A 38-year-old member asked:
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what's the difference between herpes and scabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
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 by a "mite", a bug, that tunnels under the surface of the skin. Scabies is not painful but itches like nothing else. Scabies doesn't form ulcers. Herpes is often on the face, genitals, or fingers. Scabies is often on the hands, arms, waist, or legs.
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Dr. Joseph Bark
48 years experience Dermatology
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.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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
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Dr. Michael Jones
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No: Scabies is a mite, shingles is a virus.
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No: Scabies is caused by mites while herpes is caused by the herpes virus.
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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
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