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Permethrin Scabies

What is Permethrin?

Permethrin is a synthetic chemical that has a broad spectrum of insecticidal activity. It is taken up by insects through their mouth, airways or their surface coverings.

How permethrin works?

Permethrin works by binding to a particular site (sodium channels) on nerve endings. This leads to a complex series of reactions in various organs, leading to paralysis of the nervous system, inhibition of metabolism and ultimately death of the insect.

This preparation is used to treat skin infections with mites (scabies) or crab lice.

Scabies and Permethrin

The most common medicine used for scabies is permethrin , a cream which your doctor must prescribe for you. Treatment for scabies is pretty straightforward, although it's time-consuming too. Since the mite is transferred from one person to another by personal contact or by linens and clothes, we assume that everyone in the same house with a scabies patient has scabies themselves whether or not they are yet itching. The following care should be taken:

  • When you go home from the doctor's office and the drugstore, take off all the clothes you are wearing and take a bath or shower.
  • Apply the permethrin cream to your entire body from the neck down.
  • Do not put clothes on over the cream unless they have been washed. All the clothes should be washed thoroughly.
  • Usually families start the treatment in the afternoon or evening and sleep with the cream on. After that remove your night wear and take another bath or shower to wash off the cream. Wash the night wear you wore, again in hot water.

There are two types of products available without prescription that are effective for scabies: permethrin and pyrethrins. Although permethrin in stronger concentration is effective against scabies, it is not currently available for OTC use, so you must have a doctor's prescription for scabies treatment.

Success rate of Permethrin on Scabies

With the 5% permethrin preparation for treating scabies, a response rate of over 90% is anticipated after a single application, and success can often be improved by a second treatment.

Points to remember while using Permethrin for Scabies

  • Avoid contact with eyes or mouth.
  • It is advised that rubber gloves be worn by people giving repeated applications or treating large numbers of individuals e.g. clinic nurses.
  • The whole body should be washed 8-12 hours after application for scabies.
  • This preparation is for external use only.
  • This medicine should be reapplied to the hands if they are washed with soap and water before the treatment period is complete.
  • Apply to cool, dry skin. If applying after a warm bath, wait for skin to cool first.

Permethrin should not to be used in following

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Side effects of Permethrin

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine.

  1. Stinging on application
  2. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Preventive measures for scabies:

Personal hygiene and daily bath; separate clothes, bed linen and towels; use of medicated soap containing 3 p.c. acid salicylic and 10 p.c. sulphur.

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