Difference Between Scabies And Water Fleas?

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…I’ve been to 4 different general practitioners…rn2 doctors diagnosed water germsrnyg 2 more doctors diagnosed scabiesrnWhat are the differences and characteristics of the disease? thank you

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Hi atep,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Scabies (scabies) is an infection caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabeii. This disease is certainly different from water fleas caused by fungi. But indeed, both can have almost similar clinical manifestations.

Scabies generally appears as skin lesions that are bumpy, itchy, fluid-filled, and often contain pus. In addition, on the skin of people with scabies can also be found tunnels where the entry and development of mites. Scabies often appears in the folds of the body, such as the armpits, neck, groin, genitals, anus, between the fingers, and so on.

Water fleas are not really a medical term. Water fleas are more of a general term that is often used to describe a fungal infection of the skin that causes a fluid-filled rash. There are many fungi that can infect the skin that can cause clinical symptoms resembling water fleas, including tinea versicolor (phlegm), cutaneous candidiasis, tinea penis, tinea manum, and so on. Generally, a rash due to a fungal infection is characterized by a reddish color and a round shape resembling an island. This rash appears more reddish and feels more itchy at the edges than in the center. The rash also often peels, scales, and causes intense itching.

To distinguish the two conditions above, you need to see a doctor directly. With direct inspection, the diagnosis of scabies and water fleas is generally not a difficult thing. If necessary, the doctor can also perform an ink test or skin scraping examination to assess the possibility of scabies.

In the meantime, you should first try the following:

Not scratching or forcibly peeling skin rashes that appear Take regular baths 2x a day, wash hands and feet diligently Wear clean clothes and footwear Do not exchange clothes or towels with other people Do not apply any medicine to skin rashes without advice from a doctor Hope this helps..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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