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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

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

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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. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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Are bed bugs often mistaken for scabies?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
532M people helped
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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Help! can bed bugs be diagnosed as scabies?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Are bed bugs scabies?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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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How can you differentiate between scabies aczema and bed bugs?

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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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Do bed bug bites look like scabies?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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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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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Could scabies be mistaken for bed bug bites?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. John Chiu
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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?

Dr. John Chiu
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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?

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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