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Suggest treatment for scabies infection

Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? i have symptoms of scabies infestation since sunday. small bumps on face, hand, body, legs, inner thighs, scrotum.



used dettol, hyd peroxide to clean up. still feels itching

what is the immediate treatement i should do
Mon, 19 Oct 2015
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Hi & Welcome.
I can understand your concern.

The most common treatment for scabies involves the use of
5% permethrin cream or 25% benzyl benzoate lotion.

The cream or lotion should be applied to the skin of all of your body. Before you apply it, make sure your skin is cool and dry. Don't apply it after having a hot bath. Clean clothing should be worn after treatment.

Skin sores that become infected should be treated with an appropriate antibiotic prescribed by a doctor. For the treatment of itching oral antihistamine like Levocetrizine can be taken.

Bedding, clothing, and towels used should be decontaminated boiling in hot water or by dry-cleaning, or by sealing in a plastic bag for at least 72 hours.

Since this is a highly contagious disease, all members of your family including recent sexual partners if any should be treated at the same time as you, even if they don't have any symptoms.

Repeat the treatment process 7 days after the first application to ensure it's successful. The second application will ensure any mites hatched from existing eggs are killed.

Because the symptoms of scabies are due to an allergic reaction to mites and their feces, itching still may continue for several weeks after treatment even if all the mites and eggs are killed. If itching still is present more than 2 to 4 weeks after treatment or if new burrows or pimple-like rash lesions continue to appear, retreatment may be necessary.

Hope the suggestion given above could be useful in getting the treatment prescribed by your doctor.

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Suggest treatment for scabies infection

Hi & Welcome. I can understand your concern. The most common treatment for scabies involves the use of 5% permethrin cream or 25% benzyl benzoate lotion. The cream or lotion should be applied to the skin of all of your body. Before you apply it, make sure your skin is cool and dry. Don t apply it after having a hot bath. Clean clothing should be worn after treatment. Skin sores that become infected should be treated with an appropriate antibiotic prescribed by a doctor. For the treatment of itching oral antihistamine like Levocetrizine can be taken. Bedding, clothing, and towels used should be decontaminated boiling in hot water or by dry-cleaning, or by sealing in a plastic bag for at least 72 hours. Since this is a highly contagious disease, all members of your family including recent sexual partners if any should be treated at the same time as you, even if they don t have any symptoms. Repeat the treatment process 7 days after the first application to ensure it s successful. The second application will ensure any mites hatched from existing eggs are killed. Because the symptoms of scabies are due to an allergic reaction to mites and their feces, itching still may continue for several weeks after treatment even if all the mites and eggs are killed. If itching still is present more than 2 to 4 weeks after treatment or if new burrows or pimple-like rash lesions continue to appear, retreatment may be necessary. Hope the suggestion given above could be useful in getting the treatment prescribed by your doctor.