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Do bed bug bites look like scabies?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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 >.

In brief: 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 >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show as fast as 1 hour or may not show for several days after being bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions with a clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually in areas that are exposed while sleeping-arms
Dr. Heidi Fowler
shoulders,neck & legs.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics
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In brief: See below

Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch.
It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, may look scattered. Scabies rashes are not bites but reactions to the scabies feces and body parts and often look like a line or burrow.

In brief: See below

Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch.
It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, may look scattered. Scabies rashes are not bites but reactions to the scabies feces and body parts and often look like a line or burrow.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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