more options than we do....
Itchy Scratchy

Surprise, AZ

#37 Jun 29, 2012
PS - I will be testing it out (I have my own pool, as do half the people in Arizona). I still need a snorkel though....

At the very least, I think it would aid in knocking off some scabies.

I have noticed some bites around my neck when I sit or awhile in the water, suggesting the crawl/swim to the surface and rebite - but I'm still not convinced.
Itchy Scratchy

Surprise, AZ

#38 Jun 29, 2012
"Upon hatching, scabies larvae make their way to the surface where they feed and mature, consuming dead skin cells, skin secretions, fungal spores, and bacteria."

A quote I found - which suggests why keeping clean (minimizing dead skin cells, skin secretions, fungi, and bacteria) is effective in minimizing the extent of infection.
Itchy Scratchy

Surprise, AZ

#39 Jun 29, 2012
"Scabies mites have no respiratory system—they breathe through the skin."

Interesting fact. Still doesn't answer if they can breath in water, or need air. And how long they can go without oxygen.
Itsallinherhead

Austin, TX

#40 Sep 25, 2012
I'm from Austin, too, and I too have delusional parasitosis. I wish someone would tell the incessant ghost bugs who cause me months and months of sleepless nights. It's mind blowing how devoted doctors can be to their stance of not believing what they can't see. Ever heard of an electron microscope? Ever thought about a scraping or some kind of test? Bunch of lemmings to the sea.
Anyway, I'm with ya' sista, or brotha.
sickoftheitch wrote:
It seems that many people have tried it and it wasn't very effective. Since most of us have found that they can survive the laundry to a degree, it probably isn't anything to rely on. Definitely submerge entirely because many have found that they migrate to the scalp after baths. I felt them burrow DEEPER in the tub. But what do i know, I have a flaming case of delusional parisitosis (or so I've been told...). Good luck.
Tired of this

United States

#41 Nov 24, 2012
I have a ten month old baby and a two yr old that r severely infested and the dr gave me the meds , I apply and apply no results plz help
hello

Sylacauga, AL

#42 Apr 2, 2013
I know this is an old post but scabies can survive on the oxygen in your blood so trying to drown them is useless:(
john

Houston, TX

#43 Apr 9, 2013
Try Kleen Green...I read an article that this will work.
Deafchick777

United States

#44 May 31, 2013
Where can i find kleen green?
Florida

Deerfield Beach, FL

#45 Jul 17, 2013
Off subject. I just used a hand-held massager, to perhaps kill them and crush their eggs under the skin. I feel like it's working, and it is relaxing. Thought I might throw it out there, since haven't read a thing about applying pressure to the skin, outside-in.
mightymite

South Africa

#46 Jul 17, 2013
Believe it or not!!!! After six months I am scabies free--I hope-- but I would never have believed the things I got up to ,to get rid of these buggers.
They went to my hair--Twice-- and the second time I struggled to get rid of them.Then one day I vacuumed my hair.My body was clear and after my back cleared I plastered it with wide sports plaster for 3 weeks to prevent them from going back there.I found it the most difficult place to deal with them on my back because I could not see what was going on.
I tied my hair in small pony tails and slept with duct tape so that they could not get out and after washing my hair in the morning with sulphur soap I proceeded to do the same.
Eventually I had,had enough and rubbed pure jik through my hair and left it for 15mins.That was the final kill.Not a good idea but there you are.

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