Permethrin- an insecticide, Precaution & Side-effect

Sunday, 2/10/2016

Permethrin is an insecticide that belongs to the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals used for a number of reasons like insect control. Products of permethrin are used in public health mosquito control. They are used on food and feed crops, on ornamental lawns,on livestock and pets, in structures and buildings, and on clothing also. Permethrin was first registered under the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1979, and was
re-registered in 2006.
Many cases of permethrin exposure have been issued since its usage among farm workers, animals, common people consuming vegetables and fruits and also the peoples living in the area near by the permethrin production units.
The products containing Permethrin can be categorised into different groups like it may be liquids, powders, sprays, cream, clothing and aerosol solutions. Permethrin can be used in treatments of dogs and few more animals. There are more than 1400 registered products containing the components of permethrin or whole permethrin.
There are variety of permethrin products that are available in market like permethrin cream,permethrin SFR, permethrin bed bugs killer, etc.


How permethrin works?
Permethrin affects the insects if they try to eat or touch the permethrin affected area. It results in direct impact on nervous system of insects causing a muscle spasm or paralysis or even cause death. Permethrin is more toxic to insects in comparison of human or animals like dogs. This is because insect’s nervous system is weaker than people and dogs. Although cats are more prone to permethrin side effects than dogs or people.

Possibility of exposure to permethrin?

People can be exposed to pesticides like permethrin by eating them specially vegetables and fruits, breathing them in mainly happens to the farm works while applying to the crops, getting them on their skin, or getting them in eyes.
Dogs may be exposed while applying permethrin spray to their skin for treatments. People can have skin exposure or breathe in the toxic chemicals of products containing permethrin while applying the products, or during mosquito control efforts. Permethrin may be consumed due to the ignorance of people if they forget to wash their hands after using products that contain permethrin. Exposure to permethrin can be managed and limited by reading and following the pesticide label, measures and standards and following all of the directions.

Applications of permethrin
What is it used for?

●Permethrin is used to treat infections caused by certain parasites.
●Lyclear Dermal Cream is used for the treatment of scabies and crab lice.
Permethrin 5% Cream is used for the treatment of scabies.
Lyclear Creme Rinse is used for the treatment of head lice.
Listed below are the most common uses of permethrin.
●Treatment of head-lice
●Treatment of crab-lice
●Treatment of scabies

Precautions of Permethrin


The necessary steps or counter measures to be taken before using permethrin products are as
1.Before using the product which have permethrin, the user is required to inform their doctor or pharmacist to
check whether the user is allergic to it or not, or whether the user have a record of other allergies. Permethrin products may cause allergic reaction or many other problems. So it is suggested to contact the pharmacist or doctor before its use.

2.Get your medical history from your consulted doctor, especially about skin infections, asthma, etc.

3.Continuous scratching of the skin or scalp may lead to bacterial skin infection. The user must directly contact to the doctor right away.

4.Doctor should be informed about pregnancy before this medication.

5.Permethrin can also have a side effect on breast milk resulting in problems for infant. One must consult doctor before breast-feeding.

Side Effects of Permethrin

There can be many side effects of Permethrin, some common effects are:
1.Skin Itching
2.Skin Swelling
3.Redness of skin
4.Mild Burning

These all may occur with small pimples or scabs, if any of these effects occur contact doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Precautions are also better than cure. So the benefit of consulting the doctor before the use of permethrin is advisable. Some people are allergic and some are not allergic to permethrin.

A very serious reaction of permethrin happens in rare or very few cases. However, it is good to pay attention to the symptoms of serious allergies like rashes, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing, etc.

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