My Dr. said I had scabies, but the dermatologists say it’s Eczema. I’m completely lost. This itch is unbearable. I have bumps all over my body that are very itchy, especially at night. And now my lips have also distended. Is this really Scabies? Dermatologists have treated me with steroid cream. Please help me or give me some advice. I am suffering a lot.
Scabies and problems
This is a common problem faced by people who get scabies. The reason is that it is difficult to determine whether a particular symptom is due to scabies or any other ailment. The reason being the symptoms are somewhat similar – itching and red rashes. Other skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis also have the same symptom.
In such case, it is better to consult a dermatologist as early as possible. Identifying the disease ourselves is not really helpful. Ask your doctor to do any of the two tests to determine whether it is scabies or no:
- The Ink Test.
- The Scrape Test.
The ink test is done to see the burrows of the scabies mites under the skin in order to identify scabies. Below are the steps that a doctor follows to perform this test.
- Look for itchy bumps on the skin, particularly at hands, finger webs, armpits, feet, belt-line, and stomach. Children and teenagers usually contract scabies on the face, scalp, and neck.
- Take a washable wide-tip marker of dark color, and rub around the suspicious bumps.
- Now, ask your doctor to take an alcohol gauge and wipe away the ink. If there's a scabies burrow under the skin, the ink will remains even after wiping it off, showing a dark irregular line.
- If a tiny dark dot is visible at the end of the burrow, these are the scabies mites.
The Scraping Test
Another test to detect scabies is the scraping test. Skin scrapings are inspected for scabies mites and their eggs. To carry out this test, doctors make it sure to take at least four cover slips with visible skin scrapings.
- To diagnose scabies, the doctor tries to locate a mite burrow.
- To accomplish this, the doctor will take a scraping from that area of your skin to examine under a microscope.
- It is not at all painful.
- The scrapings are placed on the slide and are examined under the microscope to determine the presence of any mite or their eggs.
These two tests are dermatologically proven for scabies identification. The patient or the family members can perform the ink test at home easily. However, scraping test cannot be performed at home without the guidance of a doctor.