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How long does Ivermectin (Stromectol) take to work for scabies?

Ivermectin (Stromectol) is a widely used and effective treatment for scabies, a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites burrowing into the skin. The time it takes for ivermectin to work and provide relief from scabies symptoms can vary depending on several factors.

Most people begin to experience relief from intense itching and skin irritation within a few days of taking ivermectin. However, it's important to note that the medication doesn't kill the mites immediately. Ivermectin works by paralyzing and eventually killing the mites, as well as eliminating their eggs. This process can take several days to weeks, during which time the existing mites and eggs may continue to cause symptoms until they are completely eliminated from the body.

Some individuals may notice a significant improvement within the first week of treatment, it's crucial to follow the prescribed dosage regimen and any additional instructions provided by healthcare professionals. In many cases, a second dose of ivermectin is recommended after one or two weeks to ensure that any remaining mites or newly hatched eggs are effectively eliminated. Proper hygiene measures, such as washing bedding and clothing in hot water and vacuuming living areas, can also help prevent reinfestation and expedite the recovery process.

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