When these bugs bite, this common oil can stop the itch

October 19, 2010
Volume 07    |   Issue 42

It looks like bed bugs have invaded every state in the country. With them comes paranoia around itchy rashes. But not all rashes come from bed bugs and not all critters that cause itching are difficult and expensive to eliminate. If you have extreme itching and red blisters, especially at night, it may be caused by tiny, transparent mites that are hard to see. Fortunately, these critters are easy and inexpensive to treat.

If you have a rash in some of the many folds in your body (around your middle, between your toes, and in your groin) you may have scabies. This is a highly contagious skin infection.

How contagious? You can get scabies by direct contact with someone who has these mites or by contact with contaminated clothes or bedding. You can even get this annoying itch by shaking hands with an infected person. Or you can get it by sexual contact.

A dermatologist can identify scabies mites and treat them with expensive prescription or over-the-counter liquids or creams. But if you have reason to think you have scabies, you may want to try applying a topical essential oil to the rash. It could save you a trip to the doctor.

This treatment is not new. We’ve used various essential oils for years to kill various mites, ticks, lice, and mosquitoes. Different oils work better to treat different critters. A recent Australian study found that the major component in clove oil may be the best one to get rid of scabies mites. In fact, in this study, clove oil killed all mites in just 15 minutes!

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To use clove oil for mites, mix a few drops with some vegetable oil. Test the mixture on a small area to make sure it doesn’t irritate sensitive tissues. Clove oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Other essential oils also may work and are safe to try. If they don’t work for you, it’s time to see your doctor. Your rash may not come from scabies mites or you may be reinfecting yourself with your clothes. You can buy clove oil at any health food store or on the Internet.

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Queensland Institute of Medical Research; Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/200380.php.

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