Treating Norwegian Scabies
The goals of treatment for Norwegian scabies are to:
- Kill the Norwegian scabies mites (Sarcoptes scabiei)
- Treat any family members who have been in close contact with the infected person
- Prevent the scabies from returning.
Both the patient and family members may be treated with the same medicine (see Scabies Treatment). In other cases, ivermectin, which is taken orally, may be given.
It is important that all scabies eggs and mites be killed. So all clothes, bedding, and towels used by the infested person should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer two days before scabies treatment begins. No special cleaning is necessary for coats, furniture, rugs, floors, and walls.