Scabies Itching

How long after scabies treatment does the itching persist? I have taken 2 tablets of oral ivermectin and three applications of permethrin 5% cream over the past three weeks. Most of the itching has gone but mild itching is present through the day, sometimes increasing in the evening.
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Dr. Syed Rahil
6 yrs. of exp | Hyderabad | Dermatologist
Greetings! thanks for the query. Itching can persists up to 4-6 weeks even after successful treatment of scabies. You can use Crotamiton cream/ lotion (e.g Crotarax) to relieve the symptoms. You must use this atleast 2-3 times per day for full benefit. You can also take antihistamine tablet like "Chlorpheniramine" at night which will improve itching as well as help you with sleep (as it is sedative antihistamine).
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Please contact your dermatologist for reassessment if problem still persists.
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