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How do medications treat scabies?

Medication used for treatment of scabies includes permethrin (5 percent), lindane, crotamiton, and ivermectin. Permethrin is safe for children, pregnant and nursing women, and adults. After the first application, you should wait a week, then apply another treatment. It kills scabies with chemicals. Lindane can only be used with healthy adults and cannot be used with women who are pregnant or nursing or in children under the age of two; it works like permethrin. Crotamiton is applied for about 5 days, once a day. Ivermectin is administered orally for people with weak immune systems or those who don't respond to regular medication.

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