2009 Volume 119 Issue 9 Pages 1845-1850
We report 61 patients with scabies (the mean age of 56 years; ranging from 8 to 94), who were treated with oral ivermectin in our department. We studied its clinical efficacy and safety and concluded that cases with complications, positive findings of microscopic tests for eggs in the first medical examination at our clinic, or systemically administered steroids tended to require oral ivermectin more than twice and to require an extended term for successful treatment. Twelve patients (19.7% of the study) were cured with only oral ivermectin. No remarkable side effects were observed in our patients. Oral ivermectin is considered to be simple and useful for treatment of scabies, but recurrent cases can arise even after two administrations of ivermectin. We should follow patients with microscopic tests and watch for a serial recurrence of scabies.