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How to tell difference between herpes and scabies

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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
Dr. Robert Strimling
Dermatology 31 years experience
Scabies vs. Herpes: Herpes usually presents as painful, grouped or clustered small blisters. Scabies are usually very itchy and demonstrate linear red lines suggestive o... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Ulcers vs itchy rash: 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
Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Herpes/scabies: The former is a viral infection. The latter is an infection by insects which crawl into the skin. There is virtually no relationship.
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Dr. Michael Jones
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No: Scabies is a mite, shingles is a virus.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Different: Scabies is a parasitic skin infection which can cause intense itching which worsens at night. If you check your skin you can see little burrows made b... Read More
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
See Dr.: These lesions look different ;both should be treated asap.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
No: Scabies is caused by mites while herpes is caused by the herpes virus.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not likely: 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 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Technically no: But the fact that you have scabies may have been emotionally upsetting and that can make one feel nervous and run down. If it persists, then see your ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Skin Rash: rashes are difficult to diagnose at times, and some in the early stages look similar. Scabies tends to be more diffuse in Ethernet the fingers, in th... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Uncertain: This could be recurrent viral infection such as herpes or dyshydrotic eczema or infection of other type. Without knowing the rest of your health ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Neither: From your description it's not scabies nor herpes, can be just scratch marks, if it doesn't go away, get checked, goodluck

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