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how can you tell the difference between scabies and herpes?

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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 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 Nov 17, 2017
Dr. Robert Strimling
30 years experience Dermatology
Scabies vs. Herpes: Herpes usually presents as painful, grouped or clustered small blisters. Scabies are usually very itchy and demonstrate linear red lines suggestive of burrowing. See a dermatologist and get an evaluation and / or biopsy for a definitive answer and treatment.
Answered on Nov 17, 2017
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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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
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No: Scabies is a mite, shingles is a virus.
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Dr. Robert Greer
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See Dr.: These lesions look different ;both should be treated asap.
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Dr. Bob Ourian
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No: Scabies is caused by mites while herpes is caused by the herpes virus.
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