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Reinfestation of scabies after treatment

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
5% permethrin cream: This cream is available by prescription and can be used in children as young as 2 months. The cream should be massaged into the skin from scalp to le... Read More
Dr. Zeda Amaya
Specializes in Pediatrics
3step Multi-approach: Scabies is a common skin infection and it's spread by direct contact with the scabies germ. #1the best treatment is prevention of contact when possibl... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gaston Moran Celayes
Dr. Gaston Moran Celayesanswered
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
2 of them: The cheapest one is a lotion (permethrine) which you have to put on your body from neck to toes. It will kill the parasite but won't stop the itching ... Read More
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Elimite (permethrin) orLindane: Apply a mite-killer like Permethrin (elimite). These creams are applied from the neck down, left on overnight, then washed off. This application is us... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
The same!: You will probably look about the same as before the treatment, although your skin may feel a little drier. Redness, flaking and scabbing at the sites... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Usually not: if the lotion was used as directed!
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Yes: Scabies is treated with a topical over the counter scabicide such as 5% Permethrin (nix, actin, elimite). It is applied over the entire body from the... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Depends: In true scabies the mite dies after it is exposed to treatment (permethrin) fairly soon after treatment. However, and this is the gross part, the majo... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
After a while: The symptoms can persist for a couple weeks after treatment. Sometimes it takes more than one treatment, but even with killing all the bugs, it will t... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Bates jr.
Critical Care 24 years experience
Few days after: Treatment starts in most cases but a little benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream may help.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Could be: It could be up to 2 weeks.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Problem is Scabies: Can be transmitted indirectly as well as directly. Thus- it can be the gift that keeps on giving. Scabies can take effort to get rid of. 1st, you &all... Read More

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