Have you ever heard about kurikong or kagaw. Probably, you have known the first one, i still remember it during my school days, maybe the same reason, I really have no idea about it before.
Kurikong, kagaw or whatever it was called, this name refers to scabies or more popularly known as galis aso. I remember my childhood days, it was a common word when you scratch a part of your body, your classmates or friends would often tease you of having kurikong. But that word doesn’t absorbs in my brain during that time and I can definitely say that I haven’t had this skin problem when i was in my childhood considering the fact that my grand mother is strict and she always wanted me to be clean at all times.
Scabies is a contagious problem and it occurs to animals and humans alike. The causes of this skin disease is a parasite called Sarcoptes scabiei or sarcoptic mange in animals. It is very small that it can’t be seen by the naked eye. A microscope or magnifying glass perhaps are needed to see what this parasite look like.
You will learn that you are experiencing one when you see small red blisters look like. looking at it makes you think that it’s impetigo but checking it carefully, you can safely say that it was different. It commonly occurs on hands, feet, wrists, elbows, back, buttocks, and external genitals and can cause an intense itchiness that eventually fire up during night time.
Because it is very contagious, everybody in your family can easily get contaminated when one has a mite within her body. This mean, skin to skin contact or even when your sharing things , bedding, towels or even clothes.
Symptoms of scabies are often seen weeks after you have been contaminated but for those who have already had it before, it can occurs immediately.
This skin disease can be a big problems for children as it can cause so much itchiness in their body that can turn into wounds when they scratch them. The itching is more aggravated during night time.
I hate the idea of having one but it’s a given fact that scabies can spread easily when another household member was suffering from it.
So, before the rashes and itchiness becomes worst, here’s some natural treatment that can help you.
Kakawate or madre cacao : We have learned from some oldies that this is one of the immediate treatment on scabies (dermatatis). Further research shows that kakawate or madre cacao is not just good for dermatitis or skin itching. The fresh leaves can be applied directly to your skin especially to the infected area. This is best done during night time after taking a bath.
Although, the leaves can easily dried out, so make use of it while it’s fresh. Although, it’s easy to find this kakawate because the bark was used as fence or furniture but i don’t know if it’s easy to find in the metro, especiallly in Manila. But still, you can find luck with your local herbal medicine stores.
In some countries, kakawate is also used for headaches, cough, fever, fatigue and good as insecticide and insect repellent.
It has a foul smell but bearable. Mites can stay for two to three days outside the human skin, so they maybe walking under your bed. You can put the leaves under your bed to get rid of those mites. But as better, it is suggested that you wash all your bedding, towels and even vacuum the house.
Makabuhay: Is another medicinal plant that can help remove scabies. It has many medicinal effect and used for malaria , athletes foot and pesticide
To use this, boil the vine (just like the one you see above) in a gallon of water for 15 minutes or maybe even more. Add it on a pail and used for bathing for children. Adults can use this as hot compress. You can also extract the juice and applied it on the infected areas.
Makabuhay means pro life or giver of life in filipino term, so it is just sad that this medicinal plant was believed to be use for abortion because of it’s bitter taste , so it is just obvious that if your pregnant, don’t use this even for bathing.
This is a wild plant, so it’s easy to find, you can also check your nearest medicinal plant seller.
Because of the benefits of the two medicinal plant and it’s comparison. It has been used by many farmers to help in their rice plants.
Usually the itchiness can stay up to two weeks but if your experiencing it for more than that period, it is still best to ask your doctor or a dermatologist especially if your rashes are already all over your body because it might cause some complications which we don’t want to happen.
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