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Lyclear is a medication used to treat infestations of crab lice and scabies on the body. It contains the active ingredient permethrin, which kills mites and lice. After the mites and lice are killed, other symptoms such as rash and itching will also clear up.
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What is Lyclear?

Lyclear cream is used to treat infestations of crab lice and scabies on the body. It is designed to be used on the skin and shouldn’t be used internally or on broken skin.

How does Lyclear work?

Lyclear dermal cream contains the active ingredient permethrin which kills mites and lice. When the scabies mites or genital lice are dead, the other symptoms such as itching and rash will also clear up.

How do you use Lyclear?

Always use Lyclear as directed by your doctor or pharmacist and read the patient information leaflet fully before applying this cream. Children aged 23 months and below should only be treated with Lyclear on the advice of a doctor.

This treatment is applied to the whole body from the neck down, including the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. For children and the elderly, the cream should also be applied to the face (carefully avoiding the eye area), ears and scalp.

Make sure the cream is on the skin for at least 8 hours, then take a shower to wash it off. Ideally, apply the cream before going to bed and then take a shower first thing in the morning.  

The amount of permethrin cream shown below is a guide, so it’s fine to use more if you require it in order to cover your whole body.

To treat scabies:

  • For adults and children over the age of 12, apply up to 30g of cream (one whole 30g tube)
  • For children aged 6-12 years, apply up to 15g of cream (half of a 30g tube)
  • For children aged 2 months-5 years, apply up to 7.5 g of cream (one quarter of a 30g tube)

To treat pubic lice, adults over the age of 18 should apply up to 30g of cream (one whole 30g tube). If you have lice in your beard or moustache, cream should be applied here too.

How effective is Lyclear?

Lyclear is a clinically proven scabies cream and pubic lice treatment. One application of the cream is usually enough.

To prevent reinfection, ensure your sexual partner is also treated.

What are the main side effects of Lyclear?

Like all medicines, Lyclear can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Lyclear are:

  1. Itching
  2. Reddening of the skin
  3. Unusual sensations of the skin such as tingling, prickling and burning

For a list of further side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.

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Dosage Instructions Please see medicine label for the dosage instructions.