How to Buy Over the Counter Permethrin Cream Online

How to buy permethrin cream online

*UPDATE 5/25/2016*

Lately vendors for OTC permethrin cream have been hard to come by.

Right now your best option is to find it here on eBay.

Bear in mind that even though I’ve linked to the quickest shipping vendor on eBay, it’s still coming from London. So if you’re in the USA prepare to wait a week for your shipment. You can always expedite shipping. The good thing about eBay is the permethrin cream comes C-H-E-A-P. You’d be paying a lot more for it elsewhere.

*UPDATE*1/2/16 right now you can also find 5% permethrin cream here on Amazon, but these listings tend to not last long. Also note that the cream on Amazon ships from Sri Lanka so it will take a few weeks to get there. The eBay option will arrive sooner, so I recommend it above the Amazon option.

Related: How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast

After you purchase your cream read below for application information and extra tips for getting things right the first time.

If you don’t want to wait for permethrin cream from eBay you can buy raw supplies locally or from Amazon and mix up your own cream. To make the your own cream in a DIY fashion you will want to mix together some 10% permethrin together with equal parts skin lotion. Simply combine ingredients half and half in a disposable cup using disposable utensils to mix ingredients thoroughly. The resulting product will be a 5% concentrated permethrin cream.

/end update

How to Buy Permethrin Cream Online

I’ll be blunt here. Scabies can make people miserable. You are going through some tough times.

I know this because i’ve been there. I’ve been up all night anxiously itching and worrying about bugs. Afraid to touch others and completely preoccupied by the infection. I never want to be stuck like that again.

For many of us the struggles only becomes worse after we’ve started treating ourselves. 

One big issue many people run into is grossly uninformed doctors that don’t diagnose or treat scabies properly.

The majority of health practitioners simply do not understand the infestation we are dealing with and end up reluctant to diagnose the condition for what it is. With some doctors, no matter how much we tell them about our pain and suffering is due to scabies, they will just brush it off as eczema or allergies.

Or if they do believe us – and we get the medication initially – some of us are still unable to clear the infestation in our first try; especially when we don’t take the necessary precautions.

After one round of treatment your doctor might just assume you are cured and will not budge on the matter. It’s sad to hear about doctors refusing to be convinced that a patient is still infested when they are giving constant pleas for help. 

The doctors just don’t get it. They haven’t been through what you’ve been through. They can’t see that its not always that easy to kill these mites.

This not only bad for us, but for the epidemic of scabies in general – more days of infestation mean more potential to spread the condition. This only creates more misery for ourselves and other people. Knowing I spread scabies to my friends and family was one of the worst feelings ever.

Up until recently it was hard to buy Permethrin Cream online. You’d have to deal with some shady e-commerce website and you didn’t know for sure if you’d get real treatment.

But thankfully, now you’re in luck. 

Amazon vendors have started to carry the same 5% Permethrin cream that the doctors prescribe. Because of this there is no need to go to trudge to the doctors office and pay co-pay bills.

No prescription is necessary. You don’t even have to leave your house.

This is especially helpful for those who:

  • Have a doctor who refuses to believe that you have scabies.
  • Don’t have health insurance to pay the higher costs.
  • Are interested in avoiding the hassle at the doctor’s office.

Take a deep breath, your misery will soon be over.

Below are some links to purchase 5% Permethrin cream from

You can find it here on Amazon as “scabies dermal cream”.

(Since Amazon likes to crack down on over the counter products on Amazon, the vendor can’t mention 5%permethrin cream in his product listing. The name of the cream and the description may sound unclear, and that’s why. Rest assured that “dermal cream” is prescription quality permethrin cream.)

You can always buy Permethrin spray on Amazon to clean surfaces and liquid permethrin to mix your own cream with. I recommend you use the spray to clean any surfaces that infested people have come in contact with.

You can also buy the raw ingredients to make your own permethrin cream.

You can find that information below.

Investing in Raw Ingredients to Make Your Own Permethrin Cream

Recently, a video was uploaded on YouTube that guides you on how to make your own 5% lotion.

In the video you find out how to mix your own ingredients and make premethrin cream otc yourself. It won’t be just like the pre-made cream (it can often turn out a bit runny), but it should be enough to help cure you!

Making your own Permethrin is best if you have a large family to treat and want to be sure you know exactly what ingredients have gone into your treatment.

If you are treating multiple people it will cost more than $2 like what is said in the video, but overall it could be cheaper to make it yourself. Just follow the guide make sure you get the portions correct.

I would add the video to this post, but the person who made the video has disabled embedding. So here is the direct link to Youtube.

^ Scratch that. The video has been set to private.

Here is how you can make the permethrin mixture on your own:

To make our own lotion we’ll be mixing 10% multi purpose Permethrin cream with a lotion.

So we want 5% permethrin lotion, just like the prescription.

Now to get the correct mixture we just follow these ratios:

(so, equal parts.)

This effectively dilutes the permethrin to 5% while adding lotion, which makes it easily applicable.


After you have your lotion.

Once you have the medication it is really important that you know how to use it correctly.

For example, you MUST take the necessary precautions to keep the bugs out of your environment so you don’t get re-infested again right after treatment.

The steps to cure yourself with permethrin cream are pretty basic, but the precautions can be easily overlooked.

Basic tips are:

  • Cover your ENTIRE body with the cream. Leave no area untreated. You never know where the bugs are, they could easily be in places that you miss (think webs of toes, under feet, any crevices…) 
  • Let the Permethrin stay on your skin between 8-14 hours. This is the most effective time, if you wash it off too soon it might not kill all of the mites.
  • Makes sure to clean your environment thoroughly. This means changing clothes/sheets after every use and disinfecting often
  • Really consider complementing you’re permethrin treatment with simultaneous doses of Ivermectin.

You can find more information like this in the post How to get rid of Scabies at Home Fast).

And here is a short video I made about the use of Permethrin cream:

How to use the Cream

That’s it for this post on buying permethrin otc. If you need additional advice be sure to check out the rest of the blog.

May you all be cured and heal quickly!

Best of luck.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about permethrin. Regards

  2. alicia duffus says:

    I was diagnosed with scabies a few wks before Christmas was given permethrin cream to eradicate it it cleared up the first time then it reappeared a few wks later so I re-applied the cream again and now its bk again I have looked up about scabies on the internet and it says that it takes 4-6 wks to appear well after getting rid of it for the second time it came bk but the spots appeared almost straight away im going bk to the doctors to find out whether I was misdiagnosed because I have done all the right things appling the cream getting rid of my sofa washing all bedding and clothing on a very hot wash and tumble drying it after to be sure and it still keeps reappearing im am also experiencing a terrible headach as well as my hair starting to fall out if you have any advise I would be truly grateful to hear it because this is really starting to get me down now many thanks Alicia

    • JosePH Argenio says:

      The itching can last a long time, it does not mean you have the mites.
      Use plain old moisturizing lotion and give it time.
      Permethrin is a toxic chemical, you want to minimize its use.

      • The human body metabolizes small amounts of permethrin well enough. Regardless, you’re right that you want to minimize its use. This means taking extra care to avoid reinfestation while you are treating yourself with permethrin / ivermectin.

  3. Clinic I went gave me benzyl benzoate for my scabies, he told me apply once, but I apply on myself for two months . Then my scabies is gone. So I don’t understand why instruction on permethrin is apply only once cause this scabies is very stubborn and won’t die so easily .

  4. AMAZOn goddess says:

    the direct link you provided for the youtube video takes you to a video that is private. therefore we cant see it. can you possibly provide the instructions or measurements (amt of permethrin to amt of lotion/cream) please?
    thank you for all your valuable info on this site 🙂

  5. KATELYNN Vazquez says:

    Hi I am trying to make the permethrin cream to cure myself but I cant seem to view the video. Each time I click the link it says video is private. Can you please give me the exact measurements to make the permethrin cream?

  6. I have the 10% liquid. How do I mix it for a spray and how do I mix it for a cream for body treatment?

  7. Clove oil works too. Keep applying and yes eBay has lots of the mix cream 5%

  8. There are a couple of posts here asking how to make this cream with the 10% liquid, but they have not been answered. This would be really useful. How do you make the cream using lotion and this 10% liquid (which normally would be diluted with water). Saying equal parts doesn’t give enough information since it’s a liquid being mixed with a cream. (And does the liquid need to be diluted with water.)
    Please, please, we need an answer.

    • I think the simplest way is to mix equal parts 10% permethrin with lotion. This makes a 10% concentration turn into 5% (since half of the product is now cream, not permethrin). Use a thicker lotion like gold bond.

    • If you want 10 oz of cream then zero out a bowl on a food scale and add 5 oz cream. Next add 5 oz of the 10% permethrin. Mix and use a airplane bottle to apply and save unused salve.

      If you buy 45% permethrin for horses, (I bought some at Tractor And Supply) then you need to do a little algebra to come up with a recipe. The advantage to this method is it will not be as runny.

  9. Elaine Ayers says:

    Love your advice. Very informative and helpful. Your calculations to mix the pemethrin 10 are very flawed. The concentration you are recommending is 50%, not 5%. The correct mixture to make the 5% cream would be 13 drops (1/8 standard measuring teaspoon) to 1/2 cup of lotion.
    The liquid permethrin 10 is concentrated, and is 10% of the liquid it comes in. To make a 10% permethrin solution to spray livestock areas, the ratio is; 1 part permethrin 10, to 99 parts of water. For 5%, it is 1 part permethrin 10, to 199 parts of water. Please feel free to contact me for further information on reducing this ratio to the small quantity required for this treatment.

    • The bottle of 10% permethrin contains 10% permethrin and 90% liquid, probably water. When you dilute according to the instructions on the bottle in order to spray on infested areas the concentration is much below 10%.

  10. This post is amazing my mother has been going crazy no one believes her they say the wrinkles are your aging, etc. Does anyone know of a place to buy online that ships from the US? She had 2 tubes but the doctor’s just dismiss here now; obviously, I need this for her asap. Also, did anyone actually see these bugs or have “clusters” in the eyes or nose area? Did you see them move at night? Or see them on the furniture crawling out? I know this is weird but that is happening to her too & I’m not sure if its just because she is freaking out or if ashe is actually seeing them, I don’t see them. Appreciate any help here.

    • I suggest requesting a refill from your pharmacy. Even with no refills the pharmacy will contact the Doctor. The Doctor may contact you to see why you need more salve or they may just prescribe another tube.

  11. This incredible woman made a music video about scabies and referenced your website, which is why I’m here!!!

  12. Thank-you SOOOOO much. My daughter has scabies and the doctors won’t do anything to help her!!! They said it needs to be confirmed by a dermatologist but they can’t get her an appointment for 3 weeks!!!! How can they leave someone like that?!?! You saved her with the information on this website. THANK-YOU. We are in Canada and found out that we can buy without a prescription at our local drug store.

  13. Between treatments, what are your thoughts on spot treating?

  14. Thanks for this site – I am not selling a thing, only trying to enlighten and hoping to find someone else that has had a problem with WIGS and scabies. . . WIGS manufactured by Aderans Hair Products – Hair Club For Men –
    LUX HAIR NOW WIGS for Sherrie Shepherd or any other of Aderans products purchased from QVC or elsewhere!

    Perhaps I can jog someone’s memory that thinks they got their scabies somewhere else, thinking that they couldn’t have gotten them from THIS on-line shopping channel and/or these products!

    In my opinion, I damn sure did!
    The entire story is here. . .

    I surely can not be an isolated case!

    Scabies Suck! Anyone else out there having this same issue?

    Thanks for your time! FM

  15. Most, if not all, of the advice is good. I was able to find everything at Wal-Mart and Tractor And Supply for making 5% permethrin cream. I bought 45% permethrin at Tractor and supply that is for horses. I bought skin cream at Wal-Mart. I also bought a travel bottle to apply and save unused salve at Wal-Mart. The only difference from using this and 10% permethrin is the result is not as runny because of the difference in quantity of liquid in the recipe.

  16. Can you mix the permethrin with an oil (olive oil and/or coconut oil) instead of lotion?

  17. hershey montecalbo says:

    i want to buy this permitrin because mykids are not good hes skin..pls can i buy this procduct..u can email us..


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