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Permethrin cream is used in the treatment of infections caused by eggs, lice, and mites. It is an antiparasitic drug that belongs to the class of medications called pyrethroids. The cream is mainly used in the treatment of pediculosis and scabies. Pediculosis is the infestation of lice in the hairy parts of the body, especially the scalp. It occurs mostly in children above five years of age and is spread by head-to-contact. Scabies is a skin infection caused by mites. It is contagious and spreads from one person to another through physical contact.

Use the cream as per the prescribed dosage and duration given by the doctor. Complete the full course of the medicine to see the maximum results. Some people may experience side effects such as mild burning, stinging, or tingling at the site of application. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to the active ingredient used in the cream or similar medicines. The medicine is only for external applications hence, avoid getting the medicine in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. 

Directions for use 

The medication is for external application only. Use it as per the dosage and duration prescribed by the doctor. Carefully, read the label before using the medicine. Wash your hands before and after applying the cream. Clean and dry the affected area and generously apply the cream using your fingertips. In case the medication comes in contact with sensitive areas such as the eyes, nose, mouth, and vagina, immediately rinse it with water. 

Benefits of Permethrin Cream 

Permethrin cream is used in the treatment of scabies which is a condition caused by tiny insects called mites that infest and irritate your skin. The symptoms of scabies include an intense urge for itching which is usually the worst at night. Permethrin releases chemicals known as pyrethrins which act on the nervous system of the parasite. The cream inactivates the nerve membrane and paralyzes the insects, eventually killing them. It can also kill the nits and eggs of the insect.

Side Effects of Permethrin Cream

There are mild to moderate side effects of Permethrin cream that do not last for a long time. If your side effects persist or get severe with time, immediately contact your doctor. Usually, the side effects are individual in nature and depend on the health condition and response to the medicine. Stop using the medicine on noticing the following mentioned side effects: 

  • Stinging sensation
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Erythema (skin redness)
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Tingling

Precautions and Warnings 

  1. Avoid consuming alcohol as it might cause severe side effects. 
  1. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before using the Permethrin cream. 
  1. Do not suddenly stop using the cream and complete the full course of the medicine to see the maximum results. 
  1. Keep it out of reach of children and pets. Properly dispose of expired and discarded medicine. 
  1. In case of contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina, immediately rinse with water and contact with water. 
  1. Store the cream in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What if I overdose on Permethrin Cream?

If you overdose or use too much cream, rinse the area thoroughly with water. Reapply the medicine after drying the affected area. However, if you notice any abnormal signs or symptoms after using the cream, immediately contact your doctor.

  1. How does Permethrin Cream work?

 Permethrin is an antiparasitic drug that kills small insects (mites) and their eggs that cause scabies. It also destroys head lice, which stick to your scalp and cause irritation, and poses a threat to infect other people as well. 


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