Permethrin Use 5%

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Morning doc, I want to ask, my 1.5-year-old child has symptoms of scabies, is it okay to use a 5% permethrin ointment? If possible, what is the recommended dose? Or are there other recommended ointments? Thank you doctor

1 Answer:

Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Permethrin is a drug used to treat parasitic infections of the skin. These drugs are generally in the form of topical or ointment, and can be used to treat head lice, scabies or scabies.


Regarding your question, this medicine may be used for anyone starting from more than 2 months of age, so it is certainly safe for children aged 1.5 years. It's just that, most of these generic permethrin-containing drugs are hard drugs and prescription drugs, which are marked with a red circle on the packaging, so even if they can be used, it would be far better if you first consult your child to a dermatologist. Moreover, the symptoms that your child experiences even though they are similar to the symptoms of scabies, may not necessarily be scabies as long as it has not been examined by a doctor. It could be that it is a fungal infection or an allergy, which is certainly different in handling with scabies. So once again, you should check your child to a dermatologist first, or at least to a general practitioner.


In the meantime, make sure your child is always clean and so is your home environment, cold compresses on the assembled part, and make sure your child's nails are always short so he doesn't hurt himself when he scratches. So, hopefully answering your question.

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