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A 36-year-old member asked:

What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 34 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 oral medication that can be taken once to treat scabies. Lindane is effective but may cause neurotoxicity and so is used after other remedies have failed.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
Remember, body lice are better called clothing lice because they do not live on the body.
Aug 11, 2012

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