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Permethrin 5% Cream

  • Type

    cream

  • Consumption

    topical

  • Availability

    In Stock

  • Contains 5% Permethrin
  • Simple Skin Application
  • Fights Scabies Effectively
  • Treatment of Scabies/Crab lice
  • Works to Kill Scabies Mite

Permethrin 5% Cream

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Permethrin 5% is a cream is used to effectively treat infestations of scabies, pubic lice and crab lice on the body.

For more information about scabies and how it can effectively be treated, read our blog on scabies

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  • Overview

    What is Permethrin 5% Cream?

    Permethrin is a cream used in treating infestations of scabies, pubic lice and crab lice on the body. It contains the active ingredient permethrin, which works to kill the scabies mites. Generally, permethrin will be effective in controlling an infestation after just one application. To make sure your treatment is successful, read the advice on how to apply the cream carefully.

    The itching associated with scabies can continue for up to 4 weeks even after a successful application of permethrin Dermal Cream, as the dead mites and eggs are still attached to the skin. There is no need to reapply the cream within this period. You can relieve symptoms of the itch by applying itch relief creams or taking an antihistamine.

  • Further Information

    To help relieve the symptoms associated with scabies or lice, you can use an anti-histamine or anti-itch cream to relieve these symptoms if required. Examples include;

    These may be particularly useful even after permethrin use, as itching can continue for weeks after treatment. This does not necessarily mean you still have the mite.

    Please see this website for more information on Scabies.

  • FAQ

    • What is Permethrin 5% Cream?

      Permethrin is a cream used in treating infestations of scabies, pubic lice and crab lice on the body. It contains the active ingredient permethrin 5%, which works to kill the scabies mites. Generally, permethrin will be effective in controlling an infestation after just one application. To make sure your treatment is successful, read the advice on how to apply the cream carefully.

      The itching associated with scabies can continue for up to 4 weeks even after a successful application of permethrin Dermal Cream, as the dead mites and eggs are still attached to the skin. There is no need to reapply the cream within this period. You can relieve symptoms of the itch by applying itch relief creams or taking an antihistamine, however.

    • How Do I use Permethrin 5% Cream?

      For adults and children aged over 2, the cream should be applied across the whole body apart from the face and neck. Particular attention should be paid to your armpits, between fingers and toes, genital areas, buttocks and wrists. The cream should be left on overnight before washing.

      Children under the age of 2 should not use permethrin unless specifically prescribed by a doctor.

    • Is Permethrin 5% Cream Effective?

      Permethrin Cream 5% kills Scabies mites and is effective at ridding the body of scabies in around 90% of cases after the first application.

  • Side Effects

    Permethrin 5% Cream Side Effects

    Most people who use Permethrin Cream will not experience any side effects, however, if you do they may include:

    Burning or stinging of the skin (this is usually slight and passes quickly).

    Treatment of scabies may result in continued or increased irritation for a short while. This may show as redness or swelling of the skin, a rash or itching.

    You might find that the itching you have been experiencing with scabies continues for up to 4 weeks after treatment with Permethrin Cream. This is normal and caused by an allergic reaction to the dead scabies mites. It is not a sign that treatment has failed.

    If you do experience any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Info Leaflet

    Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. 

    These can be found on medicines.orgby typing them into the search bar.

  • Ingredients

    Permethrin 5% Cream Ingredients

    The active ingredient in Permethrin cream is permethrin 5% w/w.

    The cream also contains the following inactive ingredients: cetylstearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, macrogol cetostearyl ether, isopropylmyristate, benzyl alcohol and purified water.