Does Garlic Work to Treat Scabies?

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Scabies is an extremely itchy skin condition and is caused by parasites that reside under the surface of skin. These parasites would also lay their eggs under the skin and increase the infestation to the other parts of the body. In the recent times, people have turned to natural medications for scabies. It has been proven that garlic is known to be highly effective to alleviate the symptoms associated with the condition. According to the Medical Centre in the University of Maryland, garlic is known to possess anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. There is a compound contained in garlic, known as "allicin", which is responsible for these properties.

In order to treat scabies with garlic, you must first separate the cloves from the main garlic bulb and peel them off. Place these cloves in the garlic press and press them one at a time. In case if you do not have the garlic press, you can also chop these cloves into little pieces with a sharp knife. These minced pieces must then be placed in a small jar. Thereafter, you need to add one tbsp of olive oil and stir till it becomes a smooth paste.

As soon as the mixture is ready, do a patch test on your skin. In case if you experience a burning sensation, you must add some more olive oil, so as to dilute the paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas directly and cover it with a plastic wrap. Such a mixture must be left on skin for at least one hour. You would notice a difference in scabies after a span of 10 days. According to the experts, this paste must be applied twice. Keep in mind this is a very old treatment for scabies and is not very effective against scabies mites anymore as the strains have gotten stronger.

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This article was published on 2010/11/02