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Acticin Cream, generically sold as Permethrin cream, belongs to a class of drugs called pyrethrins. Acticin cream is used to treat scabies. Scabies would be considered a skin condition in which the skin is infested with microscopic mites, also known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. They reproduce by laying eggs after burrowing into your skin, and can live for months on end. They typically leave itchy red rashes (caused when reproduction occurs) and can spread to others during any kind of skin-to-skin touching. These rashes usually appear the same way pimples do; pink, raised bumps filled with fluid. Often times they appear in a row. In some cases, they leave behind little grey lines along with the red bumps. Permethrin works by paralyzing the mites and their eggs, which ends up killing them. We have both the brand name (Acticin) and the generic (Permethrin) cream available in 20g, 60g and 90g bottles, all containing a strength of 5%.
Children and adults are able to use this product the same as follows or as directed by your doctor;
Massage the cream into the skin from your head to toe. In adults, it is less common for mites to burrow in the head, but for adolescence, children, and elderly patients, it is likely the neck and hairline will be infested.
30G is usually enough for an average adult.
Remove the cream after 6 – 14 hours by taking a shower or bath. 1 use is typically enough to exterminate all of the mites.
Store in room temperature.
Test cream on small patch of skin before use. Doing this will save you a lot of discomfort if you end up having hypersensitivity, discontinue use if such occurs.
This cream may worsen prurtis, edema and erythema.
A study shows that this cream does not show fetal harm when used on rats, mice or rabbits, however it has not been proven yet whether the effects are the same on humans.
There are no studies that show whether it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to use.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had skin infections or asthma.
After the treatment, it is likely one will continue to experience an itchy sculpt, this does not neccessarily indicate that the treatment did not work or needs to be re-done, it is simply a possible after effect of this cream.
Skin irritation such as itching, swelling, and redness
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug can occur though it is rare. If you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash, severe swelling of the face, severe dizziness and trouble breathing) seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Some side effects may not be listed as side effects for this cream are not common and only show in a small amount of users.
Is this cream dangerous at all?
It is not dangerous to humans. It contains a low mammalian toxicity which means it is poorly absorbed through skin, and is not known to rapidly harm mammals or birds. It is, however, extremely toxic to cats and fish.
Will Acticin help relieve the itch?
In the long run, yes, by exterminating the mites. It will not help immediately though, as the itch will likely continue through the treatment up until 1-2 weeks after treatment.
How do I know if the mites are gone if I continue to itch even after treatment?
Wait 14 days, if you are still itchy, it is likely you still have mites and may need retreatment. Have someone help you examine your body to help discover if there are any living mites still on your body.
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