Difference between pompholyx eczema & scabies

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Pompholyx eczema and scabies are both skin conditions. They cause itching, rashes and irritation. However, there are some significant differences between the two conditions, including the symptoms, causes and treatments.


The symptoms of scabies are an itchy rash that develops in various areas across the body, including the wrist, elbow, under the arms and around the waist. Young children may also be affected on the face and neck.

Medicine Online describes the symptoms of pompholyx, or dyshidrotic, eczema as an itchy blistered rash that develops on the soles of the feet, on the palms and along the sides of the fingers. The skin may crack, ooze and crust.


Scabies are caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, which is the same mite that causes sarcoptic mange in dogs. The mite burrows into the skin where it lays its eggs. The burrows can be seen as greyish-white lines under the skin.

Dyshidrotic eczema is caused by a genetic allergic response to substances such as nickel, balsam and cobalt, according to Medicine Online. Bacterial infection, stress and anxiety can exacerbate the condition.


Scabies is treated using topical prescription medications called scabicides. Dyshidrotic eczema can be treated with antihistamines, oral steroids or topical corticosteroid creams.