Crotamiton

Crotamiton is used to relieve itching, mainly when it's caused by scabies. Crotamiton is also known as Itch-Soothe or Eurax.

What is crotamiton?

Crotamiton is a cream that is used to relieve itch and skin irritation caused by skin conditions such as dermatitis. It's most commonly used for the itch that can persist for a few weeks after the treatment of scabies

Note: Crotamiton is not a treatment for scabies. It doesn't kill the scabies mite. Read more about how scabies is treated.  


Crotamiton is available on prescription and can also be bought over the counter from pharmacies.

How to use crotamiton?

Rub gently to the affected area 2 to 3 times daily, for itch and skin irritation.

Things to consider while you are using crotamiton?

  • Don't apply crotamiton to any areas of broken skin (eg, cuts, grazes or sores) or infected skin (eg, is red, swollen or has pus).
  • If your skin is dry, it may be making the itching worse. Try using an emollient (moisturiser) every day as this will help to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Emollients can be applied once or several times a day if your skin becomes very dry.
  • Be careful not to get crotamiton in your eyes. If you do, rinse it out with plenty of water.

Possible side effects

Side effects to crotamiton are rare. Some people may get skin sensitivity or an allergic reaction such as worsening redness or itchy skin. This may be confused with a flare-up of the itch or it could also be from the scabies infection if your treatment wasn't successful. If you get this, stop using crotamiton and tell your doctor or pharmacist.

References

  1. Crotamiton New Zealand Formulary
Credits: Sandra Ponen, Pharmacist. Reviewed By: Angela Lambie, Pharmacist, Auckland Last reviewed: 01 Sep 2022