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Is scabies a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed? Is a rash that is the result of scabies commonly misdiagnosed by general practitioners? .

Is scabies a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed? Is a rash that is the result of scabies commonly misdiagnosed by general practitioners? .

Yes: It is under and over diagnosed. A positive skin scraping can prove if it is scabies without guessing. However, if the scraping is negative, a person may still have scabies --in other words a confirmatory test is helpful but a negative one does not absolutely rule it out. Finding burrows makes the diagnosis likely; short, wavy, scaly gray lines on the skin surface, usually on the hands or feet. ...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


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Is scabies a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed? Is a rash that is the result of scabies commonly misdiagnosed by general practitioners? .

Is scabies a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed? Is a rash that is the result of scabies commonly misdiagnosed by general practitioners? .

Hard to answer: Scabies can be easily misdiagnosed especially in children by not having a high index of suspicion. The more experience any physician and diagnostic skills thate he or she has, theeasier it is to diagnose and treat conditions. This is one of the main reasons we tend to specialize in different areas of medicine. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with scabies but Noone in the house has it and I feel she was misdiagnosed. The rash is on her face and none between fingers or toes.?

Diagnosed with scabies but Noone in the house has it and I feel she was misdiagnosed. The rash is on her face and none between fingers or toes.?

Return To Doctor: Scabies is caused by a mite that burrows into skin causing inflammation/itching. Close contacts can become infested however it is possible for household members to remain unaffected. A questionable diagnosis can be confirmed by microscopic exam of skin scrapings. See your doctor to discuss your concerns and for re-examination. Your doctor may also consider referral to a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Currently I have severe itching with no rash. Previously I had a rash, was misdiagnosed with scabies then with dermatitis, given steroids which helped?

Currently I have severe itching with no rash. Previously I had a rash, was misdiagnosed with scabies then with dermatitis, given steroids which helped?

Eczema: Is commonly known as the "itch that rashes" as opposed to rash that itches because the itching precedes the rash and it is the scratching that results in the presence of the rash. People with allergic problems, regardless of the type, asthma, hay fever, food allergy, all these are associated with eczema. The best treatment is to find out what you are allergic too. For now try Claritin (loratadine) and see doc. ...Read more

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Doctor diagnosed me with hot tub folliculitis. Got bumps 2 weeks after hot tub. Been itchy for almost 2 weeks. Could it be misdiagnosed scabies?

Doctor diagnosed me with hot tub folliculitis. Got bumps 2 weeks after hot tub. Been itchy for almost 2 weeks. Could it be misdiagnosed scabies?

Possibly: But without seeing you and the ability to examine these lesions there is no way to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does scabies commonly occur in the us?

Does scabies commonly occur in the us?

Still too common: Scabies happens in every town and every city in the United States. No parts of the country are immune from scabies. Even one case is too many. The key is to treat patients early, when they first start itching, so they don't keep passing scabies to others. Also, treating entire families at one time helps get rid of the mites. ...Read more

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Are scabies white.

Are scabies white.

Scabies: Scabies in people is cause by a mite called Sacroptes Scabieivar. Hominis. Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made w 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. You aren't likely to see mites. ...Read more

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How serious is scabies?

Define serious: For the person who has it, it can cause horrible itching, but it's certainly not life threatening. The "serious" thing about scabies is that it's highly contagious, which can be a big problem in places like nursing homes, medical wards or group homes. ...Read more

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What's done for scabies?

Scabies: If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. Second, you will have to clean (ie. Hot water in machine the clothes, bedding and towels you have come in contact with). There may be some things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. You can put. ...Read more

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What happens post scabies?

Scabies: After being treated you may still itch for 2 to 4 more weeks until the allergic reaction has completely resolved. ...Read more

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I've had scabies for 3 months?

See a doctor: You should see a doctor so that they can prescribe you some medications that will help you. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have scabies?

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

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I have scabies and I need help?

First, make sure...: ...That you do have scabies. There are many itchy rashes that can be mistaken for scabies, even by doctors. A dermatologist will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. If it is scabies, make sure everyone in your household is treated at the same time, whether they are itching or not. ...Read more

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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 more

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I have scabies what do I do first?

A bunch: I agree with dr. Eitner. If you have scabies it can require a fair effort to get rid of it. First, you and all the members of your household will need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, and crotamiton. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have scabies?

Scabies sxs: Hello, 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. Your physician or your dermatologist can make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have scabies had them for three months?

You need to: See a qualified doctor and get your infection treated properly, and be careful you're not being reinfected by someone or something in your environment. ...Read more

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Tell me what is scabies and what causes it?

Scabies cause: Scabies is caused by an infestation of a mite that lives in and burrows into the skin. It presents as an extremely itchy eruption on the body. Often areas like the waistline, around the bellybotton and between the fingers and toes can be worst. ...Read more

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How are scabies caught? What does it come from?

Transmission.: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. ...Read more

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How is scabies transmitted from person to person?

How is scabies transmitted from person to person?

Skin 2 skin contact: Usually prolonged skin-to-skin contact. *not* usually through a quick hug or handshake. Easy to get from your sexual partners or other folks in your household. Crusted scabies [norwegian scabies] can spread through shared towels, clothing and bedding. ...Read more

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Are scabies red?

Can be: 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. ...Read more

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Do I have scabies on skin?

Do I have scabies on skin?

Hard to say: Without more information. Rashes are nearly impossible to evaluate without actually seeing them. ...Read more

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Scabies is curable or not?

Yes, absolutely: Scabies is a mite infestation on the skin. It is normally not difficult to cure. It is usually treated with a topical cream and some measures taken to decontaminate the home and bedding. The diagnosis of scabies is made by a skin scraping test. Also, just because a doctor says you have scabies doesn't mean it is correct. A skin scraping test is the only definitive test to confirm scabies. ...Read more

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Can scabies live on razors?

Scabies: Although scabies cannot lay eggs anywhere else but in their burrow, they can survive for 72 hours without a human host. Even after a human infestation is eradicated, personal items such as linens, clothing and sheets need to be washed in hot water and dried on hot air. Items that cannot be laundered may be stored in plastic containers for a few days. ...Read more

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What is remedy for scabies?

Agree w Dr. Dohan: Additionally -- It 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 like pillows that can’t go in the wash. Place them in a big plastic bag & tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 ...Read more

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Will mitactin kill scabies?

No: No see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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