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#1 of 5 Old 09-09-2009, 12:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello,
we unfortunately have a scabies outbreak in our household. I am 11 weeks pregnant and looking for safe alternative treatments I could use rather than slathering myself up with a "safe" pesticide from the MD. Does anyone have any suggestions?...I've been reading about tea tree oil (my husband has already started using it as a treatment for himself) but jury seems out on safety during pregnancy. Any advice would be great, or point me to some other alt. resources if you know of any!
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Oh, horrible. DD and I got scabies (though DH escaped somehow) when she was about 12 months old. I used the perscription pesticide, plus neem soap and shampoo. I think neem is the best natural scabicide, but it's definitely not recommended in pregnancy. Honestly, you might have to use the perscription stuff. Don't forget to wash sheets, clothes, diapers etc. in hot water every morning (scabies most active at night) and put things that can't be washed on hot, which might be exposed, into plastic bags for a week (or was it only three days?).

Good luck with it. Remember, it itches for a week or so even after the bugs are gone.
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I once tried using neem oil for scabies and the result was a lot of smell and greasiness but no reduction in the scabies. I ended up with the prescription stuff and wished I'd started there.
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we also had scabies around the end of the first trimester this time. we used the prescription cream and i washed and cleaned like a mad woman. i dried all of our pillows and stuffed toys that i could in the drier on hottest setting for at least 30 mins and bagged up the rest and put them in outside storage for 2 wks. dh sprayed our furniture and mattresses down with some spray stuff and then he vaccumed it and cleaned up the vac.

good luck, those things are sooooo itchy and annoying!

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I would NOT use Lindane unless absolutely necessary. I have used it before and it is horribly toxic - I cannot imagine using it while pregnant! (it is banned in other countries!)

http://www.panna.org/lindane

I personally would feel safer trying TTO than that. And I'd be washing everything with hot water, TTO and borax in the wash, dry in sun THEN in a hot dryer too.

There may be other options available now as this was a number of years ago, but I would most definitely seek alternatives if possible.

Good luck mama - they are no fun!

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