Confusing Diagnosis
Ksssss13

Cambridge, MA

#1 Jan 20, 2013
I've had a problem with itchy skin during the winter for years so this November when the itch came back I didn't really think anything of it. I frequently scratch to the point of giving myself a rash. A month or two ago I noticed little bumps on my hands that were super itchy. I had chalked it up to dry skin till I started googling last night and began to panic that it was scabies.
This morning I made an appointment with urgent care because I was so freaked out. I told the nurse practitioner that I thought I had scabies and without even looking at my rash he said "ok we treat that with over the counter medicine," which I didn't think was true based on my research. Then I asked if he was sure that's what it was and held out my hand and arm and said "they definitely look like bug bites." He left and came back with an info sheet on "insect bites" and told me to pick up cortisone cream and permethrin cream at the drug store. So I asked again if it was scabies and this time he said he didn't think so because it was all over not just localized in the typical areas and because I hadn't travelled recently or been exposed to anyone who had it. He said they were probably bug bites from fleas or something. Then I asked if my bf or roommates needed to be treated and he said not if they don't have symptoms.
I left feeling skeptical about the diagnosis and went to the pharmacy to get the creams. Turns out you do need a script for perm. So I call the office and they call it in for me. I get home and read the instructions and it says perm is for scabies.
I don't know what to think. I changed the bedding and am taking everything to a laundromat tomorrow and I applied the permethrin a few hours ago. I know the NP said he didn't think it was scabies but I'm still convinced. And the medication he gave me is for scabies anyway.
A couple questions since the NP didn't really explain: if it were scabies would my bf def have itchy symptoms by now and should he go to the doctor anyway just to be safe? How will I know if the permethrin is working? And how do you treat upholstered areas like couches that can't be washed?
Here are pics if anyone recognizes this as scabies... http://postimage.org/gallery/83uot0zi/
misery_in_au

Winston Hills, Australia

#2 Jan 21, 2013
You need to treat others hopefully BEFORE they show symptoms (which take 6 weeks to develop) if in close personal proximity with diagnosed sufferer. This is CDC protocol and the NP is breaking it. They have to start 'somewhere' before they develop all over. The NP is a fool.
Finch

Paris, France

#3 Sep 7, 2015
A correct diagnosis by a professional a dermatologist is key to achieving a cure. Did you ever get a diagnosis, or were you just "diagnosed" by the internet or by a forum? Get an appointment with a derm! Correct diagnosis, correct Treatment - and you are back on track !!
WitsEnd

Wayne, NJ

#4 Sep 7, 2015
Finch wrote:
A correct diagnosis by a professional a dermatologist is key to achieving a cure. Did you ever get a diagnosis, or were you just "diagnosed" by the internet or by a forum? Get an appointment with a derm! Correct diagnosis, correct Treatment - and you are back on track !!
I'm convinced some doctors don't have a clue. I'm not crazy, I don't give myself scratches in my sleep and I've been exposed from a nursing home. The won't treat my family in the same house and I keep getting them back. 4 weeks of this. They keep saying we don't think you have it and the worm crawly pinchy feeling is my mind playing tricks on me and the things that look like they could be tracks is just me giving myself scratches while I'm sleeping. I've ordered a microscope.... I'll let you know if psychosis is the real diagnosis! Really upset over no one believing me.... I also have bumpy skin and get frequent allergic rashes but I know my body and I don't ever get bumps like this and it's almost like my skin hurts in certain spots. Whatever..... So tired of people telling me it's in my head 😟

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