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how many treatments does it take to get rid of scabies

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
1 or 2: Usually 1 treatment with Elimite (permethrin) is enough. If incompletely cured, additional similar treatment in 14 days may be applied.
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Dr. Morris Westfried
46 years experience Dermatology
1-2: Topical treatment requires one to two application a week apart. Itching can persist even after the infection resolves.This may require oral or topical ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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No. Some Scabies: are resistant to this treatment. Go to CDC web site for complete info.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Scabies Treatment: First of all I have to ask you, have you been diagnosed by a phycisian if you have scabies and secondly did the doctor advised you how touse permethri ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
What treatment: Using the 1% cream we use to treat head lice will not kill scabies. The 5% cream will kill it & some docs use 2 treatments a week apart to get all ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
45 years experience Travel Medicine
Prescription Rx: First get diagnosed properly. Sometimes what we think we have, masquerades as something else. With scabies, the longer you wait, the longer you itch! ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
28 years experience Dermatology
Scabies: Permethrin treatment needs to be repeated one week after the initial treatment. There are oral treatments for scabies, like ivermectin. However, the ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Once scabies is properly treated, no new skin lesion appears. Itching, however. Lingers a little while.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Isaacs
39 years experience Family Medicine
Scabies: No, the antibiotic will not have any protective effect against scabies. Scabies are a type of mite and require a kind of treatment very much differe ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Takes time: The bumps appear as a skin reaction to the debris left in the tunnels the scabies leave under your skin.That reaction does not stop at the point of tr ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Mcgraw
20 years experience Pediatrics
Lice: Unlikely to treat scabies - if you think you may have scabies please go see your primary provider.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Seriously: get to a dermatologist for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

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