Hesham M Ahmad
ScientificTracks Abstracts-Workshop: J Clin Exp Dermatol Res
Many medications are available for treatment of scabies and pediculosis capitis including ivermectin. We compared the efficacy and safety of topical versus oral ivermectin in treatment of scabies and pediculosis capitis. A total of 62 patients with uncomplicated scabies and 62 patients with head lice infestation were included. Each group was further subdivided into: Group I received single topical application of 1% ivermectin and Group II received single dose of oral ivermectin. Treatment was repeated after one week for non responders and patients were evaluated weekly for 4 weeks. The clinical responses as well as side effects were reported weekly. The results of this study show that both topical and oral ivermectin demonstrate high efficacy and tolerability in treatment of scabies and pediculosis capitis. However, a single treatment of pediculosis capitis with topical ivermectin provides significantly higher cure of infestation and faster relief of pruritus than oral ivermectin. In addition, whether topical or oral ivermectin is used to treat scabies or head lice, a second dose is required in some cases to ensure complete eradication.
Hesham M Ahmad has completed his M.D. at the age of 25years and Ph.D. at the age of 32 years from Minia University, Minia, Egypt. He did his postdoctoral studies at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He is the clinical director of Cocoon Medical Centre, Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., a Dermatology and Aesthetic centre. He is also an assistant professor at Department of Dermatology at Minia University Hospital, Minia, Egypt. He has published more than 20 papers in reputed journals.