Suppliers and references
for Scabies treatments & studies
Publications about Scabies and treatments
Permethrin and Ivermectin for Scabies
Wonderful, detailed description of treating all types of scabies in a variety of environments (from the outback to hospitals).
The New England Journal of Medicine, Bart J. Currie, F.R.A.C.P., and James S. McCarthy, F.R.A.C.P. (9 pages, pdf document)
Heathy Skin Program
Useful information on treating all types of scabies. Focuses on community control, but applies equally well to individuals or families.
Healthy Skin Program — Treating scabies among the aborigines in the Northern Territory, Australia (May 2010, 27 pages, pdf document)
Eurax lotion or cream is a soothing lotion that relieves itching and helps kills scabies mites. It contains 10% crotamiton. This was my favorite treatment for scabies. No side effects!
I used to buy Eurax from England on Amazon, but that listing has been removed. So many on-line medical stores are unreliable or sell bogus products. I would not trust anything from India or China…there is simply no controls over those vendors. And the stores who claim to be in Canada are pretty phony. Imagine buying something that takes 10 days to come and then it doesn't do anything!
I have found an on-line store in Australia where I oreded Benzemul (benzyl benzoate) and it appears to be the real thing, so I personally trust them. And I have had no complaints from anyone who has used my links and gone there to buy their products. I have no connection with this store except I have ordered from them.
When I ordered it took 9 or 10 days to arrive.
Click here to for links to this store and more information on Eurax (crotamiton).
Ivermectin is a prescription medication for humans. For animals it is sold over-the-counter. Click here for more information (sources and instructions and so forth).
If you print out and bring the Healthy SKin Program booklet with you to your doctor, they might agree to prescribe ivermectin pills for you. Page 14 has the most important information on permethrin, ivermectin and other meciations they use. My experience is that most dermatologists and doctors have a hard time recognizing scabies. And if they do, they treat ever case like a mild case and won't prescribe enough medication to treat a stubborn case. It's really frustrating when one expensive tube of permethrin cream doesn't cure you and then the doctor decides "Oh well, this can't be scabies." and then won't prescribe any more medication for scabies.
The scabies skin test is less than 50 percent reliable, so even that can only tell you if you do have it. Imagine, the average scabies case has 5 to 20 live mites on their body. A skin scraping tests less than a square inch. So a negative result doesn't tell you anything, except that little patch of skin didn't have any mites. But again, if you test negative, the doctor may ignore the possibility of scabies as a possible cause after that.
The trouble with scabies is that the itch is an allergic reaction to the mites by-products (saliva, poop, etc) so itching tells you where the mites have been, but it doesn't tell you where they are now.