Why arent they going away? I have done everything....

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I don't know what to do? My 6 year old was diagnosed 5 days ago after about a week of the doctor not knowing what it was, and telling us to wait it out. Then we were given Permethrin, I treated all 3 of my young children with it, as well as my self, Washed ALL bedding, sheets, pillows, clothes, socks, hats, mittens, everything in Bleach and Hot water. then Hot dryer, I bagged up all stuffed animals, vaccume every night, I tried a bleach bath last night, 1/4-1/2 cup of bleach in a full tub of hot water, for like an hour...thought for sure this would help......then woke up and today, little pinches and itches all over my body. No rash though, just little crawlie feelings.... My daughter started itching today too.... I dont know what else to do, I have to go to work, and my kids have school, I dont want them to infect anyone, even though I am pretty sure that is where my daughter caught is...she is always hugging the girls in her class....HELP!!!!! any advice? Recovery stories? What to do with young children.....I am going to do another permethrin 5 treatment tonight....I am going crazy with all the laundry and constant bleaching I am doing, and the worst part is, I have been using bleach to wipe down the mattresses , dressers, toys etc...in the kids rooms, and my hands have a few little bumps...How are they not dieing.???? :evil: :evil: :evil:

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    I'm going through a similar time with my family at present so I thought I'd check this forum and found your old post. I know it was years ago now and you have hopefully forgotten about the nightmare now and I'm sorry to bring up old memories of such an awful period in your life, but I'm hoping you can tell me how you got over it in the end and what worked.
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    First things first - two applications 1 week apart must be done to ensure eradication. Secondly, residual itching DOES NOT mean treatment failure. Itchy symptoms can persist for 2-3 weeks after application whilst any allergenic material from the mite is cleared. If the itching persists after this, please visit your GP again as a second course may be indicated. In the meantime, you can try products such as Eurax cream or calamine lotion for itch relief.

    Tarun (pharmacist)

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    Thank you very much for your reply, Tarun. One application has been applied last week and itching persists, but as you said, that's not an indication of the problem persisting. On your advice, I'll arrange for a second round tomorrow and wait a few weeks to see. It's a shame there's no way of knowing sooner. rolleyes Emma xx
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    Pemethrin just didn't work on me at all - I tried it for a lot longer than the Doctor recommended with no real results.

    After lots of research & trial & error I stumbled on a procedure that totally worked for me - but not sure about trying it on children. Here you go:

    Fill a jam jar with very hot but not boiling water & screw on the lid. Wrap a tea-towel around it & then get someone to hold the side of the hot jar on your scabies sites for as long as you can bear - AT LEAST 10 minutes.... & yes, it is uncomfortable - I did it for 15-20 mins.

    Then apply Hydrogen Peroxide - try to get the strongest that you can from the chemists (between 3-12%). Get a cotton bud & trace the tracks of the burrows - really scrub the peroxide into the scabies tracks.

    The heat will eventually kill the adults & the HP will break down their burrows/tracks; you will notice that the skin will go white which means that it is dying. This procedure is not pleasant but if done properly & regularly it really works - I had almost given up hope til I tried this.

    Remember that the eggs will hatch after about 7 days (I think) so to be on the safe side do this everyday for 2 weeks.

    FYI - I sustained no scarring from this procedure.

    Good Luck!!

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    hello. I hope you get this reply. if you have done the perith. treatment twice seven days apart then sea salt and sulfur soap is your next new love. do four one hour sea salt baths four days in a row. use natural sea salt and order the sulfurr soap 10 percent scabies soap off the internet. I promise you this will help. and also continue once a week washing bedding and vac everyday. hope this helps
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