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Possible for a doctor to wrongly diagnose scabies? Been itchy for 6 monthsno rash at all, my partner had just been told he has them but no rash either

Possible for a doctor to wrongly diagnose scabies? Been itchy for 6 monthsno rash at all, my partner had just been told he has them but no rash either

Often misdiagnosed: Scabies is frequently misdiagnosed, especially by non dermatologists. Sometimes, the skin can be scraped and a mite found under the microscope, often a female with an egg inside it. Treatment sometimes does not work well, or make take weeksf or the itching to stop. A skin biopsy may be helpful, read by an expert skin pathologist. Oral treatment with Ivermectin pills usually works to skill mites.

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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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How can I tell if I have scabies I get itchy as soon as start sleeping?

Med eval: Your physician or your dermatologist can accurately diagnose this. 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.

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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.

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What to do for scabies so I'm very sure I have scabies, I have itchy red bumps on my groin, and I'm itchy every where. Today it has never been worse, I orders 10% sulfur soap and it should be here really soon. But my question is should I see out help at a

What to do for scabies so I'm very sure I have scabies, I have itchy red bumps on my groin, and I'm itchy every where. Today it has never been worse, I orders 10% sulfur soap and it should be here really soon. But my question is should I see out help at a

There: There is an over the counter treatment called elimite (permethrin). I believe it is inexpensive. Also remember to wash your sheets/bedding in very hot water, and all affected family member's need to be treated. If the treatments do not work go to the free clinic for an evaluation. Best of luck.

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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.

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Will scabies cause a itchy, burning red rash in the groin area? Bumps that scab over? Or could this be hsv-2?

Unlikely: You are more likely to have painful instead of itchy lesions from hsv-2. Scabies can certainly cause itchy bumps at the groin area and will likely spread if not treated. However there are many other potential diagnoses.

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I have bumps that come and go, more so prominent on my forearms and not in the listed usual places for scabies. Its hardly ever itchy?

I have bumps that come and go, more so prominent on my forearms and not in the listed usual places for scabies. Its hardly ever itchy?

Bumps on forearms: There are multiple things this could be, and it's impossible to say without actually seeing them. BUT, it sounds a lot like a condition called keratosis pilaris. It comes and goes, not itchy or painful, present on the arms, etc. Again, it would be helpful to see it. You might want to look it up on Google and see some photos for comparison. I'd be happy to do a video consult if you'd like tonight.

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Is it possible that my partner has been wrongly diagnosed with scabies? I have been itchy around 6 months with no rash, he's no rash either

Is it possible that my partner has been wrongly diagnosed with scabies? I have been itchy around 6 months with no rash, he's no rash either

Misdiagnose occurs.: Scabies itch is caused by an allergy to the tiny mites, and some people are more allergic and have more itch and rash then others who also have scabies. It one person has scabies in a house hold, then its best to treat everyone living in that household. In nursing homes and hospitals, nurses and other pesonnel can transmit scabies from patient to patient, a mini epidemic and everyone need meds.

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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.

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I don't think I have scabies, yes it's severely itchy and 2 sores visible on one thigh. Whenitching feels like bugs are jumping off me when I itch?

I don't think I have scabies, yes it's severely itchy and 2 sores visible on one thigh. Whenitching feels like bugs are jumping off me when I itch?

See Dermatologist: It basically imposible to diagnose rashes over the computer, and since your condition appears to be troublesome, you should see a skin specialist to getthe proper DX and tx.

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I have no antihistamine at home or lyclear cream to use for my scabies I'm so itchy. What do I have to do to prevent it?

I have no antihistamine at home or lyclear cream to use for my scabies I'm so itchy. What do I have to do to prevent it?

Needs treatment: Scabies rash cannot be treated with antihistamine. You need an anti-mite cream or oral medication to kill them. Even then the itching may linger on for many more days after. See your doctor if otc anti-mite agents failed.

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My son has scabies. Now I'm itchy. I'm 12weeks pregnant. Is it safe to use his permethrin cream?

My son has scabies. Now I'm itchy. I'm 12weeks pregnant. Is it safe to use his permethrin cream?

Yes: The topical use of this medication to treat your scabies is considered safe in pregnancy. It is listed as a category "b" drug, meaning that all current data show no harm to a developing fetus when used as directed.

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My son has scabies. Now I'm itchy. I'm 12weeks pregnant. Is it safe to use his permethrin 5% external cream?

Yes: Should be ok. When someone in the family has scabies, it's best to treat the whole family, as well as making sure bedding, stuffed animals, clothing etc. Are all scabies free as well.

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I have extremely itchy skin all over, it's worse at night and I'm sure it's scabies. Also have an itchy scalp eyes and ears. Too intense! Please help?

I have extremely itchy skin all over, it's worse at night and I'm sure it's scabies. Also have an itchy scalp eyes and ears. Too intense! Please help?

Please see your Dr.: Please see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Many different reasons for itchy skin all over. Scabies is just one of them. If this is scabies, a simple treatment with Permethrin cream applied today and in one week and following some instructions on what to do with clothing and bedding will help you get rid of this itch. If it is not scabies, this itch needs to be evaluated further.

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Mom and I getting bites but no bugs seen. Resulted in severe itchiness. Scabies suspected but no classic symptoms. What else could it be?

Mom and I getting bites but no bugs seen. Resulted in severe itchiness. Scabies suspected but no classic symptoms. What else could it be?

See a doctor: This question requires an in-person exam by a doctor, and depends on what other possible exposures you and your mother have. It's nigh impossible to make an educated guess about this on a forum like this.

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Hello, I have tiny black bugs crawling on my skin. I don't believe it's scabies as it's not very itchy, I just feel small pinches every now and then.

Hello, I have tiny black bugs crawling on my skin. I don't believe it's scabies as it's not very itchy, I just feel small pinches every now and then.

Assessment: I would have this evaluated. Would place one of the bugs in a jar to bring with you for identification purposes. Take care.

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Does a scabies rash, come up, get itchy, and then go away, and come back again? And if so what would it look like?

Does a scabies rash, come up, get itchy, and then go away, and come back again? And if so what would it look like?

Itch may persist: After treatment, the itch of scabies can persist up to a week or two. At that time the rash should be gone even if the itch persists. If after that time and using anti-itch medication, the itching comes back as does the rash- consider retreatment.