Is anyone else seeing the mites and picking from the skin?
Posted in the Scabies Forum
#1 Nov 25, 2010
Like most of you, I have been back and forth to the doctors over the last 6+ months. I Have used the cream twice and the oral medicine once. Did get some relief but now I am back at square one.
I am certain that they are on my face, scalp, in nose and ears and in my eyes. I have an eye doctor appointment on Tuesday. I am hoping they will see the mites and diagnose me so I can go back to the doctors with solid evidence. I have been told by my doctors that scabies do not go on the face... which I have found to be BS.
I am wondering if any of you have seen the mites or evidence of them and actually picked them off of your skin?
I feel like I am going a little insane and my boyfriend thinks I am nuts. He is losing his patience with me as he cannot see any evidence of a problem.
#2 Nov 25, 2010
There is a resistant strain of mite out there. Yes, some people can see their mites. They are small, but some people can see them. Mine are truly microscopic, though. It is usally the case with significant others, who do not have this, that they do not understand the situation that you are going through, as they don't have it, they don't see it, and at times, there is no evidence of it on your skin, other than a pin pric bite, which you can barely see. So, you will not get much sympathy or empathy from them. As these type resistant mites, are not showing the classic symptoms of regular human scabies, the doctor are reluctant to treat. There are doctors out there that have years of experience and will treat. There was a poster on here who used to scrape her nodules off of her. There have been alot of pickers on this forum, too. The literature is outdated as far as scabies going to the face. They do and you have to be diligent to get them from your face. Applying topicals and cleaning your face often.
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#3 Nov 25, 2010
[Like most of you, I have been back and forth to the doctors over the last 6+ months. a]
I was infested with scabies for 2 YEARS. That's right, two of the most miserable years in my long life.
I had them on my FACE, scalp, balls, shins, pits, chest, belly... you name it... Plus, not only itching and tickling and crawling, but also real-life lesions, which used to BLEED all over the place. Not pleasant at all.
I spent hours going cross-eyed trying to see these little buggers as they crawled across my shoulders or cheeks..
I was absolutely convinced they were scabies for two years.
I tried EVERY treatment I could buy from the pharmacist. I also boiled the clothes and sheets, and scrubbed and ironed and mopped... I was too paranoid to visit friends, etc.
To cut a long story short, in the end, I realized it wasn't scabies. It was something to do with my state of health. I'm not shitting you here. I'm serious.
I was stressed and upset before all this started, and when I started to address those issues, including by Buddhist meditation, it began to correct itself.
I still get tingles here and there, especially around the waistband and perineum, but that's all. NO MORE ITCHING and NO MORE BLEEDING SORES!
So, those bugs "under my skin" turned out to be nothing real; there was something deeper going on, and I seem to have sorted it out with meditation, etc.
Sorry if this sounds wacko. I'm not a nut, I promise.
Just keep your mind open to the possibility that if you can't see them, it's because they aren't there.
And try reading a book called "Teach us to sit still" by Tim Parks. That helped me a lot.
Best of luck.
#4 Nov 25, 2010
If you continue to have odd sores and itching skin... have your doctor run a blood test that includes looking for Vitamin D deficiency and Lupis. TA DA... yes, I think my family and I had scabies, but after much hoopla of cleaning for weeks, oral and topical meds for all (several cycles), and tea tree oil... I am the only one left with odd itchy outbreaks. My clever doctor has finally nailed the issue. Though I may have had Lupis for years, all the stress around the scabies brought it on.
and Lupis attacks come and go... so the gentleman above could have be Lupis. Keep pushing your docs to help you and if they act like you are crazy... ask them to recommend someone else...
#5 Nov 25, 2010
You can also purchase a pocket scope that has 60 to 100 x magnification and have a good look at them.
#6 Nov 26, 2010
I have been trying to figure out what I have, I tried everything and already spent so much money on scabbies treatment online. But not one can cure what I have. I sometimes try to convince myself that it is not real, but then you get the awfull crawling feeling everywhere and that just drives me nuts. I soaked and applied so many different type of chemicals and poisons on me. Still I have not seen anything. Like everyone here Im the only one at home that gets it. I also have been to the doctor and was told I was havig an anxiety attack.
#7 Nov 26, 2010
I had them real bad on my chin line and my forehead. I made a spray of Listerine and water and sprayed it on my face before bed. Make sure you squeeze your eyes shut when you do this and I left it on my eyelids just for less than a minute and then had a wet washcloth ready and just dabbed that on my eyelids to get off the excess Listerine spray. This really helped to get rid of them on my face !
There was another post on here not too long ago about having them in the areas you mentioned and someone said they were bird mites.
Please try not to stress yourself too much. I know they are horrible and extremely stressful but you WILL get rid of them and 'they'(the horror bugs) love it when your stressed.
Since: Nov 10
#8 Nov 26, 2010
It sounds like Span's "every treatment available" worked and the healing of his post scabies began to show improvements whilst he was convinced he was healing his deeper issues.
I'm so tired of people writing about how they tried the conventional treatments, then after about 3 rounds decided to try alternatives and found they "worked" better. Post scabies syndrome is well documented in the literature.
Another gripe is people saying that the Permethrin gave them a nasty reaction and refusing to use it again. It did for me also, but I persisted and, after the first sloughing of mite allergen, reaction was limited to a smattering of allergy type red spots which cleared in a day. Another well documented effect is that of anti parasitic medications causing a reaction to the dying mites rather than the drug itself. Apparently Ivermectin when used for intestinal worms produces nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, but when used for scabies does not as the reaction is to the worms dying not the drug itself.
My point: get the medical treatment/s.
I could not see them at all as I mostly had individual nodules and the only burrows were on the back of my neck and scalp and I couldn't see them close up.
The only time I could actually see the mites/burrows was when I discovered them burrowing underneath my favourite scratching nails. They had only gone in <2mm, so I cut away at that bit of nail and applied the cream which worked to kill them. I took a photo, but not sure how to upload it and it's a bit blurry as it's a point and shoot and it needed to be right up close, Maybe when this is all over I will figure out a way.
At least it convinced me I was on the right track by treating scabies and keep going with the treatments!
Since: Nov 10
#9 Nov 26, 2010
Oh, and treat your face and scalp. This is one thing the doctors are definitely wrong about!
#10 Nov 26, 2010
Hi 'and then there...',
I have had Lupus and it was in remission before all this started. I also had bloodwork done during this and it was still in remission according to the bloodwork. Nevertheless, I'm curious about what your doctor came up with.
Are you saying that you and your family had scabies but you didn't get rid of them because of the Lupus and Vitamin D deficiency? Or are you saying that your infection with scabies stressed you into a Lupus flare up that looked like and felt like more scabies symptoms.
Last week I got more bloodwork done to see where I am. I've been taking vitamin D supps for quite a while now.
If you don't mind me asking, what treatment if any are you on for the Lupus? And have your symptoms completely gone away yet?
#11 Nov 27, 2010
of course the doctor is going to say you are having an anxiety attack. First of all, who likes going to the doctor? Second, who likes going to the doctor for invisible biting mites? Third, we already know the doctors are skeptical about believing us. So, yeah, it's almost an anxiety attack waiting for the doctor to walk through the door of a freezing exam room., etc. don't doubt yourself. have you bought a pocketscope yet? It took me a while to see mine, but I finally was able to identify them after about a year.
#12 Mar 21, 2016
Just wondering if this problem ever resolved for you? I have the same problem. I believe they are demodex mites, not scabies. They are extremely hard to eradicate and doctors don't help much.
#13 Mar 21, 2016
Could be demodex for some people but for most, it is some form of sarcoptic mite.
Since: Jul 15
#14 Mar 23, 2016
Do they itch? If so, they're likely Scabies mites. If not, likely Demodex.
#15 Mar 23, 2016
There is a resistant strain of scabies that does not itch, but you can feel crawling and pinprick bites. These resistant scabies are resistant to permethrin, iver, and albendazole, unless you take prolonged doses of them, which can be quite toxic.
Saint John, IN
#16 May 17, 2017
Actually it's a clear mite in yard there is also the white larvae from them I cought one and low and be hold dang thing almost looks like a whitefly parasite but it is clear and can cause all kinds of problems and there is also black ones that if you get lots of sun and it helps to where they come right out of deep down so if you see black spots in ski remember vitamin drinks, sun light, baby oil, and vitamin D it's self will help
#17 May 18, 2017
This sounds similar to my symptoms. Is there a particular name for the strain that you are aware of?
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