The nightmare with scabies began when Constance bought a used mattress. Soon the whole family developed a red rash, along with intense itching. All four family members went through the doctor-prescribed scabies pesticide program at a cost of hundreds of dollars. Even though they followed the instructions to the letter, including washing all clothes and bedding in hot water with a special solution, the scabies returned.
Constance was exhausted from all the extra washing and scrubbing. She was frustrated that the harsh chemicals had failed. The Scabies mites were still burrowing into the skin and laying 1 to 3 eggs each day. Her two toddlers continued to complain of intense itching. And a red rash developed wherever they scratched.
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. The female insect burrows into the skin and lays her eggs. A very small, zigzag blister usually marks her trail as she lays her eggs. Itching is intense, especially at night. A red rash often develops after the area is 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 (beltline). One female mite continues to lay eggs for about five weeks. The eggs hatch and the new mites begin the cycle all over again.
One of the big problems with scabies is that the mites themselves are too small to see without magnification. Therefore, the rash that develops is often misdiagnosed. Scabies is spread by personal contact, such as by shaking hands or sleeping together or by close contact with infected articles such as clothing, bedding or towels. Scabies can be spread by the insect itself or by the egg.
Constance called us in desperation and we suggested a simple solution. Bathe each family member twice a day in 1 cup of borax. Borax helps stop the growth of bacteria and fungus in a natural way. To avoid re-infestation, wash all clothing, towels and bedding in hot water, using our Borax Laundry Soup. Hand wash all combs, brushes and barrettes in hot water and borax.
Constance found the baths soothing and the scabies were gone within 2 to 3 days. The rash took about two weeks to clear up, but the itching was gone. Constance used a magnifying glass to check the family for symptoms which would indicate re-infection. The entire family has been free of symptoms for over a month.
Borax is so effective that we have personally heard many success stories. One woman surprised us by saying borax didn't work for her. Later she told us she had been misdiagnosed and did not have scabies after all.
1 box Borax (4 lb 12 oz)
1 box Washing Soda (3 lb 7 oz)
Works well in cold, warm, or hot water. Borax is an excellent solvent for grease and does not fade clothes. Borax also helps stop the growth of bacteria and fungus and softens water. Washing Soda adds extra cleaning powder.