The research pooled data from 20 trials, with a total number of 2,392 participants across the world.
Findings showed that where it was possible to compare outcome, permethrin had lower or identical success rates than other treatments.
Permethrin had a lower failure rate than ivermectin and crotamiton. It was also better for treatment of itch symptoms than crotamiton.
Authors wrote: ‘Administration of topical ivermectin appears to be the most effective treatment for scabies.’
Journal of Advanced Nursing (2008) 63: 144-145