If you’ve been reading through my site, it’s safe to assume you know what scabies are.
However, what you might not know is there is a more aggressive form of scabies infection known as Norwegian Scabies.
What is Norwegian Scabies?
Also known as “crusted scabies”, probably due to the crusted appearance it causes on the skin, Norwegian Scabies could be described as regular scabies on steroids. Instead of ten or twenty mites under the skin, Norwegian scabies sufferers can have up to 5,000 mites in one small area of skin, such as a finger webbing or a single fold of skin.
The name comes from the initial discovery of the condition in Norway, during the 1800’s.
Norwegian scabies are usually quite easy to tell apart from regular scabies, the most obvious sign being the crusting of the skin. Regular scabies only leave burrows and sometimes red, pimple like spots. Norwegian scabies change the top layer of skin to a dry, raised, crusted appearance, and breaks may even appear in the skin.
Some good photos can be found on the DermnetNZ website.
Who is at risk of catching Norwegian scabies?
Norwegian scabies is rare in healthy adults and kids.
The following groups are the most at-risk:
- Dementia sufferers
- Down syndrome
- HIV and AIDS
- Any immune system deficiency
Common places Norwegian scabies are found are areas of high-density living, such as retirement homes, homeless shelters and prisons.
What should you do if you have Norwegian Scabies?
The most important thing to do if you believe you have Norwegian scabies is to seek treatment immediately.
Norwegian scabies is highly contagious and can easily spread to otherwise healthy family members, co-workers and friends. If left untreated for some time, it can compound into other problems such as permanent scarring and staph infections. More importantly, if you spread it to someone who is sick or elderly, they are at much higher risk of complications. In very rare cases, vulnerable people have died from Norwegian scabies.
The good news is, treating Norwegian scabies is not complicated. A combination of aggressive Permethrin and Ivermectin treatments will cure Norwegian scabies in someone who is healthy. While technically my home treatment guide will work on Norwegian scabies, I highly recommend seeing a health professional as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose your condition and let you know the proper protocol for your particular situation. If for any reason you can’t see a medical professional immediately, you can get started using home treatments. My guide to the most effective home scabies treatments can be found here.
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