Elimite (Generic: Permethrin) is an off-white, vanishing base cream that is a scabicide. One gram of it usually contains 50 mgs of permethrin (5%).
How It Works
Sarcoptes scabiei (or scabies), is a condition that causes infestation and irritation on your skin. This condition is caused by small insects known as mites. A class of drugs called Pyrethrins can be used to treat this and Permethrin, belongs to the same class. When medication is prescribed it needs to be applied to the skin as soon as possible. The cream then, paralyzes and kills the mites and their eggs.
Elimite is a ‘use on skin only’ medication that will generally cure the scabies condition in one application itself. Use it under the direction of the doctor until the condition is cured.
When applying the prescribed dosage make sure to thoroughly massage Elimite into the skin from the head to the soles of the feet as well as under the nails and in skin folds.
Although the scalp of an adult getting infected by scabies is rare, infants might get infested in areas such as hairline, neck, temple and forehead. After 8 to 14 hours, the cream should be removed by showering or taking a bath.
30 grams is usually enough for an adult but make sure to avoid getting it into your eyes, nose or mouth. Flush with plenty of water, if the medication gets in your eyes and if the irritation continues consult a doctor.
Severe allergic reactions to this medication are rare. But in the case of the following symptoms, immediate medical attention should be provided.
Any allergic reactions: Itching, swelling of the face/tongue/throat, rashes
Less serious side effects may include:
Mild burning, stinging or redness
Itching or mild skin rash
Numbness or tingling where the cream is applied.
All the side effects are not mentioned here and other side effects may also occur. If they continue to persist get medical advice from a doctor.
Before using permethrin, your doctor, physician or pharmacist should be informed if there is a potential risk of getting any allergies due to its usage. Also they should be informed if you have any other allergies or if your medical history includes conditions such as skin infections or asthma.
If applying Elimite leads to forceful scratching of skin/scalp, it might lead to a bacterial infection of the skin as well. If worsening redness or pus is developed you need to seek your doctor’s advice right away.
The cream may also interact with other medicines that you are taking so before starting, stopping or changing the dose of any medicine that you are using, make sure to get advice from your health care provider.
If you are pregnant, you should inform you doctor about it before using this medication.
In the case of nursing an infant, it is unlikely that it could cause any harm to him/her. But it is best to consult your doctor before breast-feeding as it is unknown if this drug passes into the breast milk.
Also do not share Elimite cream with any other people as it should only be used by the prescribed patient.