Neem oil not working for scabies?
After fighting scabies for many months, spending hours each & every day on applying oils, creams, laundering, cleaning etc and trying about every natural & not so natural cure (none of them worked) I ordered an expensive bottle of neem oil from India. I live in Australia and neem leaves are not on sale here.
I've been applying it 14 days straight, morning & evening, mixed with some tea tree and eucalypt oil, a little lotion and/or water. The oil stays on the skin as a thick greasy layer, gets into all clothing and bedding and feels uncomfortable in hot weather.
The smells is so bad that I have to try and avoid any close contact (1-2m) with people, incl colleagues, friends, commuters etc as they tend to be very offended by the odour.
I used it for 14 days continuous, of which 8 days I wasn't home (holidays). Then I had to stop using it as I spent 6 days in a car & motels with 2 others and the smell was too much for them. Have reapplied it again now for 3 days. Of course, I still launder, clean etc. While travelling I slept in a different bed every night, which must have limited reinfection.
14 days of a strong neem mixture twice a day did NOT stop the mites from biting; every day again, lots of new bites, new itching and now that I've restarted neem oil they're even burrowing.
Why does neem oil not seem to have an effect on the mites?
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