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Can lice shampoo kill scabies

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Reinfection possible: Yes especially if you are re exposed to source of infection.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Different strength: The scabies treatment uses a 5% vs the 1% for head lice. If you used a product too weak or didn't cover all areas you can have recurrent disease.

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not always: Some sarcoptes scabiei (mite causing scabies) became resistant to nix (permethrin) and requires lindane treatment.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Not a good choice: Nonprescription nix (permethrin 1%) is used to treat lice but is not strong enough to cure scabies. Prescription Permethrin 5%(elimite) cream is the m... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Not really: If you want to kill lice, then you will need a shampoo that has a chemical insecticide in it. It is possible to eradicate lice without using one, but... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some try vinegar: Some will swear by vinegar, either cider vinegar or pickling vinegar worked into dry hair daily for a week as a natural rx. It does seem to loosen the... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
2 uses of: lice shampoo is usually enough to kill the lice and their eggs.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Follow directions: it sounds like you are using Elimite (permethrin). Use as shampoo and leave on for the recommended time period and then rinse and repeat 7-9 days late... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology 19 years experience
Bumps and itch: Typically red very itchy bumps, and specifically for scabies burrow like rash that is itchy and most commonly in areas of skin folds.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Not usually: Derbac is malathion; an organophosphorous insecticide used in resistant cases of head lice (over age six years) not usually used in scabies where resi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
General cleaning: With lice, only areas where the head has touched are at risk. Would wipe the area down and vacuum it. With scabies it is spread to the environment w... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Permethrin: Permethrin is the most effective treatment for scabies. Applied from the neck down, and left on for up to 12 hours, then removed. Ivermectin is an ora... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Not unless a partner wont come near you. Seriously, scabies and pubic lice do not have any effect on fertility.

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