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I'm spending time with backpackers at a hostel in the common area. i noticed since i've been there few days i'm itchy.. scabies or bed bugs? itchy

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Don't know. : Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. Scabies.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, elbows,buttocks & genitalia.
Jan 22, 2014

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