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How is scabies diagnosed?

A doctor can usually diagnose scabies based on your symptoms. Scabies is especially likely if you have had close contact with other people who have had similar symptoms.

Sometimes a doctor confirms a diagnosis by looking for signs of mites on a sample of your skin. The doctor gently scrapes some dry skin from an affected area and then looks at it under a microscope. This test is not painful for most people.

If necessary, your doctor might place a drop of mineral oil on a burrow, take a scraping, and look at it under a microscope to look for the scabies mites or their eggs. This requires an intact burrow though, that hasn't been scratched, so can't always be done. And most kids don't appreciate your scraping their skin with a scalpel anyway. Fortunately, it isn't always necessary, as most doctors can diagnosis scabies by the pattern of symptoms described above.

An ink test is also sometimes done. This involves placing ink on what you think is a burrow, wiping it away, and then seeing if some of the ink remains down inside the burrow.

Scabies is often mistaken for other itchy rashes, particularly if only one child is affected. The main problem is that by the time you see your Pediatrician, your child's itching has usually 'ruined' the burrows, which are the most of the characteristic parts of the rash.

Be sure to ask your Pediatrician about scabies if your child has an intensely itchy rash, especially if other family members or close contacts have or have recently had the same rash. Since it can take 4-6 weeks for the rash to develop, keep in mind that all family members may not have symptoms at the same time.





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