Q. What is the treatment for scabies?

Answered by
Dr. Kakkar
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 29, 2019 and last reviewed on: Oct 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 40-year-old, suffering from scabies from a week. I have two kids, a wife, and a cat, and they keep on itching themselves continuously. Please suggest treatment.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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You may have acquired animal scabies. I would suggest a single whole-body application of 5 % Permethrin cream from the neck downwards to the whole body, kept overnight for eight hours, followed by bath the next day. An OTC oral antihistamine, e.g. Cetirizine 10 mg once daily, will provide symptomatic relief from itching. Kids can take syrup Alerid (5mg/5ml) 1 tablespoon daily (Cetirizine). All the close contacts should be treated simultaneously in the same manner.

Clothing, sheets, etc., should be washed thoroughly with hot water to prevent re-infection from clothing. For the cat, you may dissolve one tablet of Ivermectol 12 mg in milk and feed her.


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