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how can i tell the difference between scabies or bedbugs

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Bedbugs are visible.: Bedbugs are visible and live off the skin. Scabies are not visible and live in the skin. Bedbugs live on mattress, behind the bed on furniture. Scabie ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Bed bugs vs scabies.: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Rasberry smell.: Bed bugs can be found singly, but often congregate once established. They remain close to hosts, in or near beds or couches. They can be in other are ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay
34 years experience Pediatrics
Scabies: Scabies burrow into your skin and create an itchy rash that persists until treated with Permethrin cream and even then takes awhile to get better. Bed ... Read More
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
31 years experience Pediatrics
ITCHING: The biggest difference is probably the intense itching associated with scabies. Scabies lesions also do not "heal" the way you would expect a scratch ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Appearance & where: Herpes rash is little blisters that break open to form an ulcer and is tender when touched. It is caused by herpes type 1 & type 2. Scabies is caused ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Dyer
19 years experience Allergy and Immunology
By where the rash is: Most eczema occurs on the face, inner elbows, behind the knees, on the wrists, hands, and ankles. It is usually dry, red, itchy. Scabies tends to oc ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Bird mite vs bedbug: A bird mite bite may not cause a lesion or it may be very tiny & cause the feeling that something is crawling on the skin as well as severe itching. T ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
Growth, center, size: Both are often round and have scale, but typically ringworm grows outward, with central clearing. Also, eczema is typically very itchy, whereas ringw ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Nits vs dandruff: Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience Dermatology
Rash: See your dermatologist. This differential diagnosis occurs in a lot of rashes and clues have to be sought by looking carefully at the skin.
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A female asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Specializes in Family Medicine
Where you got them.: Chiggers live in grass, brush, hay and other green spaces but they're active only in moderate temperatures (60 -90+ degrees.) Sand mites (fleas) live ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Wu
21 years experience Ophthalmology
bug: Bug bites are often itchy or painful, and they are very red. They are located on exposed areas of skins. Acne may be painful, but not itchy and usua ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Moe
21 years experience Urgent Care
There are different : Impetigo is a golden colored rash resembling honey, while with poison ivy you get a bright red irritated rash.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Whoa: This is serious. The rash of acute HIV infection is unlikely to feature pustules / pimples or blackheads. But this is beside the point. If you are con ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Not: difficult for trained professionals. Usually tinea corporisor ring worm is usually circular with central clearing while other rashes look different de ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Turner
19 years experience Dermatology
Duration.: Typidally chigger bites last a lot longer than mosquito bites (usually 2-4 weeks). They are very red (not pink) and tend to occur in areas where skin ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sun burn includes: S rash w red skin ; possible blisters, fatigue, fevers, chills or headache. Polymorphous light eruption(pmle) ; it has sxs that were just described a ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Skin: Discerning : So, the simple answer is that herpes is very painful. It often appears initially as a cluster of blisters and then the top of the sore deteriorate ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bugs: You will not see any bugs associated with herpes as it is caused by a virus.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can evaluate: Folliculitis usually affects a larger area of skin than the small spot that a herpes sore affects. Folliculitis is tiny pustules where the hair follic ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience Travel Medicine
Poison ivy vs. oak: Poison ivy and oak are two different planst which have an oil whic causes an allergic rash. The characteristic rash you see is the result of your own ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Superficial vs deep: With any given swab you could find MRSA on almost any body surface as a benign contaminant.As in infecting agent it tends to burrow down into the dep ... Read More

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