Misdiagnosis of Scabies


About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Scabies or confirming a diagnosis of Scabies, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Scabies may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Scabies. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Scabies: For a diagnosis of Scabies, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Scabies:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Scabies: Scabies may be confused with other skin irritations such as poison ivy or eczema. To make an accurate diagnosis, a doctor takes a scraping of the irritated area and examines it under a microscope, to reveal the presence of the mite.1

Misdiagnosis cases for Scabies: No cases available yet.

1. excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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