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Dr. John Despain
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What is the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites?

Dr. John Despain
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What is the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites?

Location: Location, location, location. Flea bites will occur close to ground, so for most of us that's legs only. Bed bugs anywhere on the body. Both produce itchy red bumps. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


Dr. Stevan Cordas
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
52 years in practice
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What is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

Dr. Stevan Cordas
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
52 years in practice
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What is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

Cekiac disease: There are a number of skin disorders assocaited with celiac disease. Dh is one that can resemble flea bites. One has to look at the whole picture to decide if there is underlying celiac disease or if the dog has fleas. Go to http://www.Celiaccentral.Org/skin/. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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23 years in practice
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I want to know what is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

Dr. Emily Altman
Board Certified, Dermatology
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I want to know what is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

Flea bites vs rash: Fleas only jump about knee high so the bites are usually below the knee and look like insect bites, firm red itchy-painful nodules, some may have pustules. Rash due to celiac disease is dermatitis herpetiformis, grouped crusted red bumps, urticarial papules or vesicles on extensor surfaces, such as elbows, knees, buttocks, back. Because rash is very itchy, usually we see mostly scratches on exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Litt
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the difference between the way scabies and bed bug bites look?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the difference between the way scabies and bed bug bites look?

Bed bugs vs scabies.: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Seely
Board Certified, General Practice
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2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

Dr. Allen Seely
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2 year old son has red hot bumps on palms, bumps on arms, ankles & a couple on his side, flea bites? Hfm disease? Chicken pox? How to tell difference?

NEEDS to be seen: It's hard to tell by description--so he needs to be seen to get a diagnosis. Chicken pox seems least likely but 'hot bumps' is concerning for an infection/cellulitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What's the difference between herpes and scabies?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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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. Paul Leadem
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How can I tell the difference between scratches from playing or scabies?

Dr. Paul Leadem
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How can I tell the difference between scratches from playing or scabies?

Location of sores: Scabies causes intensely itchy small bumps that tend to occur in skin folds(under the arms, below the waistband, between the fingers) if these area are not involved, your child probably doesn't have scabies. Scabies lesions will also occur in a line or track at times. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Strimling
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How can you tell the difference between scabies and herpes?

Dr. Robert Strimling
Board Certified, Dermatology
26 years in practice
121K people helped
How can you tell the difference between scabies and herpes?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Dyer
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How can you tell the difference between eczema and scabies ?

Dr. Scott Dyer
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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How can you tell the difference between eczema and scabies ?

By where the rash is: Most eczema occurs on the face, inner elbows, behind the knees, on the wrists, hands, and ankles. It is usually dry, red, itchy. Scabies tends to occur on the waist, arm pits, writsts, genital area, lower buttocks, front of the knees, sides of the feet, and on the sides and in between the fingers. It is always more itchy at night. Check for some photos of the rashes on medical websites. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites occur when a flea bites a person, and can cause itching and irritation at the site of the bite ...Read more


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