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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
There are effective lotions, creams and shampoos (i.e. Kwellada, Nix) that your physician may prescribe (follow the instructions carefully). It is important to change into clean clothes immediately after your treatment in order to avoid recontamination. Contaminated clothing, bedding and towels/toiletries must be washed for at least 20 minutes at 55 degree Celsius (see alternative eradication approaches below). This is crucial in preventing recontamination! It is often recommended to repeat the treatment 7 days after the initial product application. This is to ensure that treatment resistant eggs laid on the day of application be destroyed upon hatching – and thereby avoid a second cycle of infection. No product is 100% effective at eliminating non-hatched eggs. It is not necessary to shave all body hair! Several aerosol products are available and may be used to treat contaminated objects that are not amenable to washing in hot water (sofas, carpets, mattresses and toiletry articles, etc.). If you are pregnant and infested, consult your physician to select a safe and appropriate treatment.
It is quite normal for the itchiness to persist for several days after an effective treatment. Nonetheless, if your symptoms persist for more than one month following treatment, it would be prudent to consult your physician.