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Can you use Nix Permethrin lice shampoo on your body as a lotion to kill Scabies?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 15, 2018.

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Yes, the shampoo contains the active ingredient permethrin which can be used to treat scabies. Here are the instructions for scabies which is from the Nix-Lice-Treatment link below:

"To treat scabies:
Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Apply a thin layer of permethrin topical to all body parts from the neck down to the soles of the feet. Rub in completely. Leave the medication on for 8 to 14 hours, then wash it off completely.
Avoid applying close to the eyes, nose, mouth, or genitals.
If your condition does not clear up within 14 days after applying permethrin topical, use another application."

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