Malathion

This medicine is used to treat scabies and lice infestation. Malathion kills the adult mites and lice. This prevents the condition from getting worse. Malathion is not able to kill the eggs of the lice. ​

​What is this medication used for​

This medicine is used to treat scabies and lice infestation. Malathion kills the adult mites and lice. This prevents the condition from getting worse. Malathion is not able to kill the ​eggs of the lice.


Dosage and How to Use​

This medicine should only be applied on your skin or scalp. Do not eat it.

The way to use it depends on whether you are using it for scabies or hair lice infestation.

For scabies infestation

  • After a warm bath, apply this medicine to the skin surface of the whole body below the neck. Rub in well and allow the medicine to dry naturally. Do not use a hair dryer to dry the lotion.
  • ​For children below 2 years old, this medicine should also be applied thinly on the scalp, face and ears. However, you should avoid the eyes and mouth.
  • Do not bathe or wash the medicine away for 24 hours. If you need to wash your hands or other parts of the body, you should reapply this medicine immediately.
  • Scabies can cause itching and redness of the skin. These symptoms will take a few days to get better after using Malathion. You can check with your doctor or pharmacist for medicines or creams to reduce the itching and redness.

For hair lice infestation

  • Apply Malathion to dry hair and your scalp, including the back of your ears.
  • Leave it on to dry for 8 to 12 hours before washing off with a non-medicated shampoo.
  • ​​Using Malathion once may be effective in removing head lice. However, if you still see lice alive after using Malathion, use it again 7 to 9 days later.

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Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication​

What are the possible side effects of the medicine​?​​

Malathion may leave an unpleasant smell and cause some skin irritation. Be careful not to swallow it as it might cause some breathing problems.

How do I know if I am allergic to this medicine?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • ​Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

What precautions should I follow when taking this​ medicine?​​​

Do not apply on broken skin or wound. Be careful not to touch the eyes. If Malathion accidentally gets into your eye, rinse thoroughly with water.

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should inform your doctor.

You should not use Malathion more than once a week or for more than 3 weeks.

All members of the same family should receive the treatment at the same time.

As Malathion catches fire easily, keep the medicine and wet hair away from heat sources such as hair dryers, electric curlers, cigarettes, or open flames.


Handling and Storage​

  • Keep your medicines in the original container or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep the medicine out of reach of children.
  • Throw away all expired medicines.


This article answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.



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