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What's the difference between herpes and scabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology

In brief: Herpes/scabies

The former is a viral infection.
The latter is an infection by insects which crawl into the skin. There is virtually no relationship.

In brief: Herpes/scabies

The former is a viral infection.
The latter is an infection by insects which crawl into the skin. There is virtually no relationship.
Dr. Joseph Bark
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