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Scabs: Introduction

Scabs: Skin crusting over to form scans. See detailed information below for a list of 15 causes of Scabs, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Scabs:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Scabs. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Scabs: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Scabs, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Scabs Treatments

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Stories from Users for Scabs

Real-life user stories relating to Scabs:

Message Boards for Scabs

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Diagnostic tests for Scabs:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Scabs. Some of these are listed below :

  • Examination of skin
    • Examine characteristics of the scabs. Are the scabs thin, delicate and friable; or are they thick and adherent
    • What colour are the scabs. Scabs that are yellow are formed from dried serum. Scabs that are green or yellow-green are formed from pus-like discharge. Scabs that are brown or dark red are formed from dried blood
    • Note the distribution of the skin affected - i.e. focal or diffuse (e.g. focal scabs may suggest fungal skin infection, scabies, contact dermatitis, skin tumor, nummular eczema or impetigo; diffuse rash may suggest psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus or tinea versicolor; blisters and scabs in shingles occur in a dermatomal distribution.
    • What areas of the body does it primarily involve i.e. Extremities, face, trunk? - will help determine the cause (e.g. extremities may suggest atopic dermatitis, tinea, psoriasis or insect bites; front of the knees include psoriasis and dermatitis herpetiformis).
    • Are the lesions all at the same stage of evolution - e.g. chicken pox is characterized by starting as papules (red raised spots), then change to blisters which then scab over. The three stages present together.
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Scabs: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Scabs may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Scabs

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Scabs. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Organs affected by Scabs:

The list of organs typically affected by Scabs may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Scabs

The list below shows some of the causes of Scabs mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Scabs?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Scabs. Of the 15 causes of Scabs that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 12 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Scabs:

The following list of conditions have 'Scabs' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Scabs Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Scabs based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Scabs?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Scabs, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Scabs:

    Medical Conditions associated with Scabs:

    Blisters (426 causes), Sores (467 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes)

    Symptoms related to Scabs:

    Skin rash (461 causes), Skin ulcers, Bleeding symptoms (1783 causes), Bruises (348 causes), Skin blisters (426 causes), Blisters (426 causes), Skin injury, Eczema (227 causes), Impetigo, Cold sores (3 causes), Chicken pox, Shingles, Pemphigus vulgaris, Psoriasis, Self mutilation (50 causes)

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