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Scabies

Scabies - How to prevent?

Scabies - Treatments

Topical therapies are the most commonly used treatment options for scabies.

Topical permethrin cream: Safe for use above one month of age. Apply and leave on overnight, before washing off. For infants less than a year old, apply to the whole body including the scalp. In older children and adults, apply from the neck down. Repeat treatment one week later.

Topical malathion lotion: Safe for use above one year of age. Apply from neck down, leave on for 24 hours, before washing off. Treatment is recommended for two consecutive days. Repeat treatment one week later.

Topical benzyl benzoate: Not recommended for children younger than two years of age. Apply and leave on for 24 hours, before washing off. Apply for three consecutive days. Can be used in pregnant women.

Oral ivermectin: This may be given for severely affected patients who do not clear with other forms of treatment.

All close contacts and members of the household (including helpers and grandparents) need to be treated with the abovementioned treatment to minimise re-infection. Bed sheets, linen and clothing require thorough cleaning, preferably in a washing machine.

Scabies - Preparing for surgery

Scabies - Post-surgery care

Scabies - Other Information

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