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Scabs 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have the scabs been present?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What type of lesion was present prior to the formation of scabs?

    Why: Scabs may form over many types of lesions including blisters (clear fluid filled lesions), pustules (pus-filled lesions), bleeding wounds or any lesion that is itchy and has been scratched.

  3. Are the scabs widespread or localized? If widespread may suggest atopic dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, chickenpox, erythema multiforme, pemphigoid, pemphigus or drug eruption. If localized may suggest pompholyx, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, impetigo, herpes simplex
  4. Location of the scabs and where did they start?

    Why: can help determine cause of scabs e.g. shingles are often on the central trunk; atopic dermatitis often on face and in flexures (such as behind knee); herpes simplex usually on mouth or genitals; chicken pox usually on face, scalp and trunk.

  5. Are the mucous membranes (lining of mouth) affected?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, herpes simplex, Erythema multiforma, Steven's-Johnson syndrome, pemphigoid, pemphigus.

  6. Is there a history of skin injury

    Why: e.g. sunburn, direct cold exposure, direct burn to skin, friction burn to skin (e.g. foot blisters from tight shoes), chemical burn to skin.

  7. Have there been recent insect bites?

    Why: may cause lesions that may later form scabs.

  8. Was there any preceding systemic illness?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, hand foot and mouth disease, herpes simplex, shingles.

  9. Have you had contact with a person with a similar eruption?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, herpes simples, scabies, impetigo, shingles (rarely contagious).

  10. Have you been exposed to anything different lately?

    Why: may suggest an allergy source for atopic dermatitis (eczema).

  11. Do you have an allergic tendency?

    Why: e.g. asthma, hay fever - may suggest tendency towards atopic dermatitis (eczema).

  12. Past History of similar rash?
  13. Past medical history?

    Why: Dermatitis herpetiformis is associated with Celiac disease; Erythema multiforme is associated with Herpes simplex virus, mycoplasma pneumonia, tuberculosis, streptococcus infections, lupus erythematosus, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma; presence of other allergic type conditions such as asthma, hives and hay fever increase the risk of atopic dermatitis.

  14. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause drug eruptions that include blister-like lesions which may later form a scab e.g.sulphonamides, penicillamine, frusemide, barbiturates.

  15. Itchy?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, scabies, impetigo, dermatitis herpetiformis, erythema multiforme, contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), herpes simplex, insect bites, tinea or psoriasis.

  16. Skin pain?

    Why: e.g. In shingles the rash is preceded by several days of skin pain with hypersensitivity; Erythema multiforme lesions may be painful, especially those in and around the mouth.

  17. Fever?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, eczema herpeticum, exfoliative dermatitis, severe allergic contact dermatitis from poison ivy, shingles, hand foot and mouth disease, first episode of herpes simplex.

  18. Nails affected?

    Why: may suggest psoriasis or tinea.

  19. Symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

    Why: e.g. itchy, red, dry, scaling, cracked skin. The typical distribution changes as the person grows older. In infants the rash is usually on the cheeks of the face, the folds of the neck and scalp. It may then spread to the limbs and groin. During childhood a drier ad thicker rash develops in front of the elbow, behind the knees and on the hands and feet, which may be dry, itchy, cracked and painful. Rarely does eczema have an adult onset.

  20. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. may range from faint redness to severe swelling, symptoms are often worse in area around the eyes, genitals and on hairy skin, symptoms are least on hairless skin such as palms and soles. Allergic contact dermatitis is usually confined to the site of exposure to the allergenSymptoms of psoriasis? - e.g. red lesions that enlarge and develop a silvery scale. The commonest sites are the backs of the elbows and knees, then the scalp, sacral areas, genital and nails.

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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