Diagnostic Tests for Scabies


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Diagnostic Test list for Scabies: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Scabies includes:

  • Skin scraping - analyzed under the microscope

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Scabies: Diagnosis is most commonly made by looking at the burrows or rash. A skin scraping may be taken to look for mites, eggs, or mite fecal matter to confirm the diagnosis. If a skin scraping or biopsy is taken and returns negative, it is possible that you may still be infested. Typically, there are fewer than 10 mites on the entire body of an infested person; this makes it easy for an infestation to be missed. 1

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.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Scabies: DPD
2. excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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