How can I test myself for scabies?


If you suspect you have scabies, it is important to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. However, if you want to check for possible symptoms of scabies, you can look for the following:

  1. Intense itching, especially at night, that can be accompanied by a rash or small bumps on the skin.
  2. Burrow-like tracks on the skin, which may appear as thin, raised, or grayish-white lines. These are often found in the folds of the skin, such as between the fingers, around the waistline, and on the wrists.
  3. Red or inflamed patches on the skin, which may be accompanied by tiny blisters or pimple-like bumps.

To confirm a diagnosis of scabies, your healthcare provider may perform a skin scraping to examine under a microscope for signs of mites, eggs, or fecal matter. They may also diagnose based on the characteristic rash and symptoms. Treatment usually involves prescription medication to kill the mites and relieve symptoms.

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