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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Scabies And Dermatitis

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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What is the difference symptom and look wise between scabies and contact dermatitis?

What is the difference symptom and look wise between scabies and contact dermatitis?

Scabies: Scabies has the following:itching, especially at night rashes, especially between the fingers sores (abrasions) on the skin from scratching and digging thin, pencil-mark lines on the skin mites may be more widespread on a baby's skin, causing pimples over the trunk, or small blisters over the palms and soles. In young children, the head, neck, shoulders, palms, and soles are involved. ...Read more

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My derm can't tell if I have atypical scabies or atopical dermatitis.I get relief but not cure from oral ivermectin and oral immuran, please help?

My derm can't tell if I have atypical scabies or atopical dermatitis.I get relief but not cure from  oral ivermectin and oral immuran, please help?

Hard to tell: It's hard to tell without examination. If you have (or your family) asthma, hayfever history and ezema in your childhood, the eczema you have now might be atopic dermatitis. However, if you live in a dorm, share bed with some one, and they happen to have similar itching problem, you might have scabies. Itching from scabies may linger for months after "cure". Atopic dermatitis comes and goes. ...Read more

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My dr says i don't have scabies/bed bugs but something is biting me she said contact dermatitis but i know it's big bites they are on forarm low back?

My dr says i don't have scabies/bed bugs but something is biting me she said contact dermatitis but i know it's big bites they are on forarm low back?

See dermatologist: It is time for you to consult your dermatologist to settle this issue. Bug bites and contact dermatitis are totally different. The former usually show up as itchy bumps, the latter flat patches with or without blisters. ...Read more

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Currently I have severe itching with no rash. Previously I had a rash, was misdiagnosed with scabies then with dermatitis, given steroids which helped?

Currently I have severe itching with no rash. Previously I had a rash, was misdiagnosed with scabies then with dermatitis, given steroids which helped?

Eczema: Is commonly known as the "itch that rashes" as opposed to rash that itches because the itching precedes the rash and it is the scratching that results in the presence of the rash. People with allergic problems, regardless of the type, asthma, hay fever, food allergy, all these are associated with eczema. The best treatment is to find out what you are allergic too. For now try Claritin (loratadine) and see doc. ...Read more

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Red, very itchy rash on forearms. Have photos. diag as contact dermatitis but could it be scabies? don't see burrows or tracks

Red, very itchy rash on forearms. Have photos.  diag as contact dermatitis but could it be scabies? don't see burrows or tracks

Try: a virtual consult. Since the forum is for general questions, your question is more appropriate for one-on-one encounter; in which case photos can be shared. There are several common causes for itchy rash like this and answering a few questions will certainly help to clarify what is likely. ...Read more

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Toddler bug bite on cheek next day rash stomach down thighs, pedi said dermatitis and now scabies cuz now to wrist, p.a says no, no itch no fever ?

Toddler bug bite on cheek next day rash stomach down thighs, pedi said dermatitis and now scabies cuz now to wrist, p.a says no, no itch no fever ?

Rashes: Rashes are difficult to diagnose when a patient is not in front of me but I can say that scabies causes intense itch in most patients. I'm not sure an insect bite on cheek is associated with the rash, perhaps a coincidence. If there are changes in detergents, cleansers, or introduction of a new food, then that has to be taken into consideration. Any travel (sand fleas, bed bugs)? ...Read more

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What's the difference between herpes and scabies?

What's the difference between herpes and scabies?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Definition)

Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has ...Read more


Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more