Sulfur soap treatment for scabies

Written by john albers
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Scabies is a disease caused by small mites similar to lice that burrow under the skin, causing a telltale rash and terrible itching. Thankfully plain sulphur is toxic to these mites, making sulphur soap a cheap and effective treatment.

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History

Scabies and sulphur soap or sulphur ointment treatment dates back over 2,500 years, the treatment being pioneered by the late Egyptians.

Effectiveness

Scabies mites are killed and the rash they cause healed within six weeks of treatment with sulphur soap.

Treatment

Using hot water, the sulphur soap should be worked into a lather against a wash cloth and the rash scrubbed twice a day.

Misconceptions

While sulphur soap kills scabies mites, it fails to kill the eggs they leave behind, meaning treatment with sulphur soap should continue several months after all signs of scabies rash have disappeared in order to kill the newly hatched mites.

Dangers

Sulphur soap can cause an excessive dryness of the skin, though the application of moisturiser will reduce the dryness, it will also decrease the efficacy of the treatment as the sulphur will be less able to come into contact with the mites.

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