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Does nix (permethrin) lice lotion kill scabies?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: Not always

Some sarcoptes scabiei (mite causing scabies) became resistant to nix (permethrin) and requires lindane treatment.

In brief: Not always

Some sarcoptes scabiei (mite causing scabies) became resistant to nix (permethrin) and requires lindane treatment.
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