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SCABIES
(Itch Mites)




BASIC INFORMATION


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DESCRIPTION

Scabies is a parasitic infectious disease caused by mites (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows into the top layer of skin to lay its eggs and lives under the skin, also known as the itch mite, with a characteristic pattern of distribution. The microscopic mite that causes scabies can barely be seen by the human eye. It is a tiny, eight-legged creature with a round body. This tiny mite has infested humans for at least 2,500 years. It is often hard to detect.

skin mite that causes scabies


Dermatologists estimate that the scabies mite, so small that it can hardly be seen without a microscope, infects more than 300 million people worldwide every year. The condition can strike anyone of any race or age, regardless of personal hygiene. But with current detection methods and treatments, scabies need not cause more than a temporary distress. They are more difficult to diagnose than Lice or Crabs because they cause skin irritations that resemble eczema, allergies, or even poison ivy. Scabies is contagious from person to person (by shared clothing or bed linen) and from one site to another in the same person. This could be a child, a friend, or another family member. Scabies is not a condition only of low-income families, neglected children, or poor hygiene. Although more prominent in crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene - everyone is susceptible. They usually infect the skin of the finger webs, and folds under the arms, breasts, elbows, genitals and buttocks.

scabies around the waistline scabies between fingers scabies on sole of foot





FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Scabies is a parasitic infection that causes a persistent, itchy rash. It is caused by a tiny mite that burrows into the top layer of the skin to lay its eggs. This results in groups of small red lumps. When the rash first appears, you may see fine, wavy lines emanating from some of the lumps if you look closely. The skin may then become dry and scaly, and the itching can be intense, especially at night. Scratching can set the stage for a bacterial infection as well.

scabies bites - male genitalia


  • Small, incredibly intensely itchy blisters, red lesions, or rash (usually in a thin line), resembling hives, tiny bites, or pimples are the early symptoms. In more advanced cases, the skin may be crusty or scaly.


  • Scabies prefers warmer sites on the skin and produce raised bumps or ridges on the skin between fingers, under the breasts, around the waist or belt line, wrists, genitals (on the penis), or buttocks or in several other parts of the body such as on the elbows, navel, nipples, and lower abdomen. Mites also tend to hide in, or on, the skin under rings, bracelets or watchbands, or under the nails. In children, the infestation may involve the entire body, including the palms, soles, and scalp. The face and scalp are rarely affected.


  • A child infested with scabies may be tired and irritable as a result of loss of sleep from itching or scratching all night long.


  • The blisters break easily when scratched. Broken blisters leave scratch marks and thickened skin crisscrossed by grooves and scaling.


  • Lesions as thin as pencil lead that mark where the scabies mites have burrowed into the skin; visible in only about 25 percent of cases.


  • Itching is the most common symptom of scabies and is most severe at night.


  • Scabs that tend to form over scratched areas.


  • Since the distinguishing burrow lines show in only about 25 percent of infected people, you may have to rely on other signals to determine whether you have been infested. If you find yourself overcome with an overwhelming need to scratch particular areas of your body, especially at night, check with your health care provider. People with flaking skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, need to be especially vigilant. Because they already tend to have itchy, red skin, they may not notice symptoms until the infestation is widespread.


  • CRUSTED SCABIES:

    Crusted scabies is a form of the disease in which the symptoms are far more severe than usual. Large areas of the body, including hands and feet, may be scaly and crusted. These crusts hide thousands of live mites and their eggs, making treatment difficult because medications applied directly to the skin may not be able to penetrate the thickened skin. This type of scabies occurs mostly among the elderly, in some AIDS patients, or in people whose immunity is decreased. These cases are extremely infectious.





    CAUSES

    Attracted to warmth and odor, the female mite burrows into deep skin layers, where the female mite deposits eggs and produces feces secretions that cause allergic reactions. The larvae, or newly hatched mites, travel to the skin surface, lying in shallow pockets where they will develop into adult mites. Eggs mature into adult mites in 3 weeks. Mites are 0.1 mm in diameter and can only be seen under a microscope. Scratching collects mites and eggs under the fingernails, so they spread to other parts of the body. If the mite is scratched off the skin, it can live in bedding up to 24 hours. It may be up to a month before a newly infested person will notice the itching, especially in people with good hygiene and who bathe regularly. The eggs and feces of the scabies will cause tremendous irritation and itching as well.




    RISK INCREASES WITH

  • Scabies is most common in those who have close physical contact with others, particularly children, mothers of young children, and elderly people in nursing homes. Studies of families have shown that children under two years of age are most at risk, followed by mothers and older female siblings, and then by other family members who have frequent and close physical contact.


  • Closed environments such as nursing homes and child-care centers provide ideal breeding grounds for the parasite, which needs a human host to survive. An estimated 300 million new cases spring up each year worldwide. The number of cases in the United States is currently on the rise, probably because more children under the age of 5 are being cared for in day-care centers. Among the elderly, scabies among resident patients of nursing homes and extended care facilities has become a common problem due to delayed diagnosis since it can often be mistaken for other skin conditions. The delay allows time for scabies to spread to nursing home staff and other residents. Because residents require assistance in daily living activities, this intimate exposure provides an opportunity for the scabies mite to spread.


  • Crowded or unsanitary living conditions are conducive to the spread of scabies.


  • Contact with an infested person (usually by physical contact, but mites can pass by just standing close to an infected person).


  • You can get scabies through sexual contact and with infested clothing, bedding, towels, or even furniture.





  • PREVENTIVE MEASURES

    The best way to prevent getting scabies is to avoid contact with the mite. For some people, especially those who work in hospitals, day care centers, and other crowded conditions, that may be difficult. If you contract the parasite, take basic steps to avoid reinfection and infecting others.

  • Apply a pediculicide from the neck down and leave it on for at least 8 hours. Make sure anyone who has had physical contact with you also applies it, even if they do not show symptoms.


  • Avoid contact with persons or linen, furniture, and clothing that you suspect may be infected with scabies. Wash all tables, chairs, floors, and vacuum all rugs.


  • Avoid sexual relations with persons suspected of being infested with scabies.


  • Maintain personal cleanliness:
      1. Bathe daily, or at least 2 or 3 times a week.

      2. Wash hands before eating.

      3. Launder clothes and linen often in hot water. Store stuffed animals and other hard-to-wash items in bags for at least a week.





    EXPECTED OUTCOME

  • Itching usually disappears quickly, and evidence of the disease is gone in 1 to 2 weeks with treatment. In 20 percent of cases, re-treatment is necessary in 20 days. If skin irritation persists longer than this, oral antihistamines or topical steroids may be necessary to break the itch-scratch cycle.


  • Scabies may occur in a community in a 7-year cycle (the seven-year itch).





  • POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS

  • Secondary bacterial infection of mite-infested areas of inflammation. This is due to scratching. In many cases, children are treated because of infected skin lesions rather than for the scabies itself. Although treatment of bacterial infections sometimes provides relief, recurrence is almost certain if the scabies infection is not treated.




  • TREATMENT


    DIAGNOSIS

  • See a dermatologist as soon as possible to obtain diagnosis and begin treatment. Keep in mind, although you may be disturbed at the thought of bugs, scabies is no reflection on your personal cleanliness (hygiene).


  • A thorough head-to-toe examination in good lighting, with careful attention to skin crevices, will usually be recommended and performed by a dermatologist. The areas most commonly affected are the buttocks, genitals (in men), nipples (in women), wrists, and armpits, as well as the skin between the toes and fingers. Children under the age of 15 have the highest incidence of scabies and are usually the first in the family to contract it. It is also considered to be a sexually transmitted disease.


  • Many cases of scabies can be diagnosed by dermatologist without special tests. Diagnosis is confirmed by performing a painless test that involves applying a drop of oil to the suspected lesion. The site is then scraped, discovering the mite, lifting it from its barrow and transferred to a glass slide which is examined and identified under a microscope. A diagnosis is made by finding scabies mites or their eggs.





  • CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

  • The critical factor in the treatment of scabies is getting rid of the mite. Each individual in the family or group, whether itching or not, should be treated. The entire community at risk must be treated to stop an epidemic of scabies. In a family, all members should be treated at the same time, as well as others who are in close contact, such as close friends, and sometimes day care or school classmates. Scabies in institutions can be kept to manageable levels by routinely examining patients and conducting thorough skin exams of all new residents. The most successful, cost-effective approach is to treat all patients and health care personnel at the same time. The treatment of all exposed individuals whether obviously infested or not, is important. Incubation time is 6-8 weeks so symptoms may not show up for a while. If you do not treat everyone, it is as if you were never treated.


  • Treatment is with topical medication. Scabies is usually easy and quick to treat with prescription drugs. A topical scabicide called lindane (gamma benzene hexachloride) was once considered a standard treatment for scabies. In recent years, however, it has largely been replaced by permethrin, which is believed to be safer and cause fewer side effects. Scabicides are not recommended for children under the age of 6 or for pregnant women. In such cases, a milder sulfur solution is usually recommended.
    • A 5 percent permethrin cream is applied to the skin from head to toe at bedtime, and washed off the next morning. Dermatologists recommend that the cream be applied to cool, dry skin, over the entire body (including the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, groin, under finger nails, and the scalp in small children) and left on 8 to 14 hours. A second treatment one week later may be recommended for infants with scabies of the palms and soles, or if new lesions appear after treatment. The only reported side effect of 5 percent permethrin cream is a mild, temporary burning and stinging, particularly in bad cases of scabies. All lesions should be healed within 4 weeks after treatment. If an infected person continues to have trouble, he or she may be getting re-infested and require further evaluation and treatment by a dermatologist.

      Another effective prescription treatment is 1 percent lindane lotion. Also an overnight treatment, lindane is effective after 1 to 2 doses. People using lindane are instructed to wash the lotion off after 8 to 12 hours, not to exceed recommended doses, and to avoid a second treatment within a 7 day period. Lindane should not be used on infants, small children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with seizures or other neurological diseases.

      Sulfur ointment and Crotamiton cream are other special care treatment options.

  • Carefully wash all clothes, bedding and toys used prior to or during treatment. You don't need to clean furniture or floor with special care. Carpets or upholstery do not need to be treated, though some people will spray heavily on traffic areas. Dry clean any non-washable items. The mite is attracted to scent. Any clean clothes hanging in the closet or folded in the drawers are okay. Do any laundry that has accumulated. Items you do not wish to wash may be placed in the dryer on the hot cycle for 30 minutes. Rid or R&C spray may be used on items not laundered such as belts, shoes, purses, etc. Items may also be placed in plastic bags and placed in a garage or other storage area away from living area for a period of 2 weeks. If the mites do not get a meal within one week, they die. Vacuum the entire house and discard the bag, just to be on the safe site.


  • To get rid of scabies, those people who are infected and everyone they come in contact with must be treated at the same time. Since the mites can survive for two or three days on almost any surface, including tables and countertops, toys and linens, all areas must be thoroughly vacuumed and washed. Items that may be difficult to clean, such as stuffed animals, should be bagged and stored for a week.


  • A bath with soap and hot water will wash away some of the mites and their debris, but this step alone will not get rid of all the parasites. Most health care providers prescribe a pediculicide, which you apply to your skin from the neck down, including your hands. If you wash your hands after application, you will need to reapply the medication to your hands again. You may need some assistance with this treatment since you must be certain to cover all areas. Leave the lotion on the skin for 8 to 12 hours and then wash it off. Do not reapply the lotion without your health care provider's approval.


  • After you rid your skin of mites, you can take an antihistamine for the itch (which can still rage for days after treatment because of feces left in the burrows) and apply corticosteroid cream to reduce inflammation. It may take 1 to 2 weeks for the itching to subside, even after treatment. Itching may persist for 3 or more weeks after successful eradication of the mite.


  • Do not attempt to treat scabies with unproven home remedies. Scrubbing with laundry detergent or hard soaps, or applying kerosene will only make the condition much worse.


  • Do not use steroids or any other creams unless prescribed by your dermatologist.


  • Do not repeat the treatment more than twice unless specifically instructed by a dermatologist.





  • MEDICATION

  • An insecticide lotion such as permethrin, lindane, crotamiton, or 5 percent sulfur ointment will usually be prescribed. Infants and pregnant women may need a pediculicide that is less toxic than that prescribed for other family members. Lindane 1 percent is about the most common treatment. For pregnant women, crotamiton (Eurax) is prescribed.
    • Bathe thoroughly before applying the prescribed medicine.


    • Apply from the neck down, and cover the entire body. If you wash your hands after application, you need to reapply the medication to your hands again.


    • Wait 15 minutes before dressing.


    • Leave medication on the skin for 2 hours before bathing or as instructed by your dermatologist.


    • Your family or other close contacts should be treated at the same time.


    • You may need to repeat in 1 week.

  • Antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve itching, which can last for weeks.


  • Ivermectin is an oral medication which may be prescribed for certain cases of scabies, especially the difficult to treat crusted form. Like lindane, it is not for use by infants or pregnant women.





  • ACTIVITY

    Scabies are extremely contagious. The are passed by skin to skin contact. Until live mites and their eggs are eradicated, infested persons should be excluded from day care, school and other social activities to limit the chance of further infestation. This includes moderately isolating the person from physical contact with humans or pets for 24 hours following application of treatment. The mite-infested person or child should wear long hair up, preferably in braids if possible, to avoid spreading the mites to furniture, clothing and others. Scabies can be obtained at any time, with numerous reoccurrence, regardless of age or gender. Scabies are more prevalent for children under the age of 15 years and are often the first ones in a family to contract it.

    People should not share clothing, hats, combs or bed sheets with a person infested with scabies. Regularly inspect for parasitic infestations in elementary school children and in individuals confined to nursing homes or other institutions where crowding may be a problem. Changing your life style can effect your ability to resist parasitic infections like scabies and lice, like any parasite, they prey on the weak and infirm. Keep your family's immune system healthy by using non-toxic cleaning products and nutritional supplementation.

    Special soaps, creams and lotions can help kill scabies, but this is not enough to completely rid a child or family of scabies infestation. All surroundings must sanitized. Most chemical treatments for killing parasites like scabies and lice contain potent pesticides and insecticides known as pediculicides. These pediculicides have been known to cause immune suppression, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, circulatory collapse behavioral changes, neuromuscular damage, chronic skin eruptions, liver damage, asthma, respiratory failure, stillbirths, birth defects, cancer and even death.

    Unfortunately, many uninformed parents use treatments containing pesticides and tend to use more, leave them on for longer periods of time, or apply them more often, increasing the risk of dangerous side affects. Follow product directions carefully or those of you health care provider.

    If infestation was caused by sexual encounter with an infected individual, do not have physical/sexual contact with this person until both of you have been successfully treated for infestation. This will reduce the risk of re-infestation.





    HERBAL & HOLISTIC RECOMMENDATIONS


    TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  • To get rid of scabies (mites), apply permethrin cream or 25 percent benzyl benzoate topically to the entire body from the neck down, as directed on the label or as prescribed by your health care provider.






  • NEEM & CITRONELLA

    Neem Spray is safe and effective for adult dogs and cats, puppies and kittens 6 weeks and older, and all large animals. Safe for human use.

    Neem and citronella have been used for thousands of years by the people of India, Southeast Asia and Africa. Scientific studies have found those plants contain compounds that are unpalatable to biting insects. Neem oils and extracts have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. Regular use helps to soothe, and reduce risk of infections, itching and dermatitis caused by insect bites. Contains no DEET, pyrethrins, synthetic pyrethrins, synthetic pyrethroids or permethrin - all of which ban be harmful to both animals and humans. Best results are obtained by using in conjunction with Neem "Protect" Shampoo. The Natural Way to Repel Fleas and Ticks

    Ark Naturals Neem Protect Spray provides a safe, effective natural alternatives to synthetic pesticides for controlling fleas and other blood sucking insects that infest your pets. Neem Bug Free Shampoo is a gentle, non-drying formulation that releases fleas from the skin and coat, and kills them. It is also an effective shampoo for cleaning dirt, oil, and sebum from all types of dog and cat coats. It kills adult fleas and flea larvae. These two products work together synergistically. Ark Naturals Neem Protect Spray should be used in conjunction with Neem Protect Shampoo. These two products work together synergistically.

    Specially formulated for Ark Naturals by a team of chemists and herbal scientists using premium natural botanical extracts. Neem Protect Spray will not irritate flea bites, flea allergy dermatitis, or other skin and coat conditions. Neem Protect Spray may help reduce the risk of infections, itching and dermatitis from insect bites. Neem Protect Spray also repels lice, mites, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. Neem Protect Spray is safe for puppies and kittens, too! Safe for children to play with treated pets. Effective for Human use.

    DIRECTIONS

    Initial Use: For animals with skin and coat issues including insect bites and skin and coat irritation, begin by bathing animal with Neem "Protect" Shampoo. After animal's coat has dried completely, generously spray Neem "Protect" Spray from head to tail. Do not spray in and around animal's eyes, nose or mouth. Spray directly on insect bites and areas that are irritated and inflamed.

    Follow-up: Spray animal every 7-10 days as needed. Use on a regular basis during warmer months, and for animals that spend time outdoors in tall grass or wooded environments.

    Reminder: Neem "Protect" Spray is water soluble and must be reapplied each time animal is completely wet.

    Note: For animals that are infested, remember to wash pet's bedding in hot water, and then spray with Neem "Protect" Spray.

    Ingredients: A proprietary formula of Neem, citronella, essential oils, and gentle emulsifiers.

    KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
    STORAGE: Cap tightly, cool dry location.

    TO ORDER:

    Herbal Remedies: Neem Protect Spray, 1/2 Gal.

    Herbal Remedies: Neem Protect Natural Flea Spray For Pets, 8 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Neem Protect Pet Shampoo, 8 fl. oz.




  • Because scabies is easily spread from one person to another by close contact, if one household member develops it, thoroughly wash all clothing, towels, and bed linen in the house. A product called Rid Spray, which also contains permethrin, may be recommended for treating infested bedding and clothing.




  • Practice scrupulous personal hygiene. Avoid contact with infested persons or their clothing.





  • HERBS

    Herbs recommended here are to help relieve symptoms (such as itching) and promote healing of skin after treatment by your dermatologist to get rid of the scabies mite.

  • Aloe Vera helps soothe and heal the skin. It has excellent healing properties and is applied topically to affected area as directed on the label.


  • Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Information

    Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Supplements & Products

  • Comfrey and Calendula salve helps soothe itching and irritation. Note:Comfrey is suitable for external use only. Do not take it internally unless under the supervision/recommendation of a qualified health care provider.


  • Herbal Remedies: Comfrey Leaf Ointment, Nature's Way, 2 oz.

  • Calendula salve, cool compresses, and cool oatmeal baths are natural alternatives to anti-itch medications. Oatmeal works well for any itchy condition. It soothes irritated skin while also drawing out any remaining toxins. An oat bath is ideal for a large rash that already has settled in. Make a big pot of soupy oatmeal, strain it into the tub and put the rest in a sock. You will want the bath water to be tepid or cool because hot water can further irritate itching. Use the gooey sock like a sponge and let the oat slime ooze over your rash. Or grind up the organic oat flakes and make a cold paste and smear it on. As the oats and water dries, it pulls out the oily exudate into the oat particulate. It gives you itch relief for your rash.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Herbal Ointments - Calendula Ointment Recipes
    To make a Comfrey & Calendula Ointment, add Comfrey Leaf to the Calendula recipe.

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Herbal Ointments Index (For More Healing Recipes)

    Herbal Remedies: Calendula Cream (Marigold, NatureWorks, 4 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Calendula Cream, Nelson's Bach, Organic, 1 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Calendula Gel, Califlora, Homeopathic, Boericke & Tafel, 2.75 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Calendula Cream, Nelson's Bach, Organic, 1 oz.



  • Balsam Peru Essential Oil, Tea Tree Oil Essential Oil and Goldenseal fights infection when used topically. Balsam of Peru oil can be combined with goldenseal and/or tea tree oil and be applied topically to fight the infection.


  • Herbal Remedies: Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream, 4 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Tea Tree Oil, 100% Pure Oil, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Tea Tree Oil Bulk, 32 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Soap, 8 fl. oz.

  • Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and can be taken internally to bolster the immune system. Take 1/2 dropperful of alcohol-free goldenseal extract three times a day for one week. It can be taken under the tongue for fast results or added to tea. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, as it may disturb normal intestinal flora. Do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.


  • Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Information

    Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Supplements & Products

  • Echinacea is an immune enhancer.


  • Herbal Remedies: Echinacea Information

    Herbal Remedies: Echinacea Root Supplements & Products

  • Black Walnut and Wormwood and Garlic fight parasitic infections (see Garlic in Supplements).


  • Herbal Remedies: Scabies & Parasites Formula Tincture, 2 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Parastroy 2-Part Natural Parasite Cleanse, Includes 2 Free CD's, Nature's Secret, 180 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Paracan Parasite Formula Tincture, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Garlic Supplements & Products

  • Rhubarb helps the body to rid itself of parasitic infections. Rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum) is an essential ingredient in many old homemade ciders, wines and root beers. A strong decoction of Rhubarb root has a purgative action for use in the treatment of constipation, but also has an astringent effect following this. It therefore has a cleansing action upon the gut, removing debris and then astringing with antiseptic properties as well.


  • Herbal Remedies: Rhubarb Root Powder (Turkey Rhubarb - Rheum Palmatum), 4 oz. Bulk

  • Alfalfa supplies needed minerals for rebuilding healthy tissue.





  • DIET

  • A diet alone cannot cure scabies. However, a well-balanced nutritious diet should be followed to help in healing. Supplements can be taken to help healing and boost the immune system.


  • To promote healing, eat plenty of foods high in zinc, such as soybeans, sunflower seeds, wheat bran, whole grain products, yeast, and blackstrap molasses.


  • Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Consume no sugar, chocolate, or junk foods.


  • Drink at least ten 8-ounce glasses of clean quality water a day.


  • Avoid fast foods, fried foods, and all animal products. Use cold pressed vegetable oils only.


  • Include plenty of garlic in your diet or take garlic supplements. It is a natural immune-booster. Garlic has anti-parasitic and antibiotic properties.


  • Use barley grass, bee pollen, and/or royal jelly to supply nutrients needed to repair tissue and rebuild the blood. Caution: Do not use bee pollen if you have allergies to pollens without consulting a health care provider.


  • Use "Green Drinks" to provide chlorophyll, which aids in detoxification, and other valuable nutrients and enzymes. Kyo-Green from Wakunaga is an excellent choice.




  • Nutrition Therapy: Juicing

  • If antibiotics or antibiotic herbs are used (such as Goldenseal), be sure to take some form of acidophilus supplement daily and include yogurt products in your diet daily to protect your digestive system function.


  • Herbal Remedies: Acidophilus Supplement Powder, Non-Dairy, 3 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Acidophilus, 3 Billion, NOW Foods, 90 Tabs

    Herbal Remedies: Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement, Non-Dairy, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Kosher Liquid, All Natural, Vegetarian Medium, Lactose Free, Apple Strawberry Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.

    Nutrition Recipes: Homemade Yogurt

    SCABIES - BENEFICIAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

  • Primrose Oil helps heal most skin disorders.

  • Vitamin A is necessary for healing and for reconstructing new skin tissue.
  • Kelp supplies balanced minerals.

  • Zinc helps repair tissues and enhances immune response.

  • Colloidal Silver prevents secondary infection.

  • Vitamin E promotes healing.


  • See Nutritional Supplements below for more information.





    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended here are for adults. For a child between the ages of 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between the ages of 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under the age of 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
    Very Important
    Garlic (Kyolic) 2-3 fresh cloves or 2 capsules 3 times daily, with meals. Has anti-parasitic and antibiotic properties. A powerful immune system stimulant. Fresh garlic can be used in place of garlic supplements.
    Garlic Oil, NOW Foods, 1500 mg, 250 Softgels,
    Garlic Bulb Cloves Supplement, Nature's Way, 580 mg, 100 Caps,
    Super Odorless Garlic, NOW Foods, 5000 mg, 90 Caps,
    Garlic Oil Tincture, Alcohol Free, Nature's Way, 1 fl. oz.,
    Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, One-A-Day, Vegetarian, Wakunaga, 1000 mg, 30 Caps,
    Kyolic Liquid Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular, Vegetarian, Wakunaga, 4 fl. oz.,
    Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular Formula 100, Wakunaga, 300 Caps
    Primrose Oil 1,000 mg 3 times daily. A most important element in the diet. Necessary for a healthy immune system. Speeds healing. A good healer for most skin disorders.
    Evening Primrose Oil W/ Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Barlean's, 1300 mg, 120 Softgels,
    Evening Primrose Oil, Cold Pressed, Nature's Way, 1300 mg, 120 Softgels
    Vitamin A 25,000 IU daily for 3 months, then reduce to 15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Necessary for healing and for construction of new skin tissue. Needed for proper immune function. An important antioxidant.
    Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
    Plus
    Natural Beta-Carotene
    In With
    Carotenoid Complex
    As directed on label. Important antioxidants.
    Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
    Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
    Important
    Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Replenishes essential bacteria. Use a non-dairy formula.
    Acidophilus Supplement Powder, Non-Dairy, 3 oz. Bulk,
    Acidophilus, 3 Billion, NOW Foods, 90 Tabs,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement, Non-Dairy, 100 Caps,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Kosher Liquid, All Natural, Vegetarian Medium, Lactose Free, Apple Strawberry Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.,
    Kelp 1,000-1,500 mg daily. Contains essential vitamins and balanced minerals and aids in detoxifying the body.
    Kelp Supplement, Nature's Way, Certified 650 mg, 100 Caps,
    Kelp Seaweed Norwegian, NOW Foods, 100% Natural, 550 mg, 250 Caps
    Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total if 100 mg daily from all supplements. For tissue repair. Enhances immune response. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or zinc methionate (OptiZinc) for best absorption.
    Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, Silva Solution, 90 Lozenges,
    Zinc Lozenges W/ Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges,
    Zinc (Chelated), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
    Helpful
    Aloe vera As directed on label. Apply gel topically to affected area. Has excellent healing properties.
    Aloe Vera Concentrate, NOW Foods, 100% Organic, 4 oz.,
    Aloe Vera Skin Gel, Herbal Aloe Force, Organically Grown Unprocessed Whole Raw Aloe Vera, 4 fl. oz.,
    Aloe Vera Gel, NOW Foods, 32 oz.,
    Aloe Vera Gel & Juice, 99.7% Pure, Certified Organic, Nature's Way, 1 Liter
    Colloidal Silver Take orally and apply topically as directed on the label. To prevent secondary infection. Acts as a natural antibiotic and disinfectant.
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    Colloidal Silver Liquid, SilvaSolution, 10 ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver Liquid, SilvaSolution, Super Strength Pro 50, 8 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver Pump Spray, SilvaSolution, 2 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver Salve, SilvaSolution, 2 oz.
    Goldenseal Take 1/2 dropperful of alcohol-free goldenseal extract 3 times daily for one week. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic. It can be taken under the tongue for fast results, or added to tea. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
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    Echinacea & Goldenseal Tincture, Alcohol Free, Nature's Way, 1 fl. oz. Goldenseal Supplements & Products, Herbal Remedies
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    Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 6,000-10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Needed for adequate immune function.
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    The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    Vitamin E 200-600 IU daily or 400-1000 IU every other day. Promotes healing. An important antioxidant that is an integral part of the body's defense system and enhances healing. Use d-alpha-tocopherol emulsion form.
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    AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 500 mg, 60 VCaps

    NOW Foods AHCC is a rich source of polysaccharides such as beta glucan 1,3 and activated hemicellulose produced by enzymatic modification of organic medicinal mushrooms, including shiitake.
    AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 750 mg, 60 Caps

    AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is a proprietary extract produced from specially cultivated and hybridized mushrooms. AHCC supports immune system function through its effects on macrophages and NK (Natural Killer) Cells. NK cells and the intercellular mediators they produce are critical for the maintenance of healthy cell cycle function. AHCC has also been shown to possess antioxidant properties, and supports healthy liver function.
    AHCC 100% Pure Powder, NOW Foods, 2 oz.

    AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is a proprietary extract produced from specially cultivated and hybridized mushrooms. According to extensive research in humans, as well as numerous non-clinical studies, AHCC supports immune system function through its effects on macrophages and NK (Natural Killer) Cells.
    Alive! Whole Food Energizer, Multi-Vitamin & Mineral With Naturally Occurring Iron (No Iron Added), Nature's Way, 90 Tablets

    No other supplement contains more life-giving nutrients than Nature's Way Alive Multi-Vitamin. Alive Multi-Vitamin is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets disintegrate up to 5X faster than other leading brands.
    Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice, 99.7% Pure, Certified Organic, Nature's Way, 1 Liter

    Nature's Way Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice offers you the rich benefits of the most potent part of the aloe plant.
    Ashwagandha Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Ashwagandha root is said to improve physical energy, strengthen immunity and increase sexual activity.
    Bio Defender, Antibacterial, Antiviral & Antifungal Formula, Balanceuticals, 56 Caps

    This unique antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal formula is a clinical nutritionist response to bio terrorism such as anthrax.
    Calendula Cream Nelson's Bach, Organic, 1oz

    Nelson's Bach Calendula cream is a soothing multi-purpose skin cream, specially prepared from the Calendula which offers soothing relief for rough, dry, irritated or chapped skin.
    Colloidal Silver Generator Kit, 1 Each

    Colloidal Silver Generator is used to make your own colloidal silver, a natural suspended liquid silver supplement, at a low cost.
    Colloidal Silver, Liquid Silver Homeopathic Formula, SilvaSolution Advanced Immune System Activator For Colds and Flu, 8 fl. oz.

    TriMedica SilvaSolution Advanced Liquid Silver Homeopathic Formula integrates the basic principles of homeopathy and is a profound healing system designed to increase the body's ability to respond to immune challenges and restore optimal health.
    Colloidal Silver Liquid, SilvaSolution Super Strength Pro 50, 8 fl. oz.

    Colloidal Silver Super Strength Liquid provides for a strong immune system, ears, sinuses, throat and lung support for the winter season.
    Colloidal Silver Lotion, SilvaSolution, Homeopathic, 4 fl. oz.

    Effective for minor skin irritations, rashes, hives, insect bites, sores, burns, inflammation, skin swelling, and dry, itchy, cracked skin.
    Colloidal Silver Salve, SilvaSolution, 2 oz.

    SilvaSolution Colloidal Silver Salve now contains added homeopathics that add a benefit that will enhance the SilvaSolutions effectiveness.
    Colloidal Silver, Trace Minerals, 8 fl. oz.

    Trace Minerals Super Oxygenated Pure Colloidal Silver Supplement is in a Fast Absorbing Liquid Formula. Colloidal Silver is a dietary supplement with over 30 ppm per dose of pure Colloidal Silver.
    Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, SilvaSolution, 90 Lozenges

    Now you can get powerful liquid silver in the most convenient form ever with new SilvaSolution Silver and Zinc Lozenges.
    Comfrey Leaf Ointment Nature's Way, 2 oz.

    Comfrey Ointment has long been a favorite for herbalists in its topical applications. Traditionally, it is used in the relief of pain from minor burns, diaper rash, abrasions, cuts and stings.
    Comfrey Leaf Powder, 100% Organic, 4 oz. Bulk

    One of the most well-known healing plants, especially for its ability to heal tissue and bone.
    Elecampane Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Today used primarily for respiratory ailments such as coughs, asthma and bronchitis.
    Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps

    All Complete Enzymes, dietary supplement, is an important combination of critical enzymes that help support normal digestive function, cholesterol levels, fat metabolism and more, all in one convenient tablet.
    Garlicin CF, Cold & Flu Formula, Odor-Free Garlic, Nature's way, 404 mg, 90 Enteric Coated Tabs

    Garlicin CF Odor Free Garlic Immune Support Formula combines all the healthy benefits of high allicin release Garlicin with the added benefits of Echinacea, Ester-C, and OptiZinc.
    Garlicin HC, Healthy Circulation Formula With Odor Free Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 90 Enteric Coated Tabs

    Garlicin HC garlic supplement supports cardiovascular health with the help of hawthorn, cayenne and vitamin E.
    Hulda Clark's Parasite Cleansing Protocol, 20 Day Kit, Parasite Cleansing Program with Black Walnut Green-Hull, 300 mg, 50 Caps

    This is a complete Parasite Removal kit with Black Walnut Green Hull Capsules, Wormwood Capsules, Clove Capsules and a Complete Guide on Parasite Removal for Adult, Children and Pet Program.
    Hulda Clark's Parasite Cleansing Protocol, 20 Day Kit, Parasite Cleansing Program with Black Walnut Green-Hull Tincture, 1 fl. oz.

    This is a complete Parasite Removal kit with Black Walnut Green Hull Tincture, Wormwood Capsules, Clove Capsules and a Complete Guide on Parasite Removal for Adult, Children and Pet Program.
    Kelp Seaweed Norwegian, NOW Foods, 100% Natural, 550 mg, 250 Caps

    Norwegian Kelp seaweed contains nearly thirty minerals which nourish the glands, especially the thyroid and pituitary. Kelp, also known as seaweed, grows in the rich ocean beds, far below surface pollution levels.
    Momordica Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    It has been suggested that Bitter Melon, Momordica, has anti-tumor and antiviral actions. MAP 30 is a protein found in Bitter Melon that is believed to have multiple functions that could be beneficial in treating HIV infection.
    MSM Lotion (Methylsulfonylmethane) (15%), 8 fl. oz.

    MSM Lotion contains methylsulfonylmethane, a form of sulfur, which may be helpful in treating skin disorders including acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, diaper rash, and certain fungal infections.
    Multi-Mineral Optimum Complex, Nature's Way, 100 Caps

    Nature's Way Multi-Mineral Optimum Complex offers a complete carefully dosed blend of minerals vital to the body. This multi Mineral Optimum Complex provides nutritional support for normal bone development, muscle function, reproduction and metabolism.
    Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral, Baby & Children's Liquid, Childlife, 8 fl. oz.

    Children's liquid Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral formula provides the optimal dosage of all the essential vitamins and minerals with trace elements for infants and children of all ages and it tastes great!
    Nature's Antiseptics Tea Tree Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract, CJ Puotinen, Paperback

    Nature's Warfare, this book covers tea tree oil and grapefruit see extract use in safely destroying viruses, bacteria, molds, yeasts and parasites that want to live in us and on us.
    Odorless Garlic Supplement, NOW Foods, 2500 mg, 250 Softgels

    Odorless Garlic supplement is extracted from Allum sativum and is a specially made Japanese product. Our Odorless Garlic supplement is aged 18 months and concentrated in a 100:1 extract to yield high amounts of Scordiin, a unique sulfur compound which may be responsible for many of garlic's renowned benefits.
    Scabies & Parasites Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    The Scabies and Parasites Tincture can be used for both internal and external use to help rid the body of parasites, scabies, and ringworm.
    Vitamin A, 100% Natural, 10,000 IU, 100 Softgels

    Nature's Way Vitamin A is an important nutrient in maintaining cell membrane integrity. It also plays an important role in proper bone formation, reproduction and vision.
    Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 400 IU, 250 Softgels

    Vitamin E is a major antioxidant and the primary defense against lipid peroxidation. It is particularly important in protecting the body's cells from free radical/oxidative damage.
    Zinc (Chelated), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps

    Zinc is present in all tissues, organs and secretions of the body. Nature's Way chelated zinc is 100% natural chelated with an advanced amino acid complex for superior absorption.





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