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Treatment of scabies and pediculosis in health education publications and folk medicine of Eastern Croatia - Slavonija, Baranja and Western Srijem county

Ivanka Muršić orcid id ; Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital Centre Osijek
Igor Kuric ; Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital Centre Osijek
Marija Raguž ; Institute of biological anthropology, Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Tatjana Kovačević ; Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital Centre Osijek
Dora Muršić ; Family Medicine Practice, Osijek, Croatia

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Scabies and pediculosis are common parasitic infestations of the skin and hair, manifesting with intense pruritus and effectively treated with modern medications. Because of the attached social stigma linking it with poverty and poor hygiene, patients will often attempt alternative folk-based remedies before confiding in their physicians. We conducted a comprehensive bibliographical study of historic folk literature and interviewed 70 individuals experienced in everyday application of folk medicine in order to categorize available remedies and provide a modern, scientific comment on their effectiveness and dangers. Compositions containing sulfur, copper sulfate, petroleum, coal, tar, and highly alkaline soaps and washing solutions undoubtedly have scabicidal and pediculicidal properties, but they are used either in high concentrations with greater possibility of intoxication and irritation or lower concentrations with questionable therapeutic benefit. These remedies, extracted from historical-cultural frameworks, are poorly adapted to modern standards and can lead to side-effects and complications. Physicians today have to be aware of the reasons their patients seek alternative remedies and know the substances and procedures they may use in self-healing, so as to be able to provide the help that may be needed if those complications occur.

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Lice infestations; Scabies; Medicine, Traditional

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