Remedy: Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide H2O2. What it is, healing properties, uses, remedies and treatments, how to use it, possible reactions, warnings, and what to buy (and what not to buy).
Comment posted by Brave of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka on 28 September 2016 at 15:37 4289
We don't have borax in Sri Lanka where I live. So I applied hydrogen peroxide directly on to my skin wherever it itched. I use cotton buds and wrap some extra cotton wool to make the buds thicker, dip them into the hydrogen peroxide and rub on the affected sections of the skin. You need to wash it off with warm water. As warm as you can stand it. The warmer the better it feels really good and helps relieve the itch pretty much the whole day. Tiny white spots would start to appear with a burning sensation. This I believe are the mites under the surface of the skin being flushed out. The white spots are not the mites. The mites are microscopic and are not visible to the naked eye. Me and my entire family were finally able to get rid of it. We all had it quite bad the first time. After that experience, even if any of us feel a subtle itch anywhere on our body we would rub hydrogen peroxide on it. Sometime after persistently rubbing it on the itch for 2-3 mins the white spots would start to appear. That's how we know it's back. We simply repeat this process about twice a day until is starts to scab. Once it starts to scab it simple dries and peels off like a regular scab. It seems to originate from the feet. I think they feed off the dead skin cells, so it's important to exfoliate your feet often. I clean my feet and legs upto just above my ankles with hydrogen peroxide regularly. Once these mites are on your feet, they can easily spread to other parts of your body when you get into your clothes because your underwear and pants rub against your feet when you put them on. I believe this is how the legs and butt get affected. Also remember that the hydrogen peroxide applied directly on the skin will cause it to get really dry and therefore itchy. So use some moisturizing lotion to keep that section of the skin from getting dry. I hope this helps. The first time I got it, non of the supposedly best 2 skin specialists were able to diagnose it. After several months of suffering and reading a lot on the Net is when I eventually self diagnosed and treated it successfully. Once you beat it completely, always have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide handy at home. If ever you feel even a slight itch down the road later on, don't take any chances. Simply rub it in to make sure it's not back. If the white spots don't show up, at least you can chill knowing it's not back.
Question posted by Heidegger of Melbourne , VIC, Australia on 14 August 2016 at 18:10 4199
I've had scabies for several months now, coming and going in waves, now my partner has it too but my kids are thankfully still symptom-free. I've tried everything, poison and natural, the borax helps but as I've been traveling in the USA and I haven't been able to keep up with it often enough as we were camping, only showers not baths. Have finally got home and bought up on peroxide and will get some borax again tomorrow. It's so much harder to find in Australia -Bunnings apparently. I was wondering if anyone found a permanent cure from the borax and peroxide? I'm talking one year scabies free at least? I'd really love to hear an affirmative and resounding YES!
Comment posted by Kelly Steiner of Las vegas, NV, USA on 31 July 2016 at 10:27 4179
Yes the peroxide and borax soaks are itch-relieving. I know this sounds crazy but I have been dealing with scabies for over 6 years now. The first time I got it, it was a flared-out scaly rash. But because the people in my household didn't want to treat themselves accordingly I got it a second time. Everybody thought that it was in my head so I just ignored it and assumed that they were right and that I was just traumatized. Now years down the road I found these borax and peroxide soaks. I got out of a soak one day and looked at my back and that's when it hit me that it is still all over me really bad but the borax and peroxide soak is what made the rash visible. I have been misdiagnosed because my symptoms aren't easy to see because of the crusted stages of scabies and doctors don't know about it. Permethrin cream sucks I've done it numerous numerous times and ivermectin also.
Comment posted by Kyzar of Death valley, LA, USA on 5 April 2016 at 16:54 3989
I can attest that this method works. This is the most awful thing to have and the continuous use of soaking in a tub of hydrogen peroxide and borax salt twice a day, and continuously spraying peroxide on your body throughout the day really ridded my body of what seemed a never ending hell. Rubbing alcohol really helps when itching after the pesky things are dead and they are still in your skin.
Comment posted by Freed of Independence, MO, USA on 21 March 2016 at 21:37 3960
I was told for a long time that my problem was eczema on my face. It started around my nose, then the corners of my mouth months later, then years later around my entire upper and bottom lip skin area. I'd have dry, itchy skin all day then it would be oily at night. I'd wake up with crusted stiff and what I thought were bloody scratch marks from me scratching in my sleep. One winter week it became really bad staying at a friends where burning wood was used for heat. It was all over my face, eyelids, and my neck. I assumed that my skin was overly dry and my neck irritated from wearing a scarf to keep warm in the cold house. After going back home, I still had the problem a week later. Usually with eczema I would have had it cleared up with eucerin, humidifier, etc. But it was still dry and really itchy. By the 7th day I felt like my skin was crawling. Not just my face but my chest, back, and a couple days later my shins. I couldn't take it because it was so itchy all day and crawling at night. It was impossible to sleep feeling like I was being eaten alive. So I went to the ER and the Dr. diagnosed me with Head and Body Mites. I was given a prescription for Permythian and a general information print out of what the mites were etc. I used the medicine as directed with some but little relief. My face was still very bothersome. I looked online for every possible parasite that I could possibly have. I thought maybe it was pinworms and tried the OTC medicine for those. A little more relief with that but not for more than a night and it only stopped the itch not the crawling sensation. I happened to meet a geriatric nurse that I confided in about the problem I'd been having now for a month since seeing the ER Dr. She knew exactly what it was and what I needed to do. She said it was mites. Didn't specify any particular type just called it mites. She told me the only way to get rid of them was to smother them by using hydrogen peroxide. Just hydrogen peroxide. Nothing else. She said the areas I thought to be where I had scratched in my sleep were burrows from them feeding at night and that's why it itched in the day. Ew! So I got some 0.88 hydrogen peroxide at the nearest Walmart and used it head to toe. Just poured it on my head, saturated my hair, face, neck, all my skin down to my toes. Woke up in the morning and all was clear except the really bad original area around my nose and mouth. Used the peroxide again that morning and anytime during the day that I began to feel itchy or crawling. Within two days it's completely gone! It was so simple! My skin is smooth, soft, no discoloration, and free of what she said to be mites. Thank God for her! I swear some nurses really are better than Drs!
Comment posted by Minchy of Miami, Florida, USA on 20 March 2016 at 14:45 3956
This is the BEST remedy to kill scabies. I've had scabies for over 6 months. It was a nightmare!! I used 2 cups of Borax and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. I took a bath, but before having the bath I applied directly to my skin grapeseed oil with diatomaceous earth food grade in equal parts. After rubbing it for 20 minutes they began to leave their burrows and I removed them. After bathing do not dry your skin with a towel, apply on your wet skin diatomaceous earth again and let it dry. Wash all clothes after every use, sheets etc with borax. Dry clothes for 70 minutes at the highest temperature, clean and disinfect the car and everything you've touched.
Comment posted by Mandy of Perth, WA, Australia on 28 October 2015 at 22:38 3703
David, I agree with you. The Herxheimer Reaction is an immune system reaction to the toxins and endotoxins that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough.
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 23 October 2015 at 21:9 3697
To Terri of San Antonio,
The symptoms you describe were not caused by the borax. More likely is that you had an infection or toxin in your body, and the borax or peroxide was the appropriate remedy but caused an overload of toxic waste that your body was trying to excrete as quickly as possible.
If you ever use these remedies again, use smaller quantities over a longer period, and drink sufficient water to help flush your body.
Side-effects posted by Terri of San Antonio, Texas, USA on 23 October 2015 at 14:43 3696
BUT.........I was determined not to use the prescription treatment and spent hours online looking for an alternative to treat scabies. I took four baths using 2 cups of Borax and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide over a three day period. After bath number four, I started to feel lethargic. I thought I must be coming down with something. I barely climbed the stairs and fell into bed. By 2 am I was in the bathroom with repeated bouts of diarrhea. The lethargy and diarrhea lasted into the next day. I had an odd "metal like" taste in my mouth and my urine smelled unusual. A lot of my scabies bumps dried up over that night. However, I will never take another borax bath and would not recommend it to anyone.
Comment posted by Elizabeth of Stigler, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, USA on 17 October 2015 at 23:38 3690
I have had scabies for 3 weeks now and they are driving me crazy. Last night I took a nice hot bath with 2 cups borax n 1 cup hydrogen peroxide n soaked for 15 minutes n got out dryer off n drained my water out got dressed in my bed clothes n went back to the bath tub n there was alot of black spots so I poured water in there to clean the tub...I had total relief from the biting n itching. Going to do this everyday til they are all gone...Thank you for your post it had helped me so much..God Bless.
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