Lice & Scabies

Over-the-counter medicine for scabies and lice offers targeted treatment for these parasitic infestations. Scabies medication aims to eradicate the mites responsible for skin itching and rashes, while lice medication focuses on eliminating the insects and their eggs from the scalp. Read More…

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    • About The Condition: Lice & Scabies

      Lice and scabies are common parasitic infestations that affect the skin and scalp. Lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp and feed on human blood, leading to itching and discomfort. Scabies, on the other hand, is caused by microscopic mites that burrow into the skin, causing intense itching and a rash. Both conditions are highly contagious and can spread through close physical contact or sharing personal items. It’s important to address these infestations promptly with effective treatments to alleviate symptoms and prevent the spread to others.

    • Symptoms of Lice & Scabies

      The symptoms of lice infestation include itching of the scalp, visible lice or nits (lice eggs) on hair strands, and red bumps on the scalp. Scabies is characterised by intense itching, especially at night, and a pimple-like rash. Over-the-counter medicines like lice shampoos and scabies creams can help alleviate symptoms. They work by killing the parasites and their eggs, providing relief from itching and preventing further spread. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully for effective treatment.

    • Diagnosis

      Lice infestation is diagnosed by examining the scalp for live lice or nits (lice eggs). Scabies is diagnosed through a physical examination of the skin for signs of mites, such as burrows or a rash. In some cases, a skin scraping may be performed to confirm the presence of mites under a microscope. If you suspect lice or scabies, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

    • Treatment Options

      For a more in-depth look at lice and scabies treatment with over-the-counter medicines, consider the following options available at My Pharmacy:

      Permethrin Cream: A topical treatment effective against scabies mites, applied to the entire body from the neck down.
      Lyclear Dermal Cream: Another option for scabies, containing permethrin to kill mites and their eggs, applied similarly to the whole body.
      ● Lyclear Treatment Shampoo & Comb: Specifically designed for head lice, this shampoo is used to wash the hair and scalp, followed by combing out dead lice and eggs.

      It’s essential to follow the specific instructions provided with each product for effective treatment.

    • Prevention Strategies

      To prevent lice and scabies, consider the following tips:

      ● Avoid close contact with someone who has lice or scabies.
      ● Do not share personal items like hats, combs, or bedding.
      ● Wash and dry clothing and bedding at high temperatures if exposed to lice or scabies.
      ● Keep your living environment clean and vacuum regularly.