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How To Tell If You Have Scabies
Diagnosing scabies: Scabies is an infestation with a microscopic mite. It generally itches worse at night, and involves the spaces between fingers, underarms, waistline, and groin. I will treat proactively with a history of 2-3 weeks of itch, worse at night, and not responsive to topical measures. Family members itching helps clinch the diagnosis. The skin test is too unreliable, which is why i treat on history alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Med eval: Your doctor or a dermatologist can make an accurate diagnosis for you. Scabies can cause intense itching which worsens at night. If you check your skin you can see little burrows made by small blisters and bumps in skin folds. Places you might find them include your armpits, inner elbows, between your fingers, on your feet, around the buttocks, genitalia and breasts. ...Read more
Get accurate: diagnosis first. Scabies is a contagious disease spread by mites (Sarcoptes Scabiei) that burrows into the skin and lays eggs. Symptoms of scabies can include very thin lines noted on the skin, rash between the finger, sores from scratching and itching which is worse at night. Scabies can take effort to get rid of. 1st, you & all members of family need to be treated. Ivermectin is effective for > ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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