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How to Get Rid of Scabies

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Alas, the first sign of a scabies outbreak is likely to be bite marks. However, one of the first problems you’ll encounter is trying to determine whether the cause of your problem is scabies or bed bugs. A scabies outbreak can be hard to differentiate from bed bug infestations because scabies bites and bed bug bites look similar. They are, however, very different critters:


How Bed Bugs Are Different from Scabies

While bed bugs feed on your blood from outside, scabies do it inside of your body. Unlike bed bugs, which will suck your blood from atop your skin, scabies will tunnel under your skin to feed and lay eggs. Add to that the fact that scabies are microscopic in size and you can see (or, actually, you can’t see) the extent of the problem.


Here's what scabies look like up close:


xray of scabies and scabies mites

How to Identify Scabies Bites


While bed bug bites do resemble scabies, they are different. Scabies is generally rash-like in appearance and tends to itch more at night. However, their biting and burrowing don’t occur at any particular time of the day or night. And the resultant itching can be located almost anywhere including your wrists, joints, fingers and back.


Plus, unlike bed bugs bites, scabies burrows look like grayish-white, raised lines. Scabies mites tunnel under the skin to lay eggs, which causes that intense itching. Unfortunately, once those eggs hatch, worse is to come: the resultant larvae burrow right back into the skin, causing even greater irritation.


To get rid of scabies, you have to take action immediately. Scabies mites are highly contagious, and if you have had prolonged contact with someone who is infected, there’s every likelihood that you could become infected. If you suspect that you’re the victim of a scabies you should visit your doctor right away.


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