Safety of topical medications for scabies and lice in pregnancy

Viral Patel, W. Lambert, Robert Schwartz

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Medications should be employed with caution in women of childbearing age. Topical medications have little systemic absorption. Therefore, they are considered safer than oral or parenteral agents and less likely to be embryotoxic or fetotoxic. However, their safety profile must be assessed cautiously as the available data are limited. In this article, we aggregate human and animal studies to provide recommendations on using topical anti-scabies and anti-lice therapy in pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-587
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


  • Ivermectin
  • lice
  • permethrin
  • pregnancy
  • scabies

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