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How to Kill Skin Parasites

By Paul Parsons ; Updated July 27, 2017

Skin parasites are a normal occurrence on human skin, and external parasites can be frustrating and annoying. The entire experience can be painful and lead to a lot of itching and scratching. Infestation can eventually lead to a range of skin problems, which can be troublesome and cause diseases. Some of the most common parasites include ticks, lice, scabies and a few other parasites. An attack of these parasites can be disturbing for the mind, and problematic for your body.

General treatment

Recognize the symptoms. Recognizing the symptoms of parasites is vital before you devise a solution for killing them. These parasites can appear spontaneously and looks like hives or a pimple, which can be without a white center. The other symptoms can be self-generated and are caused due to excoriations (abrasions from scratching the skin), which can progress to open wounds. Treatments for these wounds are painful, and they take a long time to heal. Sensitive nodules under the skin are some of the problems that these parasites cause.

Analyze the parasites affecting your skin and scalp. These can be lice or other forms of parasites. All of these have different symptoms and remedies.

Try homemade treatments to get rid of these parasites. Some of the natural remedies that are effective include application of turmeric powder on the affected area. Application of boric powder or other medicated powders helps in getting rid of these parasites. Adding plenty of garlic to your regular diet along with bearberry extracts helps in killing off these parasites.

Consult the doctor or dermatologist if the homemade treatments are ineffective in getting rid of the skin parasites. Remember that if the symptoms caused by these parasites are not diminishing, you can become prone to open wounds and infection. If the problem gets worse, it can lead to a series of other diseases. It is best to get medicated treatments from a dermatologist for getting rid of the parasites.

Complete your course of medication. Take your medicines as prescribed by the doctor, which are both external and internal. This will prevent further growth of the parasites, along with their elimination.

Types of parasites and their treatment

Identify lice by checking for nits, which are small, whitish eggs that appear glued to the hair shaft. You can also look for the adult insects, which are 2 mm to 4 mm long.

Recognizing the symptoms of head lice is the easiest, but body lice and pubic lice can also affect any adult or child who lives in unhygienic conditions. Body lice can cause ailments like typhus, trench fever and relapsing fever. Treatment of lice is sometimes a problem, as some of these parasites are quite resistant. Doctors prescribe shampoos and creams containing Pyrethrins plus Piperonyl Butoxide. Take Ivermectin orally for resisting lice.

Identify Furuncular Myiasis or bot fly by observing a boil-like lesion that contains the larvae of the bot fly.

Characterized by itching and a sharp stabbing pain, this parasite first appears as a red bump on the skin that gradually enlarges until an opening is seen at the center. Doctors typically treat the larvae, which is usually under the skin, by applying Ivermectin cream. Pills can also be taken.

Identify scabies by intense itching that gets worse at night.

Treat scabies by applying a cream containing 5 percent Permethrin and leaving it on overnight. The cream must be washed off in the morning. Lindane lotion is usually prescribed for older children and adults.

Tips

• Homemade remedies are an effective solution for killing parasites • Application of cosmetic products on the infested area should be stopped • Avoid going near children, as these parasites are contagious • Maintain good body hygiene

Warnings

• Don’t scratch the affected area, as this can lead to open wounds • Avoid putting water on the infested area • Don’t try medicines without the consultation of a doctor

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