Originally Posted by Kathryn
Not really Scabies, but, all kinds of little bugs are on my skin and in my skin. Any thoughts on this. My doctor thinks I need a psychiatrist. There is nothing wrong with my head. I am having a serious problem. Pease help.
I would call your local health department and inquire where the nearest clinic is that specializes in parasites is located. Then call them and ask about if a referral is required and how to get a referral if your doc is reluctant. They may not be able to do more over the phone than that. If there isn't such a clinic/practice/hosp in your area, see if they can direct you to a physician who might be able to diagnose or refer.
There a couple of websites that I have used in the past to look for md/specialists but it has been a long time. Your state board of examiners may have a web listing of drs and their speciality.
Also if you live near a university hosp that might be a place to begin.
The old adage "if you hear hoofbeats, don't look for zebras" is well know in the medical community so sometimes its hard for a doc to look outside his "usual suspects".
When talking to anyone during this process try to let them know if you have traveled to the mountains, outside of the country, eaten any raw or undercooked foods, been in any livestock areas. Do you have pets that have not been treated for parasites (cats, dogs, other mammals, birds) Anything that might have put you at risk for parasites.
Read up on all Rx meds/supplements/otc meds that you take. This can help to rule out medications that can cause a change in perception...some times an allergic reaction can cause hallucinations (just because an hallunication is not real to others doesn't mean they aren't <I> real to the person experiencing them</I>. (some meds made DH see little black bugs the size of fleas and ticks everywhere...once off those meds the bugs disappeared)
Let us know how this progresses.