Itchy skin parasites can drive you out of your mind. In fact most who contract them are also driven to depression because the doctors they turn to for help are totally ignorant about the skin parasites.
Take Morgellons, for example. Until recently no one ever heard of the disease. It is a name given in 2002 by Mary Leitao for a skin condition characterized by a range of symptoms including crawling, biting, and stinging sensations; finding fibers on or under the skin; and persistent skin lesions (rashes or sores). Not that it hasn’t been around for centuries. In fact, it’s possible that Job in the Christian Old Testament suffered from skin parasites.
For decades most physicians denied the existence of the disease. In fact many still do. It’s totally awesome that someone could seek medical help with the symptoms listed above and told by the doctor that nothing was wrong–that the symptoms were caused by neurotic scratching and that if the patient left the lesions alone, they’d heal. In fact it’s not unusual for the doctor to diagnose the patient as having delusions of parasites or claim that the open sores and rashes are caused by the patient scratching them and claim that the infection is from the bacterial under one’s finger nails.
And what’s more even more crazy is that if two or more members of the same family have the same symptoms its diagnosed as folie a deux (two) or folie a trois (three). That’s right, psychiatrists actually give these diagnoses to the skin parasite sufferer.
In fact one of the most common comments I receive when I speak with itchy parasites sufferers is how refreshing it is for them to speak with someone who understands what they are going through. Not only do the doctors often think that they are mental cases, but so do the people with whom they live (unless the spouse has also been infected). Yes, it is possible for one person to be infected and no one else in the household. On the other hand, these parasites can be highly contagious and infect the entire family and anyone who may spend more than fifteen minutes sitting in an infected chair, bed, or futon. Although there are microscopic images of the parasites suspected as the culprit, there are no diagnostic procedures available to diagnose the organisms. Thus one has to primarily go by symptoms. And the symptoms that are prevalent have to do with fibers that fluoresce under an ultraviolet light growing from the skin and lesions.
What we know is that there are most likely various strains of Morgellons. In fact Morgellons is not the only itchy skin parasite. There are at least two other itch skin parasites with which I’m familiar–Collembola (spring tails) and Strongyloides stercoralis.
Strongyloides stercoralis is a nematode. Some resources call it a thread worm, others a round worm. It’s transferred from feces as in animal feces–most often bird, rat or mice feces. It can also be transferred directly from any infected animal–humans, pets, and even down to mites, bed bugs and so on.
It’s life cycle is amazing. It exists internally and then with part of its life cycle it surfaces to the skin where it is highly disruptive to the infected animal and also highly contagious to other animals. Diagnosis can be made from stool samples if examined microscopically within twenty minutes–other wise from labs that run an antibody blood serum test for strongyoides stercoralis.
Our planet has over 6.000 species of collembola. Unfortunately at least one species has found animals a desirable host. They generally feed on decaying matter and will be found in the garden. But the species that raises hell with animals is usually transferred by an infected animal, or by various mites that reside on rats, mice, birds, and other animals–even bed bugs. Not that all bed bugs and mites are carriers–just the infested ones are carriers. No test is available for diagnosis. One woman had a pigeon nest on her air conditioner outside her window. As the air blew from the air conditioner she felt a biting sensation on her skin. Once they get into the home they can infest rugs, furniture, clothing, air ducts, autos and remain a threat for years and years. If you walk on an infected rug, you can feel them jumping onto your ankles–when they detect a heat source such as a warm body, they can spring several inches–hence the name “spring tails”.
As bleak as these parasites sound, life can get back to near normal. Personally I contracted both Collembola and Strongyloides stercoralis in the mid 90’s and was one of the first to get my life back to normal and have since helped dozens and dozens of sufferers reclaim a sense of normalcy with a diet I discovered. I named it the King diet because it’s King when it comes to dealing with all three types of parasites mentioned in this article. Along with bathing and disinfection protocols, selected medications, and diet as outlined in my e-book, Soothing the Itch Within and the Diet to Control It, many have regained a sense or normalcy.
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Richard Kuhns B.S.Ch.E. is author of the e-book Soothing the Itch Within and the Diet to Control It. His aim is to provide relief to those suffering with skin parasites that doctors can’t diagnose or treat. To find out more please visit http://www.SkinParasitesEbook.com He is also a prominent figure in the self help field and is the author behind the best selling self hypnosis cds for managing stress and overcoming anxiety panic attack.