Norwegian scabies

What is Norwegian Scabies?

Norwegian scabies is a highly contagious disorder caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis. The condition is also known as crusted scabies, due to the thick crusts that form on the skin. It is sometimes confused with other skin disorders.

Norwegian scabies can affect people of all ages, but is most commonly seen in the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and those with mental or physical disabilities. The symptoms are similar to typical scabies, although they may be more severe and harder to treat.

Signs and Symptoms of Norwegian Scabies

Signs and symptoms of Norwegian scabies can vary, but may include:

  • Intense itching, especially at night
  • Rash on the skin that can be red or blistered
  • Raised, red, honeycomb-like lesions on the skin
  • Thick, dry scales or crusts on the skin
  • Small burrows in the skin

In severe cases, Norwegian scabies can cause inflammation and scaling of the skin on the entire body. It can also cause blisters, skin sores, and thick scaling on the soles of the feet.

Treatment and Prevention of Norwegian Scabies

Treatment of Norwegian scabies involves the use of topical treatments, such as permethrin cream or crotamiton lotion. Oral medications, such as ivermectin, may also be used. Treatment should be repeated once a week for one month, and all clothes and bedding should be washed in hot water.

In order to prevent the spread of Norwegian scabies, it is important to practice good personal hygiene and avoid skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Clothing and bedding should also be washed regularly. Anyone who suspects they may have the condition should see their doctor for treatment.