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I'm spending time with backpackers at a hostel in the common area. I noticed since I've been there few days I'm itchy. Scabies or bed bugs? Itchy

I'm spending time with backpackers at a hostel in the common area. I noticed since I've been there few days I'm itchy. Scabies or bed bugs? Itchy

Don't know.: Bed bug bites may
have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. Scabies. ...Read more

Bed Bugs (Definition)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological ...Read more


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Are bed bugs scabies?

Are bed bugs scabies?

No they aren't: Scabies. Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks ; genitalia. Bed bug bites may
have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show. ...Read more

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Are bed bugs often mistaken for scabies?

Are bed bugs often mistaken for scabies?

Different patterns: Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensite blisters may occur. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. >. ...Read more

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Help! Can bed bugs be diagnosed as scabies?

Help! Can bed bugs be diagnosed as scabies?

Doubt it.: Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensite blisters may occur. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. >. ...Read more

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Could scabies be mistaken for bed bug bites?

Doubtful: Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks ; genitalia. Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between scabies aczema and bed bugs?

How can you differentiate between scabies aczema and bed bugs?

Scabies vs bed bugs: Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, legs, elbows, buttocks & genitalia. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show. ...Read more

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I have proof of bed bugs in my home, but my Dr. Believes I have scabies. I compared the bites I have to scabies and they match. What should I do?

Take Drs advice: The good news is that scabies is relatively easy to eliminate with proper cleaning and anti-scabies potions. Bed bugs are much harder to get rid of and can be a chronic nuisance. I would take your doctor's advice seriously and start and anti-scabies treatment. ...Read more

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Do bed bug bites look like scabies?

Do bed bug bites look like scabies?

Scabies vs bedbugs: Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks & genitalia.** bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by >. ...Read more

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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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Itchy bumps popping up all over body randomly they say it scabies but no one has it. I called the exterminator and its not bed bugs....Please help?

See a dermatologist: There are several potential causes of these symptoms. Medication reaction, contact allergy, scabies, infection just to name a few. I recommend being evaluated by a dermatologist to help identify the cause and get it treated. ...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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I've been spending time with backpackers in a hostel and have started to itch. How do I know if its bed bugs or scabies? Itchy feet hands body

I've been spending time with backpackers in a hostel and have started to itch. How do I know if its bed bugs or scabies? Itchy feet hands body

Compare: Bed bug bites may
have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. Scabies. ...Read more

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Crazy bug bite pattern on my upper arms and upper legs. I feel like I break out in more each day yet I don't have bed bugs. I've had scabies years and?

See a dermatologist: For better management of your case, it could be the scabies acting up or may be something else, you need to be examined with good history, possible some tests, best wishes ...Read more

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I have small very itchy bumps on my handa legs and feet. Not bed bugs or scabies. I do not know what to do. Tried everything!

I have small very itchy bumps on my handa legs and feet. Not bed bugs or scabies. I do not know what to do. Tried everything!

Exam: Hands, legs and feet, excluding the torso suggests contact dermatitis and not scabies as you have already decided. The locations also do not suggest bed bugs. Those lesions can be itchy, but an unusual location, and they are more like the bumps associated with a mosquito bite. Consider a stronger steroid cream and if not improving, be examined. ...Read more

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Itching all over for over a year not scabies not bed bugs my hands are getting little blisters on my fingers and now what looks like a pimple on hand?

Itching all over for over a year not scabies not bed bugs my hands are getting little blisters on my fingers and now what looks like a pimple on hand?

Pruritis.: Itchiness without rash is called pruritis. There can be many reasons for this. You need to see a dermatologist for a full workup. In then mean time, try sarna over the counter lotion as many times per day as you need to help with the itchy and start a daily regimen of zyrtec (cetirizine). Take consistently without fail to see if changes. The blisters on the hands may be dyshidrotic eczema. A derm can diagnose. ...Read more

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My kids & I have red bumps 1week mayb bug bites, more upper body. Really itchy more at night. Dr. Gave us meds for scabies & bedbugs? I'm confused! Help

My kids & I have red bumps 1week mayb bug bites, more upper body. Really itchy more at night. Dr. Gave us meds for scabies & bedbugs? I'm confused! Help

I am also confused: By this. Don't know what med you were given unless it is for itching. Bed bugs don't require any specific medications to get rid of them. Creams to treat scabies include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. Itching is worse at night w scabies. If the medication your are prescribed does not work - would encourage you to see a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know I have scabies or bedbugs?

How do I know I have scabies or bedbugs?

Rasberry smell.: Bed bugs can be found singly, but often congregate once established. They remain close to hosts, in or near beds or couches. They can be in other areas including luggage, vehicles, furniture and bedside clutter. They can be detected by their smell of over-ripe raspberries. Bed bug detection dogs are trained to pinpoint infestations. Scabies has intense itching and superficial linear burrows. ...Read more

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What are the similarities between scabies and bedbugs?

Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensite blisters may occur. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. Scabies looks like>. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between scabies or bedbugs?

See below: Scabies lives in skin, is smaller and burrows into skin. Bed bugs live in sheets, bite suck blood and run, are larger. See the site below for details.
Scabies ≠ bed bugs
health. Nv.Gov/hcqc/scabies_powerpointslideshowview. Pdf. ...Read more

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Something has been biting me for over 3 years now my face head neck entire body hav been treated for bedbugs and scabies no change?

Something has been biting me for over 3 years now my face head neck entire body hav been treated for bedbugs and scabies no change?

It would likely take: More than medication to rid your home of scabies or bed bugs. If not eradicated in the home- the bugs will keep coming back. T requires effort to get rid of scabies. 1st, you ; all members of your household need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. 2nd, clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding ; towels you've come in contact w). There may be things. ...Read more

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Body itchy not scabies/bedbugs, negative blood&skintest, contagious, red splotches with hotbath, any clue what it is? No allergies

Body itchy not scabies/bedbugs, negative blood&skintest, contagious, red splotches with hotbath, any clue what it is? No allergies

Cholinergic Hives?: Cholinergic hives/urticaria is a hypersensitive response in the skin as a result of the body increasing in temperature (passively or actively), or the precipitating release of sweat. When an individual is exposed to a heat stimulus (typically in the form of physical exertion, high room temperature, or emotional responses), then the person may begin to feel an stinging or itching feeling on the body. ...Read more

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There are red spot on my body. They gathered on a particular spot. It's already been a week. I even cleaned my bed in case it were bed bugs but the s?

Not sure: You need to give more of an explanation. Are these spots itchy or not? If they are they could be bug bites but not necessarily bed bugs. You should see a doctor preferably a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to remove bed bugs?

How to remove bed bugs?

Bed Bugs: Some professional exterminators use portable devices to raise the temperature of a room to a lethal temperature. All stages of bedbugs can be killed at 122 f (50 c). In some cases, you may have to throw out heavily infested items such as mattresses or couches. ...Read more

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How dangerous are bed bugs?

How dangerous are bed bugs?

Not: They are annoying and all bites can potentially become infected if one scratches the area and gets a secondary skin infection from the bacteria already on one's skin. But they are not dangerous (venomous). ...Read more

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How come I don't react to bed bugs?

Some: Some patients are blessed with the ability to not react to the bug bites while others have much more pronounced reactions. ...Read more

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Scabies (Definition)

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