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What is Permethrin cream prescribed for?

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Posted on Mon, 29 Dec 2014
Question: what is permethrin cream 5% for? I just found a rx for my 16 year old son and his girlfriend.
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Permethrin Cream 5% for Scabies

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXX,
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
Permethrin Cream 5% is an over the counter medication used to treat a condition called scabies which is a skin infection caused by mites. There is intense itching in this condition, especially in the creases of groin, armpits and fingers.

The cream is applied on skin over the body for 8 to 12 hours and then the person must take bath and change in to clean clothes. This medication kills the mites and treats the infection.

It would help to know if your son or his girlfriend has scabies and help them take treatment for it.

Hope this answers your question. Please feel free to correct any oversight in my interpretation of your problems and discuss them in detail as per your requirements.

Hope your query is answered.
Do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Dr.Vivek
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What is Permethrin cream prescribed for?

Brief Answer: Permethrin Cream 5% for Scabies Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXX, Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. Permethrin Cream 5% is an over the counter medication used to treat a condition called scabies which is a skin infection caused by mites. There is intense itching in this condition, especially in the creases of groin, armpits and fingers. The cream is applied on skin over the body for 8 to 12 hours and then the person must take bath and change in to clean clothes. This medication kills the mites and treats the infection. It would help to know if your son or his girlfriend has scabies and help them take treatment for it. Hope this answers your question. Please feel free to correct any oversight in my interpretation of your problems and discuss them in detail as per your requirements. Hope your query is answered. Do write back if you have any doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek