Skin Clinique (705) 669 1617 | Dermatology (705) 669 0002
336 Pine Street Suite 400, Sudbury, ON P3C 1X8

Scabies Treatment

Scabies is a curable disease. The following instructions must be followed exactly.

  • Kwellada-P (Permethrin) 5% Lotion, or Nix-Permethrin 5% Dermal Cream applied to the dry skin from your neck to your feet inclusive. Be especially sure to get between the fingers and toes, and on the wrists, elbows, arm pits, breasts, and arms. There may be a temporary burning or stinging sensation after application of the cream.
  • All close contacts (persons living in the same house, boyfriend/girlfriend) must treat at exactly the same time, even if they have no itch or rash.
  • Leave the medication on the skin for 12 hours. Reapply the medication if any area of skin is washed during this period. (e.g., the hands)
  • Wash all clothes, sheets, pillow cases and towels that have been in contact with the skin of those treated within the previous 10 days. Use hot soapy water.
  • Wash counter-tops and tables with hot soapy water.
  • Set aside any gloves, clothing or stuffed animals for 10 days if they cannot be washed.
  • The itch may take 2 to 3 weeks to go away completely. Excess treatment may irritate the skin or be toxic. If the itch persists beyond 10 days or if new lesions are developing repeat the treatment only once after 10 days. Some physicians will ask you to do a second treatment after 7 days.
  • Do not take this medication internally.
  • Children less than two years of age may be treated by an alternate method using Sulfur Ointment for three consecutive nights to the whole body including the scalp.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers should specifically discuss therapy with the physician. Permethrin appears to be safe during pregnancy but it is not known with certainty. It may be necessary to withhold nursing for a few days after treatment with Permethrin.