Wooldridge,1 Cannon and McRae,2 and Halpern and co-workers3 have reported on the effectiveness of kwell® ointment (0.5% of gamma benzene hexachloride in a vanishing cream base) as an antiscabietic ointment. It is easily applied, usually effective after 24 hours' treatment, and simpler and less annoying than most of the older preparations used for the treatment of scabies. In spite of the fact that kwell® is often an efficient antiscabietic ointment, eczematous reactions to it do occur. Two such cases are being reported—one, of a mother, and the other, of her daughter—in both of which the patient developed a severe eczematous reaction to this medication.
A white woman 29 years old was treated with the prepared antiscabietic kwell® ointment. A severe papulovesicular reaction occurred 24 hours after medication and within a short time covered her arms, legs, trunk, and buttocks. Her daughter, aged 3 years, developed a similar