Topical application of ivermectin for human ectoparasites

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1995
Authors:M. Y. Youssef, Sadaka, H. A., Eissa, M. M., el-Ariny, A. F.
Journal:American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Pagination:652 - 653
Date Published:1995
ISBN Number:0002-9637
Keywords:Administration, Topical, animals, humans, insecticide, Ivermectin/administration & dosage/therapeutic use, Lice Infestations/drug therapy, Pediculus, Sarcoptes scabiei, scabies

Ivermectin is used in veterinary practice against many ectoparasites and endoparasites and is the drug of choice for treatment of human onchocerciasis. This study was carried out to investigate the effect of topical application of this drug against human ectoparasites (Sarcoptes scabiei and Pediculus humanus capitis). Ivernectin was found to have a curative effect on head lice after a single topical application. In patients with scabies, the drug was also found to be effective after a single application. However, in 50% of the cases, another application was needed five days later.

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