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How effective is nix (permethrin)?

How effective is nix (permethrin)?

Not always: Some sarcoptes scabiei (mite causing scabies) became resistant to nix (permethrin) and requires lindane treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Noah Scheinfeld
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Permethrin (Definition)

Permethrin is a topical anti-parasite agent which is a ...Read more


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Could I have HIV from using someone elses nix (permethrin) pencil?

Could I have HIV from using someone elses nix (permethrin) pencil?

HIV transmission: HIV is spread only by blood and certain other body fluids, including semen and vaginal fluid. It is not spread by casual contact and it would not be spread by using a Nix (permethrin) styptic pencil as HIV is not spread by contact with environmental surfaces that are not grossly contaminated with the fluid vehicle. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Nix allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Nix allergy?

Nix allergy: NIx (permethrin topical) is used for treatment of lice. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe.
For possible adverse reactions see: https://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/nix-side-effects. Html ...Read more

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Small dark bugs keep appearing in my hair. I used NIX (permethrin) to no avail. 3 months now. Itches!!!

Small dark bugs keep appearing in my hair. I used NIX (permethrin) to no avail. 3 months now. Itches!!!

Hair bugs: There is resistance to over the counter medicine for lice so see a physician for prescription medication ...Read more

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I have only found nits on my child's head and treated her once with nix, (permethrin) do I need to re-treat next week?

Treat twice: It is recommended particularly with nix (permethrin) to repeat the treatment one week later. The most important part of treatment however is " nit picking" ...Read more

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My 3 jarige dogtertji sukkel met haar bors, sy nu al op hope antibotika gewees en ook op airmune, ons stoom hàar ook nix help nie. Oz GP se hul kan ha ni toeta ve asma ni. Wat kan oz dun om haar bors t help? Sy huig wn hoes heeldag lank...

My 3 jarige dogtertji sukkel met haar bors, sy nu al op hope antibotika gewees en ook op airmune, ons stoom hàar ook nix help nie. Oz GP se hul kan ha ni toeta ve asma ni. Wat kan oz dun om haar bors t help? Sy huig wn hoes heeldag lank...

Preventative inhaler: If not, she will have to use a preventative inhaler like sereflo, but that will also help to open her chest.
Fear of separation and stress can aggravate the symptoms.
Sometimes a low dose macrolide antibiotic is give for 4-6 weeks by a doctor to work as an immune modulator (helper). ...Read more

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Hi - I m pretty sure I have lice, but my apartment also has fleas. Will Nix (1% permethrin) kill both these pests?

Hi - I m pretty sure I have lice, but my apartment also has fleas. Will Nix (1% permethrin) kill both these pests?

Yes and maybe no...: Sorry for the confusing answer. Permethrin may indeed kill both, but also many of these pests are now resistant to that drug. In some areas of the US as much as 50% of luce are resistant to Permethrin. If you're having problems with recurring infestations, talk to your doc about other options for treatment in your area of the country. Also, remember environmental controls to prevent recurrences ...Read more

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Does nix (permethrin) over-the-counter treatment help get rid of bed bugs?

Does nix (permethrin) over-the-counter treatment help get rid of bed bugs?

No: Pyrethrins (active ingredient in nix) are designed to paralyze insects. They do not last long so have very little long term effect. Additionally many bed bugs have become resistant.: http://evolution. Berkeley. Edu/evolibrary/news/100901_bedbugs products which contain pyrethrins can damage furniture too. ...Read more

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My head has been itchy for a few weeks...been checked 3 times for head lice...none found, also used NIX (permethrin) just to be sure...still itchy...

My head has been itchy for a few weeks...been checked 3 times for head lice...none found, also used NIX (permethrin) just to be sure...still itchy...

Dermatitis.: THis could be dermatitis or sensitive scalp too.
Since you have trued Nix, (permethrin) lice would be unlikely but should be assessed.
Any recent shampoo change may contribute.
Dandruff/ seborrhea can cause itching.
Should be seen if persists. ...Read more

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I bought some Nix (permethrin) Cream Rinse with 1% Permethrin. How long do I need to keep it on my skin to treat scabies? Or is it strong enough to kill them?

I bought some Nix (permethrin) Cream Rinse with 1% Permethrin. How long do I need to keep it on my skin to treat scabies? Or is it strong enough to kill them?

Scabies treamtment: The recommended treat for scabies is 5% pernethrin in a cream form for 12hour, The cream rinse would not be enough, also worry about exposure to the solvant. I will not use it, also make sure diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Can I keep nix (permethrin) lice treatment on overnight?

Can I keep nix (permethrin) lice treatment on overnight?

No: The manufacturer recommends to leave it on the patient's hair for 10 minutes. Most importantly, this is an insecticide that paralyze the lice, thus what you want is to grab the fine comb and do an extensive combing as indicated in the instructions, so the patient does not shed the lice all over.
Keep in mind that there is resistance to this type of drugs, thus follow up with pcp is important. ...Read more

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How long does it take after nix, (permethrin) to get rid of head lice in a child?

How long does it take after nix, (permethrin) to get rid of head lice in a child?

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 more

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Does nix (permethrin) lice lotion kill scabies?

Not a good choice: Nonprescription nix (permethrin 1%) is used to treat lice but is not strong enough to cure scabies. Prescription Permethrin 5% (elimite) cream is the most common medication to treat scabies and it works well. Lindane is mentioned in the above answer- it is rarely used now and carries a boxed warning because it has caused seizures and death in some age groups and low weight individuals. ...Read more

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Is it normal that after putting on nix 5% permethrin cream to kill scabies mites, I have more bumps next morning and it didn't itch this bad before?

Is it normal that after putting on nix 5% permethrin cream to kill scabies mites, I have more bumps next morning and it didn't itch this bad before?

Can happen: Scabies mites burrow into the upper layers of your skin leaving fecal debris behind in their tracts. The formation of skin changes and itching is the bodies allergic response to the fecal debris. This can persist for a period after the mites are dead. An antihistamine taken by mouth along with an over the counter steroid scream may help with the skin & itching. ...Read more

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Used Nix (permethrin) lice spray on couch and chair. So nervous it is going to cause cancer in my toddler is the risk really bad? Used it in August. I'm panicked.

Used Nix (permethrin) lice spray on couch and chair. So nervous it is going to cause cancer in my toddler is the risk really bad? Used it in August. I'm panicked.

No Do not worry: Chemicals like this do not cause cancer that easily. First of all anything that carries much risk for Cancer will not be available for use. Further, it takes many years of repeated use and exposure before Cancer can be created. Our bodies are very efficient in cleaning up any chemicals that enter our body. Even if some cell damage is done, the body can repair it quite efficiently. ...Read more

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Is it mites? Family is itchy but no rash. PA says try Nix (permethrin) as an overnight lotion, shower off in the am. Sound like reasonable course of treatment?

Itchy Family: Treating the entire family for mites when the entire itches seems reasonable. Mites, on the other hand, should not cause loose stools. Loose stools along with rash make me think of viral or bacterial causes. Other environmental causes should be considered such as new laundry detergent, new soap, new carpet, new paint, new pet or recent travel and the related environmental exposures. ...Read more

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I got bad cramps after peeing and two hours later they haven't stopped. I checked on AZO but nix (permethrin) for kidneys. Have been trying kegels and drinking wat?

I got bad cramps after peeing and two hours later they haven't stopped. I checked on AZO but nix (permethrin) for kidneys. Have been trying kegels and drinking wat?

You need to be seen: The symptoms you are describing need an evaluation.
You will need an exam and some labs to get an accurate DX. ...Read more

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I applied permethrin an hour ago. It soothed the itching and the hives I have from an allergic reaction to another medication. May I apply calamine or?

I applied permethrin an hour ago. It soothed the itching and the hives I have from an allergic reaction to another medication. May I apply calamine or?

I would avoid it: I find calamine would be excessively drying & may add to your itching problem. AA cool compress applied to the more irritated areas can quell itching & a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream may reduce the irritation. ...Read more

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What happens if I overdose on permethrin?

What happens if I overdose on permethrin?

Tough to overdose: Using Permethrin as directed makes it difficult to overdose with this cream. Using anything indiscriminately is certainly not good practice. ...Read more

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What are some contraindications of permethrin?

What are some contraindications of permethrin?

Best to ask your doc: You can find information about Permethrin safety here: http://www. Rxlist. Com/elimite-drug. Htm. ...Read more

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Dangers of using permethrin cream repeatedly?

Dangers of using permethrin cream repeatedly?

Depends on variables: This is basically a bug killer, like what is in your handy bug spray. Repeated applications to the skin, especially if the skin barrier is broken down by infection, infestation or burns could lead to the toxic material entering your blood. ...Read more

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Can use permethrin twice in three days?

Can use permethrin twice in three days?

Yes, but: It may be unnecessary. If using it for scabies, it does usually kill the mites with the first application. However, the itching and irritation are caused by a body response to the debris left in the tunnels created by the mites. This irritation will take weeks to calm down after the mites are dead. ...Read more

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Can you use permethrin more than twice?

See below: Permethrin can be used more than twice but 2 treatments 1 week apart are almost always curative. The itching can persist beyond the end of treatment despite cure. This is treated with calamine lotion or solarcaine for symptomatic relief until it resolves. ...Read more

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What is the typical dosage of permethrin?

What is the typical dosage of permethrin?

1 oz: Apply to entire body from neck down and leave on overnight. Repeat in one week if necessary. Strip sheets and pillow case in morning and wash linens in hot water to kill mites. Also treat everyone else in house even they are symptomatic. Always check if dog or cat is source. ...Read more

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How much does permethrin 5% typically cost?

$15-$25: A small to medium sized spray bottle of permethirn 5% sold at an outdoor store will typically cost $15-25. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Nix (Definition)

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