Why Symptoms of Scabies are Often Misdiagnosed?


Scabies is a contagious skin disease that looks similar to other skin conditions. Therefore, a patient often misdiagnosed it in earlier stages. Here are the common signs and symptoms mimicking the other skin conditions.

Why Symptoms of Scabies are Often Misdiagnosed?

The signs and symptoms of scabies are similar to many skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, allergic reactions, insect’s bites, folliculitis, and tinea. Therefore, diagnoses of scabies can be tricky for a patient and they take them as the signs of allergy or insect bites.

Over the time, the condition takes a worse fold as the symptoms like blisters, rashes and burrows become severe. A clinical help is the only resort in this scenario. Here are some common symptoms of scabies that may look like the other skin condition:


Rash is one the common signs in many skin conditions like eczema, poison ivy, bee stings and athlete’s foot. It is marked with the skin inflammation and discoloration affecting the skin’s normal appearance. They may be caused by some skin infections due to the bacteria, parasite, viral and fungal. They may last for more days on your skin. Some common symptoms that are associated with the rashes are blisters, scaling, and skin ulceration while in some cases, a patient can experience skin discoloration, itching, and bumps on the skin. Some of the common skin rashes are stasis dermatitis, nummular eczema, heat rash, and contact dermatitis.


Itching is the major symptom of scabies which gets intense with over the weeks. The other skin conditions that are determined by the itching are infections, bites and stings, chronic diseases, infestations, allergic reactions, sun exposure, and dry skin. A scratching can make the skin condition even worse and can lead to the bacterial infection. Itching can occur with bumps, blisters, redness or rashes.

Skin Lesions:

Skin lesions look like the clusters of tiny red blisters mimicking pimples. Besides scabies, they occur in other skin conditions like chicken pox, cold sore, contact dermatitis, corns, erysipelas, and impetigo. The skin lesions in scabies often outbreak on the areas like back, finger and toes webs, groin, genitals, buttocks, underneath of breasts, neck, armpits, elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles.

So, these are the common signs and symptoms that can be misdiagnosed by a patient in case of scabies. You must see your doctor if you don’t see any improvement.

Treatment for Scabies:

A physician closely observes the signs and symptoms by either touching or performing an ink test. If he is not sure enough, he can take the sample (biopsy) from the skin to put it under microscopic observance. A physician can gauge the severity of scabies after his observance and tests on the symptoms like rashes, tunnels, and burrows.

He prescribes you several topical creams to treat scabies like Permethrin cream, Crotamiton, Ivermectin, Antihistamine, Pramoxine Lotion and Steroid Cream.

If you’re using the medications according to clinical guidelines, you can be recovered from scabies within 4 weeks. However, the second line treatment is prescribed if there is no sign of improvement.

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