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How long does it take to fully get rid of scabies?
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 1-2 applications of
Elimite (permethrin) should kill the mites in1-2 appplications.
However itching can persist from a reaction to the dead mites and it is advisable to treatthe symptoms with topical or rarely oral steroids. If symptoms persist beyond thecsecond application, oral medication such as Ivermectin may be necessary for resistant cases.

In brief: 1-2 applications of
Elimite (permethrin) should kill the mites in1-2 appplications.
However itching can persist from a reaction to the dead mites and it is advisable to treatthe symptoms with topical or rarely oral steroids. If symptoms persist beyond thecsecond application, oral medication such as Ivermectin may be necessary for resistant cases.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 2 weeks
If treatment is correct and effective, two weeks are enough.

In brief: 2 weeks
If treatment is correct and effective, two weeks are enough.
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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