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A clean, rapid and nonirritating treatment for scabies and pediculosis pubis, consisting of application of benzyl benzoate, has frequently been reported on. It is our purpose to report on a method of using and the effectiveness of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) with or without benzyl benzoate in the treatment of scabies, larva migrans and pediculosis pubis. A formula containing the two active ingredients was recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine. One of the modified formulas which we employed was as follows:
This concentrate is diluted with 5 parts of water. Eight patients with scabies were treated with the emulsion containing the DDT and benzyl benzoate. The medicament was applied over the entire body, except the scalp and face, with the hand, gauze or a 2 inch (5
FRANKS AG, DOBES WL. DDT IN THE TREATMENT OF SCABIES, LARVA MIGRANS AND PEDICULOSIS PUBIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(4):381–382. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510330079008
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