Permethrin cream is used to treat scabies (mites that penetrate the skin) in adults and children 2 months of age or older. It is transmitted by close personal contact, although it can live outside the human body for 3 days and be transmitted by fomites. It is also considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Permethrin belongs to a class of medications called scabicides and pediculicides. It works by killing lice and mites.
Permethrin cream 5% medical grade is the first line of treatment for Scabies according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When to use Elimite (Permethrin) Cream 5%
Permethrin is used to treat scabies (”mites” that attach to the skin) in adults and children 2 months of age or older. Over-the-counter permethrin is used to treat head lice (small insects that attach to the skin of the head) in adults and children 2 months of age or older. Permethrin belongs to a class of medications called scabicides and pediculicides. It works by killing lice and mites.
Scabies common symptoms
- You have intense itching that usually gets worse at bedtime.
- Small, fine, wavy lines on the skin with a tiny insect on the end (a burrow).
- Lesion appears in the webs of the fingers and toes, wrists, elbows, armpits, belt line, lower buttocks, female nipples, or male genitals.
Because allergic reactions to drugs or other substances can cause a similar rash to scabies, so you shouldn’t diagnose the infestation on your own. It’s important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and for fast and effective treatment.
How should Permethrin Cream 5% be used?
Permethrin comes in a cream or lotion for external use only. Permethrin cream is usually one time treatment, but sometimes you will need a second treatment. If you see live mites two weeks after the first treatment with permethrin cream, then apply a second treatment.
Topical permethrin is only applied to the hair and scalp. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, or vagina. Do not use permethrin on eyebrows or eyelashes.
An effective treatment requires applying the cream or lotion from the neck to the feet, preferably at bedtime and letting it work for 8 to 14 hours. After that, you’ll wash your scab and put on clean clothes.
If permethrin comes in contact with your eyes, rinse them immediately with water. If the irritation persist, call your doctor or get medical help right away.
How to treat scabies at home
There are many reasons why people prefer to treat their conditions at home, from privacy and comfort to lack of time, for instance.
Unfortunately in the case of scabies, we will need a prescription to obtain permethrin cream.
Likewise, permethrin cream, there are other medications you may use to eliminate scabies, such as benzyl benzuate and ivermectin tablets, used in immunocompromised patients or patients with infested scabs (Norwegian scabies).
We do not recommend the use of Lindane. Although lindane is effective against head lice, it has little efficacy against scabies.
DO NOT APPLY ANY PRODUCT WHICH HAS NOT BEEN PRESCRIBED BY YOUR DOCTOR. CONCENTRATION OF PERMETHRIN SHOULD NOT EXCEED 5 %.