Scabies is a contagious disorder
of the skin caused by very small; wingless insects or mites called
the Human Itch mite or Scabies itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei var.
The female insect burrows into the skin where she lays 1 - 3 eggs
daily. A very small, hard to see, zigzag blister usually marks the
trail of the insect as she lays her eggs. Other more obvious symptoms
are an intense itching (especially at night) and a red rash that
can occur at the area that has been scratched. The most common locations
for scabies are on the sides of fingers, between the fingers, on
the backs of the hands, on the wrists, heels, elbows, armpits, inner
thighs and around the waist (belt line). One of the great problems
with scabies always has been misdiagnosis. Scabies is spread by
personal contact, e.g., by shaking hands or sleeping together or
by close contact with infected articles such as clothing, bedding
or towels. It is usually found where people are crowded together
or have frequent contact, and is most common among school children,
families, roommates, and sexual partners.
People with a scabies infestation have an average of about 12 mites
living under their skin. The presence of the mites, their eggs and
their faeces cause an allergic reaction resulting in an intense
itch and a rash. It is now accepted that mites can spread when a
non-infected person stands too close to an infected person. Mites
are 0.1mm in diameter.
Scabies can occur at any age, but it's most common
Other names for the condition include Mite, Itch Mite,
Mange, Crusted Scabies, Norwegian Scabies, Sarcoptes scabiei, or
The Seven-Year Itch.
• Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis.
Symptoms of Scabies
• Violent itching.
• Compelled to scratch.
• Itching is worse during night.
• Narrow, tortuous, greyish black line.
• Length- 1-20 mm.
• Point at which parasite enters appears as black dot.
• If roof is lifted with needle, mite or eggs can be seen.
• Scratch marks.
• Finding mites & eggs in burrows.
• Papular urticaria.
• Atopic skin lesions in children with maximal lesions on
• Generalised pruritus.
• Dermatitis herpetiformis.
• Eczematous dermatitis.
• Secondary lymphadenitis.
GENERAL MANAGEMENT of SCABIES
• Maintain personal hygiene.
• Change clothes, bed linens daily.
• Regular daily bath.
• Clothes & bed linens to be boiled in hot water, dried
in sun & ironed.
• Thorough scrubbing with soap & water.
• Through drying of skin after bathing.
• Treat all close contacts.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Scabies
KENT- SKIN- ERUPTIONS- SCABIES.
BOENNIG HAUSEN- SKIN & EXTREMETIES- ITCH- SCABIES.
BOERICKE- SKIN- SCABIES.
KNERR- SKIN- ERUPTIONS- SCABIES.
The eruption appears on the bends of knees. The eruptions could
be dry as well as full of small pustules. There is presence of burning
and itching which is worse at night, application of cold water >
by local application of warmth. The scabies has tendency to alternate
with bronchial asthma.
Great Prostration, with rapid sinking of the vital forces; fainting.
The disposition is:
a. Depression, melancholy, despairing, indifferent.
b. Anxious, fearful, restless, full of anguish.
c. Irritable, sensitive, peevish, easily vexed.
The greater the suffering the greater the anguish, restlessness
and fear of death. Mentally restless, but physically too weak to
move. Indicated by its periodicity and time aggravation: after mid-night,
and from 1-2 a.m. And by its intense restlessness, mental and physical:
its anxiety and prostration.
The eruptions are dry almost over the whole body, especially worse
on extremities. There is presence of itching which is worse after
undressing at night. Scabies can occur after abuse of mercurial
salts. Concomitant symptoms like dyspepsia, belching, passing flatus
should help the physician to select drug. Once infection takes place,
there is presence of acrid, bloody, foul discharge. The pus smells
like asafoetida. There is presence of excessive burning in lesion
which is worse by local application of heat as well as cold.
Cachectic persons whose vitality has become weakened or exhausted.
have never fully recovered from the exhausting effects of some previous
illness. Weakness of memory and slowness of thought.
It is an extremely important drug when scabies are suppressed by
local application of mercury and sulphur. There is excessive itching
of whole body at night, also when secondarily infected there is
presence of humid vesicles oozing corroding pus. The other concomitant
symptoms are yellowish looking skin, warts, involuntary urination
when coughing, sneezing or walking. The patient on the whole is
extremely sensitive to cold air.
Adapted to persons with dark hair and rigid fibre; weakly, psoric,
with excessively yellow, sallow complexion; subject to affections
of respiratory and urinary tracts.
The eruptions that resemble scabies are present on folds of skin,
hands and feet. The eruptions are pustular and crusty, oozing a
foul, old cheese like discharge. The skin is extremely sensitive
to cold air. The itching is worse at night and better by warm application.
Presence of scabies in an individual where eruptions are suppressed
For torpid lymphatic constitutions; persons with light hair and
complexion, slow to act, muscles soft and flabby. The slightest
injury causes suppuration. Diseases where the system has been injured
by the abuse of Mercury. In diseases where suppuration seems inevitable,
Hepar may open the abscess and hasten the cure. Oversensitive, physically
and mentally; the slightest cause irritates him; quick, hasty speech
and hasty drinking. Patient is peevish, angry at the least trifle;
hypochondriacal; unreasonably anxious. Extremely sensitive to cold
air, imagines he can feel the air if a door is opened in the next
room; must be wrapped up to the face even in hot weather; cannot
bear to be uncovered; takes cold from slightest exposure to fresh
Eruptions on the scalp, extremities, genitals and abdomen. The
eruptions are yellowish brown, moist, purulent. Itching and burning
sensation is worse by warmth and better by cold application, especially
itching while burning is better by local application of heat. GIT
concomitants like weak digestion, craving for sweets, flatulence
should help one to prescribe the drug.
For persons intellectually keen, but physically weak; upper part
of body emaciated, lower part semi-dropsical; predisposed to lung
and hepatic affections; especially the extremes of life, children
and old people. Deep-seated, progressive, chronic diseases. Pains:
aching-pressure, drawing; chiefly right-sided, <. four to eight
p.m. affects right side, or pain goes from right to left.
This nosode should be used in those cases of scabies where one
has a repeated history of scabies in the past or scabies are suppressed
with the help of conventional medicine resulting into internal affection
e.g. asthma, migraine, heart trouble, etc. the eruptions are present
on bends of elbow. The scabies appear in every winter and disappear
in summer. There is presence of violent itching, worse by warmth
of bed or by scratching.
Especially adapted to the psoric constitution. In chronic cases
when well selected remedies fail to relieve or permanently improve;
when Sulphur seems indicated but fails to act. Lack of reaction
after severe acute diseases. Appetite will not return.
The eruptions is predisposed to crack and ulcerate as soon as it
appears. There is presence of itching & burning sensation which
is worse in the evening, open air. Better in warm room. Scabies
comes periodically every spring. It is also useful in those cases
of scabies after previous used of sulphur.
Adapted to persons of dark hair, rigid fibre, but mild and easy
It is one of the supreme remedy for recurrent maltreated, obstinate,
suppressed cases of scabies. There is presence of voluptuous tingling
& itching in the bends of joint in between fingers, as soon
as he gets warm in bed, also it is worse when undressing. Itching
is accompanied by burning & soreness, especially after scratching.
The skin appears rough & scaly with formation of little vesicles
Adapted to persons of a scrofulous diathesis, subject to venous
congestion; especially of portal system. Persons of nervous temperament,
quick motioned, quick tempered, plethoric, skin excessively sensitive
to atmospheric changes. For lean, stoop-shouldered persons who walk
and sit stooping like old men. Standing is the worst position for
sulphur patients; they cannot stand; every standing position is
uncomfortable. Dirty, filthy people, prone to skin affections. Aversion
to being washed; always <. after a bath.