We all are well aware how contagious scabies is and how it’s caused by tiny parasitic mites that live and thrive underneath the skin. But what some of us may not know is that it can get worse in people with weaker immune system. The worst scabies condition is termed as Norwegian scabies and it’s the scariest skin conditions that you need to quickly get rid of at the earliest.
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What is the difference between Norwegian and Regular Scabies?
Before jumping to the difference, you must know that itching is the major sign of scabies and it gets worse at night, as the parasitic mites are most active at that time. The microscopic organisms called Sarcoptes scabiei var. Hominis cause scabies and these mites infest your skin and make it itchy while burrowing beneath the layer of your skin.
These mites are too small to be seen with a naked eye. Moreover, they can even survive and reproduce in the outer layer of the skin. Due to their microscopic size, it’s quite problematic to detect and get rid of them. The presence of mites beneath the skin surface causes skin irritation and allergic symptoms.
- Well, if there are just a few mites (10-20) living in your skin, these are considered as regular scabies. However, when the number of mites is beyond hundred, this condition is termed as Norwegian scabies. Yes, you read that right. If not controlled on time or in people with the weak immune system, these mites can grow up to hundreds or thousands in number, leading to more skin problems like crusts and hyperkeratotic plaques.
- Norwegian scabies is nowhere near to regular scabies and even the symptoms are quite different. Here’s how you can distinguish between the two:
- In case of Norwegian scabies, higher skin manifestations may appear. The skin gets extremely blistered, reddish and itchy at the same time. And, of course, the itching becomes worse during the night.
- Regular scabies doesn’t appear on the scalp. But Norwegian scabies, due to a higher number of mites, it may spread to the scalp as well. It can even affect the nipples, abdomen, buttocks, genitalia, wrists, armpits, elbow, toes and fingers.
If Norwegian scabies symptoms are noticed, you need immediate medical attention. Otherwise, the mites will spread all over your body and can very easily infect other people as well. Following are some natural remedies to treat Norwegian scabies:
Dr. Scabies: Dr. Scabies cream is a homeopathic remedy containing all natural and safe ingredients like sulfur. It is used to treat the problem from the roots and instantly begins to kill mites and eggs.
Neem Cream: You can even apply all natural neem cream all over your body to get rid of scabies mites. According to certain tests and studies, neem cream has been helpful in about 97% of test subjects to kill scabies mites. Moreover, it even helps in easing out skin irritation and swelling caused by scratching the skin.
Echinaforce: For giving a boost to your immune system, you may try Echinaforce plant extracts. The product is made using the extracts from the Echinacea plant to strengthen your immunity. Besides that, Echinaforce cream can help in hydrating your damaged and dry skin.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties which can be helpful in reducing growing bacteria in your skin. It also helps in preventing secondary infections that could enhance the symptoms. When applied topically, it limits the supply of oxygen to the mites, hence, deprives them of air supply and eventually kills them under the skin itself.