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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Scabies

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for scabies?

Yes: Scabies is treated with a topical over the counter scabicide such as 5% Permethrin (nix, actin, elimite). 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. After your first Permethrin treatment is completed you can try some calamine lotion and some solarcaine as itching may persist. ...Read more

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Scabies (Definition)

Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has ...Read more


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What over-the-counter medicine can be used for treatment of scabies for body and furniture? What do they look like on your skin?

What over-the-counter medicine can be used for treatment of scabies for body and furniture? What do they look like on your skin?

There are none: Scabies mites cannot be killed by over-the-counter meds. Prescriptions include: Permethrin cream 5%, crotamiton 10%, lindane 1%, sulfur ointment 5-10%, and oral ivernectin pills (off-label). The mites burrow under the skin, and look like small red raised bumps. Clothing and bedding from 2-3da before treatment should be washer in hot soapy water, dried in hot drier; or placed in airtight bag x 7da. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are over-the-counter treatments for scabies?

Could you tell me what are over-the-counter treatments for scabies?

Prescription needed: The treatment is generally a prescription cream called Permethrin - which should be used according to the directions and everyone in the household (over 2months old) should be treated! ...Read more

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Is permetherin avaiable over-the-counter ? Looking for over-the-counter treatments for scabies.

Nix, (permethrin) : Nix, which is used to treat head lice, contains permethrin. But, it is a creme rinse for the hair and not the same percentage as that which has been shown to work for scabies so i would recommend you see a dermatologist for Elimite cream. Read more about scabies, see a sample picture, and treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter scabies mites killers?

Prescription meds: Med prescribed by health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, & crotamiton. ...Read more

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Is there over-the-counter treament for scabies itching every where.

Is there over-the-counter treament for scabies itching every where.

Permetherin : Permetherin is the medication used to treat scabies. There is a pill that can treat it also. It's possible that you don't have scabies, however, my suggestion is that you be seen by a medical professional, preferably a dermatologist to see why you are itching and if there are scabies mites that they can see under the microscope. Scabies typically shows up on the creases of the wrists, between the fingers and in the skin folds. Many times when someone has scabies, there are multiple other close contacts affected. ...Read more

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Is there something I can buy over-the-counter for scabies?

Relief, not cure: Over the counter medicines like anti-itching cream and antihistamine pills help you feel better but do not kill scabies. Scabie-killing medicine us still prescription. Hope those helps. ...Read more

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