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How Long Does It Take Permethrin To Work
Elimite (permethrin): Hello Vaidehibi. If you are taking Elimite (permethrin) for scabies, it starts to work with that one time application but may require a second application one week later. Also, it can take 2-3 weeks for the bumps and itching to resolve. Over the counter anti-itch creams used as directed can help in the mean time. Also important to eliminate sources of scabies in the home to prevent re-infection. Best wishes. Read more
One treatment...: ...With elimite, (permethrin) if applied properly, will kill all the mites and eggs immediately. However, the itching can persist for a couple of weeks after the treatment because your skin is still reacting to the infestation. Also, I usually recommend repeating the Elimite (permethrin) treatment a few days after the initial application, to kill any mites you might have missed or any eggs that may have hatched. Read more
Depends: 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. Read more
Nix (permethrin) is not...: ...My favorite treatment, as many strains of head lice are now resistant to it. Elimite cream (applied to dry hair & left on overnight under shower cap) works better, although not officially approved for that indication. Malathion (ovide lotion) works fastest, but stinks, and is flammable! kwell shampoo also works fast (repeat in 1 week), but like nix, (permethrin) resistance is common. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had scabies for about 2 month I've taken the permethrin treatment twice? But the red nodules on my penis haven't fully gone away how long does it take?
Scabicide & dryness: Scabies treatments often contain a high percentage of alcohol which can be very drying to the skin, especially sensitive tissues of the face and genitals. Hypoallergenic soaps and lotions which are pH balanced will help the skin recover more quickly, and reduce the itching that can last up to two weeks after treatment. Read more
Difficult question: Permethrin is only minimally absorbed into the bloodstream (less than 2%) after topical application, but it is a VERY stable compound with a long half life. The amount absorbed is considered below the toxic level, but it will remain for quite some time (this is based on a study on rats, I could not find human studies). Hope this helps. Read more
1-2 weeks: Assuming you have successfully treated the scabies. It will likely take 1-2 weeks for the redness to subside. Topical steroids may help speed this process up. Make sure you wash all clothes, towels, sheets, and blankets following Permethrin treatment to make sure any residual mites are eradicated. Read more
Permethrin: This is usually applied and left on overnight, washed off in the morning, then repeated in 1 week. Read more
How long is Permethrin active on the skin after you have washed it off? I put the cream on yesterday and washed it off today. Is it still active?
Apply from the neck: And wash off all of it. At the end of 8 hours Read more
If I use the elimite (permethrin) cream on my child, how long before she is no longer contagious?
After using elimite (permethrin) how long before scabies goes away? How do you know if new ones will form?
Be patient: The cream should kill the scabies within the first day of treatment. However, the skin disruption is caused by a reaction to the mites burrowing under the skin and leaving its debris in the tunnels. It can take two or more weeks for the skin to settle down and begin healing after initial treatment. If concerned a second treatment after a week could catch any stragglers, but is probably unnecessary. Read more
I was given permethrin 5% to eliminate scabies. It says to stay on for 8-14 hours and then shower. Will it still work if I shower after 6/6.5 hours?
It may not: Follow the directions. A second treatment 7 days after the first is often required for cure. Read more
1.5 weeks post 2nd round permethrin 5% have quarantined & then hot washed all items, new spots which are itchy have come up. Am worried t/m didn't work?
Permethrin treatment: I', assuming this was used to treat scabies. The mite is killed and the eggs that are under the skin are disabled immediately after treatment. However, the rash is a different matter. Part of the rash is caused by the inflammation of the skin in response to the foreign object of the eggs and mites. It takes weeks after treatment to get rid of residual inflammation after treatment and thus the rash Read more
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