A year with scabies in college my sto...

A year with scabies in college my story.

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#1 Sep 12, 2012
like most of you I sufffered from the terrible mite scabies, ive been symptom free(but still paranoid) for about 4 months now but I still think about it all the time. I am constantly looking to see if other people have symptons so i can stay away from them. I did countless hours of research on this site and all over the internet trying to find a cure.
It all started the spring of my freshman year I started having the typical itchy legs at night but I thought nothing of it. Then one morning I have a painless red spot on my penis head. It was one of the worst mornings of my life as I searched the internet for what it could be. My research was inclusive so I went to the student health center and got STD tested. The doctor didnt think it was anything bad but I was still worried out of my mind. I waited in pure agony praying hoping that whatever it was cureable. I finally got the call, Negative. The dot went away but then another came, still painless I knew it wasnt a typical STD so I tried over the counter medicines to no avail. At this point I wasnt particuarly itchy. I waited till summer and as the dots kept coming and disappearing I had the awful talk with my parents about going to the doctor. She told me it might be a male yeast infection or maybe some sort of mite and gave me a perscription for permethrin and one for a antifungal medicine. Stupidly I had become sure from my online research that it was a male yeast infection and didnt bother with the "mite medicine." I also had bumps on my scrotum at this point. but not bad itching or rash anywhere else. As the summer went on I thought I was getting better. My legs had what seemed like ingrown hairs all over them and I sometimes got water blisters on my fingers but nothing too concerning. I now think that since I worked at a pool the cholrine was keeping the mites at bay keeping the symptons mild. I felt wired the whole summer but never really knew why. I returned to school for football training camp, feeling almost depressed and I did not know why. As the symptoms began to get worse I went again to the health center where I was diagnosed with scabies. The doctor gave me permethrin and I thought I would finally be cured. She didnt know very much about the mite and thought that they couldnt live very long off the body. Needless to say I saw a little relief only to have them come back worse, now not on my penis and balls but upper legs hands and arms. The next 3 months went about the same I went back to the health center at least 3 times getting more medicine (getting the 60 dollar perscription filled at CVS and then slathering myself up hoping to kill the mite. Needless to say I didnt tell a sole in the world about this other than my parents, so I had to keep it it all from my roomate and the other people that lived in my house. All the time being careful hoping I wouldnt spread it to them.
I bought wierd creams on amazon that claimed to work, I tried going to the sauna, I bought oregino oil, nothing I could do would rid me of the symptoms. Or they would only give me a little bit of relief. Needless to say I was going INSANE my grades suffered, I felt depressed all the time, I played poorly in football. WORST of all I knew I had to avoid girls. I had to avoid my ex girl friend who wanted to get back together that summer because I didn't want to give whatever I had to her. All semester I had to stop myself from all pursuit of the opposite sex. It was miserable. Twice when I thought I had finally beat the mite I had one night stands with girls only to see the symptoms return says later. This casued me a ton of stress becasue I couldnt imagine passing on the curse of scabies to anyone else. I eventually made up a fake email adress and pretending to be an anonymous girl who lived with them who was concerned that I might have spread the mite to them. And told them to be careful if they noticed a rash or itching.(This was the best idea I could come up with I couldnt imagine

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#2 Sep 12, 2012
telling people and getting found out as spreading the disease, as all of you know that is not a reputation anyone wants nor one that anyone deserves. A. At this point I had no idea what was scabies what was post scabies, my skin was destroyed and I was just miserable. The same cycle continued until we had winter break and I finally told my mother everything and got an appointment at a dermatologist. As I told you my scabies werent typical at this point, I wasnt really itchy i just had the other symptoms. Sometimes I thought it was just in my head but I couldnt be sure. She couldn't find any real mites but gave me a persription for Stromectol. She assured me it would work. I took it and a lot of my symptoms disappeared. I still wasnt sure enough to risk persuing girls and was still unhappy. I obsessed over the mite and was never sure if they were gone or not(but I was pretty sure I still had them) So I decided to go to the Tractor Supply and buy the horse paste. Im no doctor and Im sure that this wasnt good for me but I began taking the paste a lot. I read that invertin cannot kill eggs so I wanted to be sure I killed all the stages of the mite. I took the paste a lot for the rest of the semester and my symptons began to clear up. I went back to the student health center and found out that although I still had red bumps on my legs it was actually follicitus now because my skin had been so badly destroyed. With the help of the horse paste (BE SURE TO GET THE TYPE THAT JUST HAS INVECTRIN IN IT AND NOTHING ELSE) I began to feel comfortable again talking to girls and perusing them. It was not until the next spring A YEAR after this whole ordeal began that I finally began to be sure I was free of the mite. I was still and still am always checking myself for symptoms of reinfection. At one point this summer I bought more paste because I had water blisters on my hand. I now believe that this is just a normal reaction my skin is going to have, I believe it is called dyshidrosis and I still get them occasionally.

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#3 Sep 12, 2012
I am writing this post scabies free and I hopefully will never have to deal with those mites again. I am still unbelievably paranoid about the mites and I think I always will be. I hope I took something from this experience, it hard to believe but I am thankful and lucky beyond measure that those initially makes on my penis head turned out to be scabies and not anything else. SCABIES IS CURABLE and you will get over it, some diseases are not. I belie my scabies is a result of having relations with too many different girls.(Scabies is considered an STD by many) I was convinced my peers and the media that this was acceptable but its not. It is too dangerous. There was a point in time when I thought a good way to get drunk at a party is finishing off drinking laying around(which is so unbelivebale naive and stupid. People like to joke that in sex Ed they emphasize STDs too much in my opion that dont enought everyone always thinks it cant happen to me, just someone else. I'm not perfect and have slipped up and "hooked up" with girls I didnt intend on contining things with but I hope Ive matured enough to stop that before it is too late. One thing that got me through the experience was knowing that there are worse things even though it doesn't feel like it at the time. Again you till get over it. Every time I itch i fear the mites are back, and I have become a certified germaphobe but I think I am a better and stronger person becasue of my experience.

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#4 Sep 12, 2012
Ill be honest a lot of this post is for me, it feels good to get it off my chest and I hope I can give anyone suffering as I did reasurrence that your not the only one and you will get better. Honestly scabies ruined my sophmore year of college but all I can do is move on. IF ANYONE has any questions please email me at [email protected]

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#5 Sep 12, 2012
Enough with the ranting here is my very unprofessional recomendation for getting rid of scabies. This is only if the tradtional medical route fails you as it failed me

I1. Invertrin horse paste depending on how bad your symptons are try a little bit every day for a week and then phase off.(go to tractor supply or order online make sure nothing but in invertin is in it.)

2. Buy 20 mule team Borax from the store and put it in the wash.

3. Wash all your clothes constantly and change your sheets and blankets as much as possible. Maybe wash and store some of your clothes elsewhere so you can be sure to keep them clean.

4. vaccum and clean other surfaces

5. Buy a bed bug protector for your matress, and pillows so you can be sure the mites cant hide there.

6. Use lotion and neosporin on skin

7. Take skin immune supplements

8.If you are worried about infecting someone else(like someone you shared your bed with), try making up a fake email and warning them, or if you see them a lot watch them for symptoms(thats what i did with my roomate)
YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO HAVE YOUR REPUTATION RUINED BECAUSE OF THIS. YOU DID NOTHING WRONG TO GET SCABIES AND SHOULDNT HAVE TO SUFFER ONCE YOU ARE CURED. Guilt and fear of spreading them was one of the worst parts about having it and step 8 helped me.

9. Above all else be concious that the mites will casue you paranoia and maybe depression but remember ABOVE ALL ELSE THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYONE WHO HAS SCABIES THERE WHOLE LIFE YOU WILL BE CURED

10. Remember stay strong you will get through this

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#7 Oct 15, 2012
that email address mrpibb33 doesnt work so instead email me at mrpepper133, and remember that folluiculitus may be a side affect of your treatments and resemble scabies
Virtual Scabies

Hollywood, FL

#8 Oct 15, 2012
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Colton

Lockhart, TX

#9 Apr 2, 2013
I did not have sex to get this mite i had a friend that stayed the night and we had to sleep in the same bed. I have used the cream at least 10 times i dont know what to do it WONT go away! Ive had it for a year now! Please help!

Since: Oct 12

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#10 Apr 29, 2013
Colton wrote:
I did not have sex to get this mite i had a friend that stayed the night and we had to sleep in the same bed. I have used the cream at least 10 times i dont know what to do it WONT go away! Ive had it for a year now! Please help!
message me and i can try to help you did you read my post? i hope your no longer having problems
klingmac92

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jul 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience! You don't know how glad i am to hear that someone else knows what i am going through. I've been dealing with scabies for 10 weeks and just can't get rid of the little beasts. I've used 4 permethrin treatments (2 tubes used as 2 doses , 7 days apart) and i only got a few days of relief...they always come back. I have also done 2 cycles of ivermectin with similar disappointing results. The worst part is that my doctor refuses to prescribe more, insisting that i have had more than enough to be rid of the mites. I've treated the environment, nearly wearing my clothes out from all the washing. I vacuum and wash sheets constantly, ever afraid i might have missed something. My friends and family think I'm crazy or using drugs...I'm obsessed with them! Every speck on the floor, bed, or my clothes requires close examination. I've resorted to caring a small magnifying glass with me all the time. I'm miserable! My symptoms are also atypical: not very itchy really. Just little red sores that don't want to heal on my legs, arms, and, now my FACE! I'm embarrassed for people to see me. I'm suspicious of everyone, wondering if they have them too and are responsible for my re infection. Another of thing is that in the tons of reach I've done on scabies, most journals talk about them as being microscopic, but the ones i have are quite visible. In the shower, when i soap my body, i can see the larvae and/or nymphs poking out of my skin! I've noticed that soaps with a strong fragrance or with eucalyptus seem to make them poke out of my skin more. I do not know if it irritates them or if they cannot breath. It is like some horror movie! Thanks for the horse paste idea! I've thought about using veterinarian drugs because they are less expensive. I'm ready to burn down my house and start completely over. I cannot imagine an entire year of this. Medical journals say they only live off the body for 48 to 72 hours, i wonder if that is true! I've packed things in plastic bags for a week or more and think they live longer than that? I WILL be cured, and thank you, again, for your post. I had heard of the human itch mite before, but never actually knew anyone with scabies. They are a pain in the ass! I underestimated them in the beginning, and just thought a prescription would do the trick. I'm a 39 year old man, and I'm scared to death of these suckers! Anyone else experienced the shower phenomenon? Any suggestions? Hard to believe that such a tiny bug can wreck your entire life!
Here s to the end

Hercules, CA

#12 Apr 2, 2015
mrpibb33 wrote:
I am writing this post scabies free and I hopefully will never have to deal with those mites again. I am still unbelievably paranoid about the mites and I think I always will be. I hope I took something from this experience, it hard to believe but I am thankful and lucky beyond measure that those initially makes on my penis head turned out to be scabies and not anything else. SCABIES IS CURABLE and you will get over it, some diseases are not. I belie my scabies is a result of having relations with too many different girls.(Scabies is considered an STD by many) I was convinced my peers and the media that this was acceptable but its not. It is too dangerous. There was a point in time when I thought a good way to get drunk at a party is finishing off drinking laying around(which is so unbelivebale naive and stupid. People like to joke that in sex Ed they emphasize STDs too much in my opion that dont enought everyone always thinks it cant happen to me, just someone else. I'm not perfect and have slipped up and "hooked up" with girls I didnt intend on contining things with but I hope Ive matured enough to stop that before it is too late. One thing that got me through the experience was knowing that there are worse things even though it doesn't feel like it at the time. Again you till get over it. Every time I itch i fear the mites are back, and I have become a certified germaphobe but I think I am a better and stronger person becasue of my experience.
I know it's 3 years later. Hope all is well with your. What an ordeal! And in your freshman year!! I'm not sure if you'll see this but did you take the Horse paste orally or topically?
Tara

Milwaukee, WI

#13 Apr 2, 2015
It's nice hear from someone who has been cured after a year! We've been dealing with the little pests for 14 months. I'm finally getting control of them with the Ivermectin horse paste, borax in the wash, Iver + borax solution on surfaces and furniture, and Iver pour-on added to lotion and applied directly to scalp. It's been a good month, so I hope we're done soon.

This sure sucks, doesn't it?

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