Elimite, also known as Permethrin, is a prescription medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as pyrethrins. It is primarily used to treat scabies, a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites. Elimite works by paralyzing and killing the mites and their eggs.
This medication comes in the form of a cream and should only be used topically. It is available with a prescription and should only be used as directed by a healthcare professional. Elimite is not suitable for everyone, and it is important to discuss your medical history and any current medications with your doctor before using this medication to minimize the risk of side effects or negative reactions.
When Not to Take Elimite
Elimite should not be used if you are allergic to permethrin or any other ingredients in the medication. It is also not recommended for infants younger than 2 months old.
It is important to inform your doctor or pharmacist about any existing medical conditions you have, especially asthma or any other respiratory problems. They may need to adjust the dosage or monitor your condition more closely during treatment.
Managing Side Effects
Common side effects of Elimite include mild itching, stinging, redness, and mild burning at the site of application. These side effects are usually temporary and should subside within a few hours or days.
If you experience severe side effects such as severe itching, swelling, rash, or trouble breathing, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms could indicate an allergic reaction or a more serious skin condition.
It is important to follow the provided instructions for application and to avoid applying Elimite to broken, sunburned, or irritated skin, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
How to Use
Before applying Elimite, wash and dry the affected area(s) thoroughly. Massage the cream gently into the skin from the neck to the soles of the feet. It is important to cover the entire surface of the body, paying extra attention to areas such as the webbing between the fingers and toes, wrists, and armpits.
Leave the cream on for 8 to 14 hours before washing it off. It is recommended to apply Elimite before bedtime and wash it off in the morning.
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
An overdose of Elimite is unlikely to occur through topical use. However, if the cream is ingested, contact a poison control center or seek emergency medical attention immediately.
There are currently no known significant drug interactions associated with Elimite. However, it is always important to inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products.
If you are using any other topical medications or creams, consult with your healthcare professional before using Elimite to ensure compatibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does it take for Elimite to work?
A: Elimite typically starts working immediately after application, but it may take a few days for the symptoms to fully subside. If the condition persists or worsens after two weeks, consult your doctor.
Q: Can Elimite be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
A: It is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before using Elimite during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. They can help determine the appropriate course of action based on your specific circumstances.
Q: Can I share my Elimite cream with others?
A: No, Elimite should not be shared with others. Each individual should have their own prescribed treatment to avoid spreading scabies or other potential infections.
Q: Can I apply Elimite to my face or scalp?
A: Elimite cream is intended for external use only and should not be applied to the face or scalp. Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional.
Q: Is it normal for itching to persist after using Elimite?
A: Mild itching may persist for up to several weeks after successful treatment with Elimite. This is a common phenomenon and usually indicates healing. However, if severe itching persists or worsens, consult your doctor.