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What is the treatment for scabies?

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Scabicides that kill mites -- and some that also kill eggs -- are available by prescription only. Permethrin cream 5% (also known as Elimite) is a common treatment that kills mites and eggs. It is approved for use in adults and children at least two months old. Crotamiton lotion or cream 10% (also known as Eurax or Crotan) is approved for scabies treatment in adults only. However, it is not very effective.

Lindane lotion is approved for use as scabies treatment, but should not be used as first-line therapy. If used improperly, it can attack and damage the brain and other parts of the nervous system.

A prescription oral drug, ivermectin, is also very effective in getting rid of scabies. You have to take two doses 1 week apart.

SOURCES:

News release, Sanofi Pasteur U.S. CDC: "Lice: Treatment." "Parasites - Lice - Head Lice." "Scabies: Treatment." UptoDate.com.


News release. FDA. Hoekelman, R. (editor) Mosby, 2001.
Primary Pediatric Care,


 

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 3, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, Sanofi Pasteur U.S. CDC: "Lice: Treatment." "Parasites - Lice - Head Lice." "Scabies: Treatment." UptoDate.com.


News release. FDA. Hoekelman, R. (editor) Mosby, 2001.
Primary Pediatric Care,


 

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on April 3, 2018

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