The BEST Microscope for Scabbies

The BEST Microscope for Scabbies

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Vann from Tennessee

Henderson, TN

#1 Jan 2, 2010
Many thanks to benG1 for discovering this great microscope ! What a great design and only $70. WOW! Here is more that I found:

Microscope Fantastic
Superb color photos direct to PC here, only $69:
Example Microphotos by BenG1 here - password Diamond

Your discovery of this microscope was really needed by this entire group!

"...The Veho VMS-004 Deluxe 400x USB Microscope features more powerful 2 megapixel sensor. It allows you to zoom in at up to 400x magnification and save the images on your computer. Simply upload the software provided to your PC, connect microscope to your computer's USB port and begin, you can also record photographic stills and video clips...."

PS) Ben is asking for comments to be added to his photos if you have some expertise on his condition. Please post any comments to Ben here:


Vann from Tennessee

Henderson, TN

#2 Jan 2, 2010
Complete product reviews here. This USB Port photo microscope is fixed at 20x or 400x - more than adequate for our use.


Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#3 Jan 2, 2010
Hi Vann and everyone ;
I thought I'd post a couple of things about using the 'scope ,things I should have done when I first got it !
1.Take some pics of unaffected skin so you have a 'control' set of images to compare against.
2. Do not remove the 'scope's plastic protecting lense as this can lead to contamination and confusion over whether small ,moving black dots are hot pixels or are an organism of some kind.
3. Be sceptical about what you observe and try not to over-interpret and jump to conclusions as anything observed at 400x can appear very alien
4.Make notes of sensations felt at the same as images are recorded and attach to image.
5.Record what treatments have recently been applied and or drugs taken and again attach to image.
6.Do not expect too much from medical people when showing images as they are most likely to be unfamiliar with what's normal themselves.
NB Although the 'scope is fixed at 20x and 400x ,it is possible using the zoom function to capture images between those two values.
I wish everyone a Happier New Year !
Vann from Tennessee

Jackson, TN

#5 Jan 5, 2010
How to identify your affliction. This reference has pictures of every possible mite that you could have.

Take the guesswork out of treating your condition.

Vann from Tennessee

United States

#6 Jan 21, 2010
Here is the Amazon.Com listing:

One additional digital microscope looks good, also at Amazon,$51
* 1.3 mp digital camera for snapshots & video
* 10x to 40x & 150x digital power
* LED illuminator
* Photo management software

Vann from Tennessee

United States

#7 Jan 29, 2010
Video Review here:

PS) Thanks to the photos BenG1 took with this microscope, BenG1 just got a confirmed diagnosis of his condition by the experts here:

Vann from Tennessee

Stanton, TN

#8 Feb 9, 2010
1-More did a GREAT post on using the microscope to help cure the Monster Demodex Mite. We need this valuable message where it can easily be found via thread name. Details here:

Yet another case where doctors [Derm] were useless and 1-More had to see a Vet for help!

Best to all,

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Feb 10, 2010
Here's the microscope they used for the Oklahoma Collembola study with instructions on taking samples. I'm reposting it here. Maybe someone knows a friend or relative in a university biology department (to use their equipment instead of having to buy it). Anyhoo, hope the below info is helpful to someone.-buggie

"Specimen Preparation. Trained personnel prepared all skin scrapings. Prior and subsequent to scraping the skin with a disposable scalpel, symptomatic areas and areas at or around lesions were cleansed with gauze and alcohol. Immediately after being obtained, the scraped material was transferred to a fresh microscope slide with a drop of sterile water, coverslipped and isolated. Between 15 and 35 slides were prepared and examined for each subject. Scrapings were obtained from non-symptomatic controls from regions of the body where most lesions were noted on symptomatic participants.
Specimen Photography and Data Tracking. All slides were viewed using an Olympus BX60 Dual Viewing Microscope. The images that appeared incongruent with normal healthy skin were photographed using a SPOT RGB digital camera and SPOT software version 3.0. Each image was assigned a unique identifier and the magnification of the image was recorded. Images were sized by comparison with images of a B&L micrometer with marks for 0.1 mm and 0.01 mm that were taken at 1003, 2003 and 4003 magnification with the same camera and software used in the clinical study. Initial microscopy was non-blinded; i.e., the clinicians examining and photographing the slides knew that they were from either the study participant or control group."
Vann from Tennessee

United States

#10 Feb 10, 2010
Bitey Said:
"I also got a hand held microscope, celestron, hooked up to my computer so I can examine myself. I look over my body for about 10 minutes a night. It is compulsive but I want to see the enemy! I see black dots, white globs, white round eggs, debris, blood, etc. I monitor these holes in my skin.

I have and love the Celestron handheld digital microscope #44302. It only goes up to 150X but that is enough to see everything. It is horrifying enough without getting a higher power and looking more clearly, I will never take my skin for granted again!"

Many thanks to Bitey for her contribution
4 year battle

New York, NY

#11 May 22, 2010
I have tried the celestron digital microscope and it works good enough

the higher magnification is a bit tough, but for what were using it to identify it works perfectly and for like $55 u cant beat it
Just dont drop it ... lol
$55 it is hard plastic

I have a serious question though

we've been battling scabies or whatever this is for years now

gone for the winter and now springtime we let the cat back upstairs ( dumb move ).. she jumped up on my lap to sit ... and 2 days later boom....
its now back
hence the new microscope

my question is

for the first time
I have caught one and since I can see it I believe its something else..cant see its a parasite with the human eye but you can see it as sort of a tiny speck of dust
and depending on the lighting you may even be able to see it on the go legs & all


I have it on a slide and its twitching and whatnot

where can I have this looked at to confirm what type of mite this is ?

I have made an expensive derm appointment for tomorrow that we really cant afford

they probably wont even look at my specimen just want to skin scrape and charge$$

all they'll do it prescribe perm and we've been there before too many times

I just want to know what this thing is

where can I have the image or specimen viewed and diagnosed?
Zach Quatro

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Aug 30, 2011
Well, scabbies gross me out. Plain and simple. I like to think about more simple things like filmmaking. I get all my equipment here:

Normal, IL

#13 Apr 14, 2013
The facility I work at has been battling scabies for 2 years and I am interested in picking up a microscope and learning proper scraping technique for my own personal endeavors I guess. Suggestions?

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