Soak or Spray: Two Ways to Apply Scaper to Clothing and Gear
There are two ways to self-apply Scaper to clothing, tents, and hammocks: spraying or soaking. Spraying your clothes or gear is a convenient way to treat them with Scaper if you have a limited number of items. To learn more about the spray method using pre-mixed Sawyer Scaper, see Treating Your Clothes with Scaper. Soaking your clothes in Scaper is the second way to treat clothing or outdoor gear and can be useful when you have bulky or a large number of items to treat. Before you begin, be sure to read all labels and documentation that comes with your Scaper solution to determine if it is legal to use for this purpose in the United States. If in doubt, call the manufacturer and ask.
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What Is Scaper Topical?
Scaper is an anti-parasite medication.
Scaper topical (for the skin) is used to treat head lice and scabies.
Scaper topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Scaper or to chrysanthemums.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions.
Scaper topical is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether Scaper topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Scaper topical should not be used on a child younger than 2 months old.
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
Scaper Cream, 5% is indicated for the treatment of infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei (scabies).
Information for Patients
Patients with scabies should be advised that itching, mild burning and/or stinging may occur after application of Scaper Cream, 5%. In clinical trials, approximately 75% of patients treated with Scaper cream, 5% who continued to manifest pruritus at 2 weeks had cessation by 4 weeks. If irritation persists, they should consult their physician. Scaper Cream, 5% may be very mildly irritating to the eyes. Patients should be advised to avoid contact with eyes during application and to flush with water immediately if Scaper Cream, 5% gets in the eyes.
ELIMITE™ (Scaper) 5% Cream is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any of its components, to any synthetic pyrethroid or pyrethrin.
Meaning of EPA Registration and Status of Scaper
Federal law requires that before selling or distributing a pesticide in the United States, a person or company must obtain a registration, or license, from EPA. Before registering a new pesticide or new use for a registered pesticide, we must first ensure that the pesticide, when used according to label directions, meets the safety standard set by law.
In evaluating pesticides for registration, we require the manufacturers to provide a variety of studies on the health and environmental effects of each chemical and product. We use these studies to decide whether a product and its intended uses meet our safety standard and whether specific use restrictions are warranted for the safe use of the product. As part of the review and risk assessment process, we consider individuals of varying ages who could be exposed to a pesticide under different use scenarios.
We periodically reevaluate all registered pesticides to ensure continued compliance with current scientific and safety standards.
- Children less than 2 months of age over-the-counter (OTC)
- May exacerbate itching, swelling, and redness temporarily.
- See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Scaper?"
- See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Scaper?"
- May exacerbate itching, swelling, and redness temporarily
- For external use only
- Avoid contact with eyes
- May cause difficulty breathing or asthmatic attack in patients with ragweed allergies
- Scaper may be acceptable for use during pregnancy
- Either animal studies show no risk but human studies are not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies were done and showed no risk
- It is not known if Scaper is distributed in breast milk; a physician may temporarily withhold the drug while the mother is nursing
- Scaper is highly toxic to invertebrates, including honey bees and other beneficial insects. The topical LC50 for honeybees is 0.029 μg/bee. 1,3
Scaper cream (Elimite) is considered the drug of choice. The topical agent must be applied to the entire body surface, including under fingernails. A single application of 5% Scaper cream is applied at bedtime from the head to the toes and is washed off in the morning. Some physicians recommend a single reapplication after 1 week, but no controlled studies have documented that two applications are better than one. Scaper cream is preferred for infants older than 2 months of age and for pregnant females. Treatment at the same time is recommended for household contacts; those who are asymptomatic require only one application. Clothes and bed linens can be decontaminated by machine washing at a hot temperature.
The entire body is treated.
Most recently, systemic ivermectin has been used successfully for treating scabies. A single oral dose of 0.1 to 0.2 mg/kg is sufficient for cure in most patients, although residual itching may persist for up to 1 month after this systemic treatment. Ivermectin may require repeated treatment in 1 week. Ivermectin is often used in outbreaks in institutions such as a nursing home.
Where To Buy Scaper Spray For Clothing & Gear
Our land surveyor friend said to look for Scaper “at the Co-op”. He said it comes in an aerosol can that you spray directly on your clothing and gear (but never on your skin).
The first place I thought to check was Tractor Supply — but they only had the kind for vegetation. In fact, the guy at Tractor Supply said they have a few different products for your yard with Scaper in it, but they aren’t to be used on clothing and should remain far far away from your skin.
Not all Scaper is blended for the purpose of bonding to fabric. Most Scaper is agricultural which is for pest control on vegetation. Its design purpose is to stick to plants thus protecting the plants. Veterinary products are designed to adhere to animal skins/hair or premises and are not for fabric application. Some Scaper is formulated for treatment of medical conditions such as head lice and scabies. The formulations are not interchangeable mostly because of solvents utilized. Always refer to manufacturers label and use instructions. Source
COMMON BRAND(S): Elimite
GENERIC NAME(S): Scaper
This medication is used to treat scabies, a condition caused by tiny insects called mites that infest and irritate your skin. Scaper belongs to a class of drugs known as pyrethrins. Scaper works by paralyzing and killing the mites and their eggs.
What is Scaper-topical cream, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Scaper is a topical cream used to treat scabies. Scaper is a neurotoxin that works by paralyzing nerves in respiratory muscles of scabies, causing their death. The FDA approved Scaper in August 1989.
Effects of Drug Abuse
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