how long does it take for scabies to go away after permethrin cream

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Dr. Tara Passow answered:

How long does it take for scabies to go away after permethrin cream?

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Scabies
Even if all the scabies mites are killed by the premethrin, itching can persist for several weeks. Persistent itching, especially if there are big bumps, sort of like mosquito bites, can be treated with a topical cortisone (steroid) cream. Usually premethrin is applied twice, about a week between applications. It has to be done right, clothes and bedding washed, contacts treated too.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

I just start useing the cream permethrin for scabies how long will it be before i'm cured and what do they look like when healing?

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Scabies is treated with a topical scabicide such as 5% permethrin. It is applied over the entire body from the chin to the toes and left on for 8 to 14 hours before washing off. The treatment is repeated 1 week later. The itching may take over a week to resolve. Skin lesions will gradually fade and resolve.
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23 weeks pregnant. Just treated for scabies yesterday w/permethrin cream. Still very itchy. Is it safe to take Benadryl? Or anything for the itchiness

One treatment option

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I am not an obstetrician but I did want to make you aware of one treatment option - acupuncture. It is very helpful for itching & will be safe during pregnancy. There are a few specific acupuncture points that should not be needled during pregnancy but these are not used for itching tx. Congratulations & take care.
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Treated for scabies with permethrin cream (1 day ago). Is it normal to still feel real itchy? How long should I wait before worrying about the itching

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The itch od Scabies can last up to a few weeks even after adequate Tx. However, the itch should improve within a week or so.
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Is permethrin cream good for scabies?

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Permethrin cream is the most commonly used prescription treatment for scabies. It is applied all over adult skin from neck down and left on overnight. Repeat in 7 days. Wash all clothes, bed linens in hot water. Itch can last for weeks, but mites should be killed.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

Is it possible for me to apply permethrin cream everyday until scabies is gone?

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You should read the info on National Institutes of Health online www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a698037. This 5% cream may be used more than once but is generally unnecessary. The itching may persist for a long time even after the mites have been killed.
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I was diagnosed w/ Scabies. Did the Permethrin cream 2x w/ the 1st apply 3 wks ago and I am still itching like CRAZY. When does it stop it itching?

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A diagnosis of scabies can be clinical(observation) or by a skin scraping (microscope). If you are not improved after 3 weeks, you should have a scraping done. Most scabies does continue to itch even after treatment for about a week or two. Either this is the wrong diagnosis or treatment has failed. Scabies can be hard to get rid of.
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Dr. Yash K. Khanna answered:

I have treated my self with permethrin cream and I still can't get rid of scabies what should I do ? I have also done two treatments I still have it

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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 permethrine cream.I f you have medically diagnosed Scabies and you have been using the Permethrine cream properly then chances with two treatments are that Scabies has been cured.The itching symptoms can persist for a while and need to be treated with anti itc
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How often should you use permethrin 5% cream for scabies?

Usually once

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Scabies is caused by a mite that burrows into the skin and lays eggs. The eggs take a few days to hatch. Generally one application of permethrin cream kills the mites and eggs but occasionally a second application a week later can be used to kill any mites that hatch from eggs that survive the first treatment. You should not use more than 2 applications.
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

How many doses of permethrin cream kill scabies?

One

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Usually just one, unless you get reinfected from an untreated person or from not washing recently used clothes or bed sheets. Itching after treatment is usually from dead mites, not live ones.
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