DOES BLEACH KILL SCABIES?

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SCABIES HOME REMEDIES BLEACH


Bleach is one of the most effective home remedies and treatments for scabies rash, it’s also a cheap one. but, it still a dangerous chemical, especially if not diluted with water before use; you have to be careful if you would like to try bleach to kill the scabies mites.

If you struggle with the scabies infestation, it’s going to be unbearable both physically and emotionally; But bleach may be dangerous to your skin too. we recommend using the conventional treatments, Permetherin cream, ivermectin…still, sometimes these medical treatments will be ineffective depending on how severe or the sort of scabies you have (crusted scabies). Also, if you have developed resistance to medically approved treatments.


BLEACH EFFECTS ON SKIN


BLEACH BENEFITS

Besides getting used as a home remedy for some skin diseases, bleach is additionally effective for:

  • washing clothes.
  • whitening fabrics.
  • Spill sterilization and disinfection.
  • getting rid of dark spots.
  • Kill the bacteria (antimicrobial proprieties, like Staphylococcus aureus, liable for exacerbating eczema).
  • Bleach can even kill viruses that cause warts.
  • Some recent scientific studies confirm that the household bleach contributes to the elimination of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19), and to the sterilization of surfaces that may contain it.

SIDE EFFECT ON SKIN

Be careful if you’re considering using bleach to get rid of scabies, it will be dangerous if not diluted with water. Because bleach contains sodium hypochlorite and may cause some serious chemical reaction. like any chemical product and home treatment, if used excessively, or mixed with other products, expect to fall into the trap of some severe and dangerous side effects; here are the foremost common side effects when using bleach to treat Sarcoptes scabies:

  • redness and intense irritation.
  • Skin allergy and itching.
  • Bleach may cause skin burns.
  • bleach will discolor clothing and furniture.
  • In some extreme cases of allergy to the product, it can lead to Blisters or sores.

IS IT SAFE TO USE BLEACH?


Bleach isn’t safe to use if you have very sensitive skin or you’re allergic to chlorine, otherwise, you have skin conditions like eczema or severe allergies, It can even lead to some skin complications and damages like skin burns, eyes, and lungs, itching, dry skin, blisters or sores.

you must ask your dermatologist before using bleach as a home treatment, basically, bleach is a harsh chemical normally used as a cleaning product, and shouldn’t come into contact with the skin itself if not diluted.

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PRECAUTIONS

  • As we mentioned before, Clorox is dangerous if it comes into contact with the surface of the eye, it may cause severe burning, so avoid this as it is dangerous.
  • Bleach may cause asthma and respiratory allergy in children similarly as adults
  • Avoid mixing the bleaching product with other cleaning materials, vinegar, or any other home remedy …
  • It is toxic to drink.
  • Do not use the product directly on the skin

HOW TO USE BLEACH TO KILL SCABIES?


DOES BLEACH KILL SCABIES?

Yes, of course, bleach does kill scabies and other parasites since it has antimicrobial disinfection proprieties, Bleach contains a chemical called hypochlorite, which quickly destroy and kills the scabies mites and some of their eggs, especially thus on the surface of the skin; however, it might be unwise to rely exclusively on bleaching to kill scabies and stop the infestation, if you’re suffering from scabies we recommend a prescripted treatment like Permethrin 5% and ivermectin tablets or some recognized and safest home remedies like tea tree oil or coconut oil…

people who were suffering from scabies confirm that after using the bleach bath as a home treatment, they felt some improvement in their condition; since bleach contribute effectively to minimize and reduce skin infections.


BLEACH BATH TO KILL SCABIES

A bleach bath routine is extremely easy to do and safe, in only a couple of steps you’ll be able to minimize the scabies infestation:

  • Fill a bathtub fall of water (lukewarm water).
  • Then take about ¼ to a half cup of household bleach ( Javex, Clorox…) 6% sodium hypochlorite.
  • Mixte into the tub.
  • Then soak within the tub for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Do not submerge your head.
  • Then drain the bathtub and rinse your skin off with normal water.
  • Apply the prescription cream to the infected areas.
  • moisturizing is a great way to protect your skin afterward.
  • Repeat the method up to 2 times per week.

For more pieces of information, you’ll find here a video about the bleach bath made by the American Academy of Dermatology click here.

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BLEACH SPRAY FOR SCABIES

You can clean and disinfect yourself your home and your furniture, to get rid definitely from scabies mites; simply, by making a homemade scabies bleach spray:

  • Fill a spray bottle with one liter of water.
  • Add one teaspoon of household bleach.
  • Shake the mixture vigorously.
  • Use a cotton swab and rub the mixture over the affected area.
  • Apply the mixture first on a small area of the body, if you notice any kind of allergy, stop using bleach.
  • Do not forget to wash after a few minutes, and moisturize the skin afterward.
  • Repeat this process for a few days.

The same method helps to disinfect surfaces from the coronavirus (Covid19), SARS, and other viruses and bacteria; just, spray on the surface you would like to disinfect and leave the mixture for 10 minutes,s then wipe it with a wet cloth.

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PS:

Through patients comments and experiences, they claim that bleach bath works and do kill the surface scabies, although, there aren’t any sufficient studies that back up the effectiveness of a bleach bath for scabies, that’s why we cannot recommend bleach as a first-line treatment or maybe as a good alternative because it may be harmful to your health; so you have to visit your dermatologist; and most likely, he will prescribe a common cream-based treatment, and perhaps some alternative treatments like tea tree oil.

It is a stressful psychological and physical battle with really annoying microscopic creatures, but don’t worry, you’ll win the war at the end; Just, follow the doctor’s instructions, and be sure to use the best, safest, and most effective alternatives home remedies.


Jasin G.: I’m Jasin G. the founder of this website, a paramedic by profession and more than a decade of practice, I am a fan of reading and avid learner about healthcare solutions. I’m also skilled in Safety Management Systems, and paramedical emergency Services.
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