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Could a really bad case of herpes look like scabies?

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Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology
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In brief: Not commonly

Herpes as a rule appears as painful grouped blisters on one side of the body.
Scabies as a rule appears as scattered itchy bumps or blisters most often on hands, elbows but can be widespread on both sides of the body.

In brief: Not commonly

Herpes as a rule appears as painful grouped blisters on one side of the body.
Scabies as a rule appears as scattered itchy bumps or blisters most often on hands, elbows but can be widespread on both sides of the body.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not likely

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: Not likely

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. Barbara Stark Baxter
Scabies lesions are red bumps, not open sores or blisters. They really look different. A bad case of herpes would have lots of weepy, open, bloody sores. A bad case of scabies looks more like chiggers or mosquito bites.
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