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How can you tell the difference between scabies and herpes?

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

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...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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How can I tell if I have scabie or herpes?

Scabies vs Herpes?: 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, feet, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks ; genitalia.Herpes lesions are often found on the lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, ; even eye. ...Read more

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Is scabies a form of herpes?

Is scabies a form of herpes?

No: As my colleagues point out no. Totally different life forms. Not related. ...Read more

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Could a really bad case of herpes look like scabies?

Could a really bad case of herpes look like scabies?

Not likely: 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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Can scabies cause other symptoms like feeling run down an anxious? The doctor said it was scabies and not herpes but I'm still nervous.

Can scabies cause other symptoms like feeling run down an anxious? The doctor said it was scabies and not herpes but I'm still nervous.

Technically no: But the fact that you have scabies may have been emotionally upsetting and that can make one feel nervous and run down. If it persists, then see your doctor. You may need some abs...Sometimes anemia or nutrient deficiencies can also make one feel run down. Anxiety definitely wears on out as well.... ...Read more

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Hello Dr. My daughter is just 1 year old she got some skin problem but we r confused whether its scabies or herpes. 1 Dr. Said herpes & other Scabies.

Hello Dr. My daughter is just 1 year old she got some skin problem but we r confused whether its scabies or herpes. 1 Dr. Said herpes & other Scabies.

Skin Rash: Rashes are difficult to diagnose at times, and some in the early stages look similar. Scabies tends to be more diffuse in Ethernet the fingers, in the skin folds and along the diaper line. Herpes tends to be in one place. That being said it is unclear why you are going to see multiple doctors for the same rash. Try to see your pediatrician or FP if the rash changes then they can see the progres ...Read more

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Tingle/crawling feeling on face, fluid filled pimples, redness, wake up itchy, pimples come in a group, sometimes lined up, scabies? Herpes? Impetigo?

Tingle/crawling feeling on face, fluid filled pimples, redness, wake up itchy, pimples come in a group, sometimes lined up, scabies? Herpes? Impetigo?

Uncertain: This could be recurrent viral infection such as herpes or dyshydrotic eczema or infection of other type. Without knowing the rest of your health status this is best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between scratches from playing or scabies?

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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How can you tell the difference between eczema and scabies?

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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How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

How can you tell the difference between eczema an scabies is there different symptoms for each one?

Similar symptoms: Scabies occur usually on wrists, between fingers, groin, axilla, buttocks and neck. Eczema usually occurs on backs of knees, flexural folds, hands and neck. Sometimes eczema and scabies can look similar. You need to be seen by a skin doctor to get a scraping if you think you might have scabies. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between scabies or bedbugs?

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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How to tell the difference between an allergy or scabies? I am itchy all over including my face, hands, buttocks ankles etc.

How to tell the difference between an allergy or scabies? I am itchy all over including my face, hands, buttocks ankles etc.

Dermatologist: Scabies is diagnosed by taking scrappings of a suspected lesion and looking under the microscope and seeing the bug or trailings. It most commonly effects the hands. While a generalized rash may indicate an allergic reaction but there are multiple other causes of your symptoms. See a dermatologist to start. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between scabies and dyshidrotic eczema? Went to check the doctor and he said that it the bumps and blisters look like eczema but I had scabies 2 years ago. Thanks

How to tell the difference between scabies and dyshidrotic eczema? Went to check the doctor and he said that it the bumps and blisters look like eczema but I had scabies 2 years ago. Thanks

Location/appearance: The dyshidrotic eczema is typically found on palms of hands, front of fingers or bottom of feet, scabies on the trunk and backside of hands & fingers. The skin defect differs. ...Read more

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I get these lesion looking things that look like herpes on my penis but I don't think it is. I get them and they go away and comeback. Looks like scabes? Help! I'm scared

I get these lesion looking things that look like herpes on my penis but I don't think it is. I get them and they go away and comeback. Looks like scabes? Help! I'm scared

Lesions: There are several different conditions that could cause repeated lesions on the penis. Not only herpes. The best thing would be for you to get checked by a doctor when you have the spots so that you can get the right diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How can you tell difference between herpes and just a pimple?

How can you tell difference between herpes and just a pimple?

Herpes simplex: Herpetic lesions form blisters which break down into shallow ulcers that are painful and tender. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between follicultis and herpes

How can you tell the difference between follicultis and herpes

Skin: Discerning: So,

the simple answer is that herpes is very painful. It often appears initially as a cluster of blisters and then the top of the sore deteriorated and there is open sores underneath.

Folliculitis can be an infection or an irritation of the skin. It is not usually blistering or as painful as herpes.

Googling skin rashes is a good way to see text book pictures of the various diagnoses. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between pimple vs herpes?

How to tell the difference between pimple vs herpes?

Herpes simplex: A "pimple" is generally a raised red area that may be topped with a little spot of pus. A herpetic lesion is generally a blister that opens and reveals a shallow ulcer that is quite tender and painful. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between hemorrhoids vs herpes?

How to tell the difference between hemorrhoids vs herpes?

Hemorrhoids - herpes: A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein at the anus or in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are deep to the anus. External hemorrhoids are outside of the anus. A hemorrhoid is a bump that can cause pain, bleeding ; may itch. Local symptoms from herpes simplex 2 infection consist of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can coalesce followed by crusting over. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

By proper testing: The lesions caused by either are usually different. Under any circumstances, the lesions need to be seen by a competent physician. Because the treatment and long term implications are so different, you should get checked for herpes first. If negative, latex allergy can be diagnosed with proper testing. For this testing, see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell the difference between Fordyce spots and herpes?

Is there a way to tell the difference between Fordyce spots and herpes?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between herpes fordcye or irritation from braces?

See a Pro: Herpetic ulcers, Fordyce granules, and mechanical irritation from braces are three separate things. Ask your qualified orthodontic specialist to examine you and advise you as to your requirements. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between folliculitis and herpes?

Look & symptoms: Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid). Folliculitis tends to be itchy rather than painful, does not tend to be localized to one area other than being associated with a hair follicle and shows up as a red bump or acne like pustule rather than a blister. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between gential warts and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between gential warts and herpes?

By exam: They really do not look anything alike or have similar symptoms so these would not likely be confused. Herpes causes a itchy or painful ulcerated lesion. A doctor with experience should be able to tell these two apart. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between body acne and herpes?

How can I tell the difference between body acne and herpes?

Easy: Someone in basic good health will not have a lasting generalized herpes rash. Herpes is little blisters, generalized herpes simplex is usually caught on the wrestling mat, looks like chicken pox and is gone in a few days, and probably hurts more than acne. All acne is manageable; if it's on your trunk you'll probably need systemic treatment from your physician. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between razor burn and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between razor burn and herpes?

Razor Burn & Herpes: Razor burns are initially caused by the act of hair being pushed back into the follicle during the process of shaving. As a result, the follicles become inflamed and the skin turns red - may develop an ingrown hair and/or larger bumps. Herpes, however, forms small painful blisters. They usually appear as small fluid-filled painful blisters on the skin and mucous membrane of the body. ...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