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I've tried everything. stromectol pills and cream. Doesn't work. Only for a day. We are now going to an allergist today which I don't know what he will say. I feel them all over my body and can't see them. My boyfriend only has them in his hair. I can actually feel these bugs jumping out of my skin. It is driving me nuts. I bought sulfur shampoo and ointment and only helped a little. I feel them coming out of the skin on my face too. What are these things? Please someone e-mail me at email@example.com and help me with a remedy on how to kill these things. Is this a mite? Am I having an allergic reaction to something? Do I have a medical problem? I went to so many doctors and was treated to no end of this.
Well, back from the allergist and he said that we both have something wrong with the nerve endings and told us to take zyrtec 10mg allergy once at night for two weeks and if we don't feel better we have to have further testing. My god this better work.
I hope this may help some people. I thought I had this problem with feeling things on me but couldn't see these bugs. I tried everything. To my amazement I came back from the allergist and he put me on zyrtec over the counter allergy medicine once at night and one in the morning 10mg. It took a month but I finally don't feel a thing. He explained that I had a bad reaction to something. I never knew that the nerve endings under my skin can make me feel like I have bugs jumping and crawling on me. He said we have nerves all under our skin and when they get hypersensitive they can make you feel like bugs crawling up and down our body, tingling, buzzing and jumping. I still feel a tiny bit but almost gone. He said I have to stay on the zyrtec for a couple of months.
I am infested with gnats as far as I can tell. They have been entering my eyes, nose and ears. This has been going on for a while. I've been to several doctors. No help. I'm losing my mind. It's warming up and I worry spiders will start attacking me in hunt of these insects. Is there any doctors that diagnose and treat this?
I'm am a physician with a strong background in biology and a scientist by nature. I was infested by these pests and tried everything: tea tree oil, borax scrubs, pyrethrin, isopropyl alcohol, sulfur cream, etc. I finally resorted to Ivermectin, which slowed it down enough to get on top of the infestation. I looked at many medical articles, blogs, and scholarly articles in entomology to research what it was and how to treat it. At first, i thought it was demodex mites but the inadequate specimens i had on the microscope didn't look like it and the pattern didn't quite fit. The infestation was mainly on my arms and chest, not face. I finally got a clear specimen that was DEFINITELY a collembola parasite. I showed it to a colleague who confirmed what i saw and compared it to pictures of collembola. This was clearly no delusion.
It's discouraging how much of the literature says that humans aren't affected by this, and it's often stated with certainty. It's even worse that people claiming to be authorities on the topic are mocking the sufferers here and telling them to get psychological help. It discredits my profession and makes us look narrow-minded. Science is about remaining objective and taking in new data for consideration. On the humanitarian side of things, it is discouraging people from seeking the specific help they need!
I too have been battling this problem. I have been in contact with many sufferers.
This is a very real problem, some people believe it is related to a fungal problem or
A co-infection of morgellons. I need advise from a professional who understands this issue!
I have a three year old daughter and my husband is also affected. Take a look at stopskinmites.com
She's the girl that cured herself. Any solid advice would be so helpful! My dermatologist was very unhelpful.
Treat your environment too! This really helped me.
Tetmosol soap seems to help a bit.
Nizoral in your hair is a life saver!
This certainly doesn't replace research and safety studies on thousands of patients, but i can tell you what conclusion i came up with (based on solid medical training) and what helped me. Besides, the current "medical dogma" on this topic is sadly lacking or wrong.
I tried everything topical remedy possible but it was clear this was a burrowing parasite, as evidenced by the small holes that appeared on welts on my skin, and i could feel intense itching that was impervious to any scratching or scrubs. It was no delusion that there were tiny "tracks" from something on my skin. It didn't fit the pattern of scabies because it didn't start in folds and wasn't contagious to anyone around me. I know for sure, i saw a couple of microscopic springtails on my microscope and others saw what i did. It may have been incidental, but it's hard to believe, out of thousands of species, many unknown, that none of them could burrow into human skin; especially if they can feed on wood and other matter.
Like many others here, the dermatologist was no use and had no clue. He couldn't even accept i had a burrowing mite and initially diagnosed me with flea bites, even though i haven't seen any, I treat my dogs regularly, and there were far too many papules on my skin for it to be fleas. I would have to be covered in them to get that many "bites" (which is what he called them). Like most derms, he wanted to prescribe a burst of prednisone, which is what should NOT be done for parasitic infections because it lowers immunity and allows them to propagate uninhibited.
I finally took ivermectin in 2 doses. The first dose slowed it down but the itching returned within a few days. My guess is that the next hatching of eggs occurred and they are impervious to chemicals. I followed up the second dose a week later to catch the next round hatching. Within ~4 hours, the itching went away and i was able to sleep, itch-free, for the first time in weeks. Since then, I've followed up by spraying a solution of 10% permethrin (bought from amazon for gardens) and witch hazel. Medical grade permethrin only goes up to 5% and didn't seem strong enough. The permethrin is being used to catch any residual insects/mites that might be present. I'm also taking zyrtec daily because it's the best antihistamine to reduce itching. A prescription kenalog cream is helping to calm down the angry rash these things caused, but i make sure to combine it with the permethrin so something is able to fight the parasite.
I chose ivermectin b/c it's used to treat parasitic infections worldwide. It's often used for treatment resistant scabies. If you can't find a Dr. willing to prescribe it, it can be found in vet supply stores. Do not take more than 200mg/kg, b/c it can be hard on the kidneys and liver.
I hope the medical profession catches up to this and more research comes out. It was a very miserable experience! I know this wasn't "delusional" because my symptoms went away after proper treatment. The dermatologist still wouldn't acknowledge that it killed anything in my skin. He just thought it made fleas stop biting that night. As if they would suddenly stop itching like mad too?
Don't feel bad folks, they don't listen to other doctors either!
Oh, i forgot another important ingredient. I got 10% sulfur cream and use it in affected areas daily. According to most info, these bugs feed on fungus and other decaying material, so it reduces their food supply (sulfur is an antifungal). I'm still trying to figure out why they preferred me and not anyone else around me. One thought was that i had been hauling wood that had been sitting out for a long time during hot humid weather. It first attacked my arms and chest, which is where my skin would have contacted the wood. Sulfur is also a natural pesticide, although not as potent as permethrin. Permethrin is also not a known teratogen or as toxic as the organophospate pesticides.
I accidently typed Mg instead of mcg (micrograms) for ivermectin. Just to make it clear, ivermectin is 200mcg/kg. It's been used by ~6 million people world-wide and no known dangerous side effects. I didn't have ANY. Just relief. Make sure not to delay the follow-up dose too long; otherwise the arthropod will have time to mature and reproduce more eggs. Then the whole cycle starts over.
I think I had/have the misfortune to have what appears to be a collembola infestation too.
- health conscious, normal weight, no skin issues whatsoever in childhood
Just turned 30 and getting depressed as we speak anbout this issue.
It all started when I got a new french bf in december who was chronically itchy. He suspected he had scabies so i threw him out and my way of ensuring I wasn't infected was to douse myself in essential oils every day (bad idea - i got dermatitis as a result)
One day mid January I wore this fur jacket (it was insanely cold outside) that's been in storage in a wardrobe in my bathroom for 3 whole years. Sitting in a heated terrace for a drink with the jacket on, I fel somethings biting me all over. It was scary but I didn't tell anyone cus I thought I finally was displaying itchiness from the scabies.
The bites were horrible, I could actually feel this thing drilling into my skin to get underneath it. I got the bites in my nose, on my scalp, all over my legs and arms, in my torslo etc. When I went home, I dumped everything I was wearing into a large plastic bag and threw it straight in the garbage (700 euro worth fur jacket, 300 euro worth boots )
I tried a salt and vinegar bath, and then coated my body in diatamaceious earth and went to bed. The next day I could SEE these creatures crawling under my skin. There were small bumps on my calf, moving aroundL I could see AND feel them. Convinced I had scabies, I went to the Emergency of a hospital and told them what I thought I had. The idiotic doctor didn't bother to check my skin and just went on to prescribe ivermectin.
By then I was going quiet nuts and took a slightly higher than necessary dose of ivermectin. The next day I thought I was dying along with the bugs inside of me. I had to FORCE myself to breathe, my central nervous system probably coudln't handle it.
In the next few days I displayed symptoms of morgellons - black specks coming out of my pores - in my arms and legs and all over my back. THat's when I realized that it wasn't scabies. I even saw one of the springtails sitting on my laptop screen, a tiny white creature.
Scared ****, I went to the dermatologist who said said all of this was in my head. I had no scabies of course, and all I had was eczema from the essential oils. This was the worst crisis in my life and I had nowhere to turn to to and nobody to tell what was going on.
In the next few days I fumigated the apartment with indian incense and change sheets every day, had endless baths and showered with sulphur shampoo. I could feel the crawling under my skin but couldn't see anything at that point. I think I got rid of them in the environment in my apartment when I smoked it by accident (my pillow caught fire when I tried to heat it in the oven, resulting in the whole tiny apartment smoking up entirely)
All of that was two weeks ago. Since then, I've taken time off work and tried to deal with this whole pool of crap.
It seemed to be getting better.
When suddenly in the last few days I've been breaking out with really bad eczema on my left arm and neck. THe hives have travelled all the way up to my face. The atopic eczema on my neck is so bad it's red and swollen and my glands hurt when I swallow.
My question is, if those initial collembola laid eggs in me, how long would they take to hatch? I was hoping the Ivermectin I took the night after getting infected would have killed all the eggs. But now I'm seriously worrying. Starting this morning, I feel a little tingling/buzzing/vibrating in the lower right part of my abdomen. Do you think those things have laid eggs in my internal organs? After two weeks of inactivitiy is it possible they're coming to life?
I'm petrified in my seat right now. I can takethe worst case of eczema any day, I don't want the collembola to come back. If anyone's had this experience, please tell me what you think?
In 2004, an article in the Journal of the New York Entomological Society claimed that individuals with delusory parasitosis actually suffer from collembola infestations. The article has been critiqued for poor methodology and results that contradict all knowledge about collembolans. Less easily accounted for has been a figure in the article purporting to show a collembolan in a skin scraping. The image appears to have been altered using photo manipulation software to an unacceptable degree, and this paper demonstrates that to be the case. The altered figure represents creation of nonexistent data, a form of scientific misconduct. Whether the deception is deliberate or a product of an otherwise well-meaning author ignorant of the limits of acceptable image manipulation is unknown, but the result is peer-reviewed support for a conclusion that complicates patient treatment. In the current era of computers, even regional entomology journals must have detailed standards for what kind of images and image manipulations are acceptable for publication.
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