What is the difference between scabies and shingles?

What is the difference between scabies and shingles?

Scabies and shingles may be mistaken for each other.  Shingles is a skin rash, but it is not the same as the scabies rash. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.

Scabies rash is caused by tiny microscopic mites. Other than itchy skin and rashes as symptoms these two ailments are not related.


Scabies Facts:

  • Scabies is a very itchy rash caused by the mite,  Sarcoptes scabiei.
  • Scabies occurs in both sexes, all ages, and all ethnic groups.
  • Scabies is a communicable disease of the skin that is caused by a tiny bug called a mite.
  • Scabies is transmitted when a person’s skin comes into contact with someone else’s skin that is infected.
  • Scabies can also be spread by contact with contaminated undergarments and bedclothes.
  • Scabies has been mistaken eczema, dermatitis, tinea, and syphilis in the developed world.
  • Scabies feed on our blood, so a little borax goes a long way.
  • Scabies are very tiny and can usually only be seen under a microscope.


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