There is something to be said for the idea of eliminating all Scabies mites and their eggs in the upper layers of your skin immediately through the use of a topical cream. This is the approach typically taken by doctors.
However, what if the cream or lotion available as a prescription medication seems to work at first, but not as a permanent solution? What if the Scabies rash actually spreads again after the prescription treatment is over? That was my experience.
I was very meticulous and careful in following all the directions from my doctor and on the prescription lotion’s accompanying literature. But the Scabies didn’t stop! What could I do?
A sustained attack
What I needed to understand, and it eluded me through all the home remedies and even harmful self-treatments I tried, was that if you approach Scabies eradication as a sustained attack on the Scabies life cycle, the infestation cannot continue.
Interrupting the Scabies environment
In other words, the environment that Scabies mites require in order to reproduce and keep multiplying on the human body can be interrupted, ending the life cycle and the entire problem.
Knowing that the female Scabies mites burrow into the skin to create a haven for reproduction, and that the male mites traverse the body looking for the females was essential to a proper approach to treatment.
Once I understood this, which was a philosophical milestone for me, freedom from the ongoing problem of Scabies was just a matter of time and using the right products. What I came to understand was that I needed something which could penetrate the skin to attack the mites in the burrows, as well as something which killed the mites on the skin’s surface.
Sutton, Amy L. Dermatological Disorders Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Health Information about Conditions and Disorders Affecting the Skin, Hair, and Nails … Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, 2006. P.579.
Fitzpatrick, Thomas B., Richard Allen Johnson, and Klaus Wolff. Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Common and Serious Diseases. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division, 2001. Pp.834.