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Possible for a doctor to wrongly diagnose scabies? been itchy for 6 monthsno rash at all, my partner had just been told he has them but no rash either

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Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology 54 years experience
Often misdiagnosed: Scabies is frequently misdiagnosed, especially by non dermatologists. Sometimes, the skin can be scraped and a mite found under the microscope, often a female with an egg inside it. Treatment sometimes does not work well, or make take weeksf or the itching to stop. A skin biopsy may be helpful, read by an expert skin pathologist. Oral treatment with Ivermectin pills usually works to skill mites.

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