Anti-parisitic drugs (thiabendazole or albendazole) may be used to treat the infection. Ivermectin may also work.
Creeping eruption may go away by itself over a period of weeks to months. Treatment helps the infection go away more quickly and is highly successful.
- Secondary skin infections caused by scratching
- Spread of the infection through the bloodstream to the lungs or the small intestine (rare)
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Make an appointment with your health care provider if you or your child have skin lesions that are snakelike, itchy, and migratory.
Creeping eruption : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Creeping eruption : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Creeping eruption : Treatment
Review Date : 12/3/2008
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.