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Hi i'm a 32 year old female. i currently have scabies as diagnosed by my doctor.. i have them all over and especially on neck, face and scalp.. how will i treat my scalp as i have very long hair and doctor told me not to put treatment on my head, even if

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Oral ivermectin?: There's no obvious reason the treatment (probably permethrin or lindane) cannot be used on the scalp, but it should be kept out of the eyes and mouth. Alternatively, if necessary, scabies can be treated with ivermectin, an oral treatment effective in a single dose. Discuss both options with your doctor.
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