Dermatology Community
Parasites in ears
About This Community:

This forum is for questions regarding Dermatology issues, such as: rashes, acne, birthmarks, skin infections, rosacea, and general skin care.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Parasites in ears

My sister keeps complaining of a sensation of bugs in her ears.  A few months ago she had an infestation of fleas at her home.  She thinks that the fleas may have gotten into her ears.  She came to stay with me after about a month of suffering and by then she had lesions all over her body from scratching and excessive bathing.  Over the course of 3 months, I took her to several doctors.
First ENT said there was nothing in her ears and told her to stop putting q-tips or anything in them.  He refused to believe there was anything wrong, so I took her to an internist after she developed an ear infection and suffered a perforated eardrum.
The internist put her on an antibiotic and referred her to and infectious disease doctor and another ENT.
The ID doc treated her for scabies.  We don’t believe she actually had scabies, but the lesions on her skin cleared up.
The ENT gave her Cresylate which seemed to help with the feeling of bugs . . . for a while.  He also told her that she has an inflamed TMJ and put her on an anti-inflammatory to reduce the inflammation.
It’s been 3 months since she came to stay with me and the feeling of bugs in her ears has not gotten any better.  She says that the bugs are getting into her eyes, so for the last 2 months she’s been in bed with her eyes taped over with adhesive bandages.  She has tried treating her ears with apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Oil of Oregano, Tea Tree oil, Lavender oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lemongrass oil, an enzymatic cleaner, and Cedar oil.  I am concerned that she will eventually do irreparable damage to both her ear and her hearing.  Any idea what is going on and where she should go for an accurate diagnosis?  None of the doctors see any bugs, and we are totally at a loss.



This discussion is related to feels like microscopic bugs crawling in ear canal.
4 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
995833_tn?1375604252
Parasitophobia. Can be treated well if diagnosis is right. ok?
Blank
2143641_tn?1396681743
what did he use to treat Scabies? the fact that it worked doesn't necessarily mean it was Scabies, it could have been effective for other types of infestations too.

She could try Malathion gel it's a pretty strong pesticide product. here they sell it as Aftir Gel I can't find an equivalent in America, ask a pharmacy. read the instructions carefully.

I'm not sure but I found that bleach also disturbs bugs, it worked on my cats. theoretically it should only be effective against mold and bacteria.



Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Do not go pouring bleach into anyone's eyes or ears, for goodness sake. Gio77italy, that's really irresponsible...

I suspected from the start of the post but once you mentioned your sister sleeping with adhesive bandages on her eyes it's pretty likely she has a obsessive paranoia about it. It does seem to be all in her head as apart from the damage she's caused to herself there doesn't seem to be any physical evidence. This is over five years. Five years and no-one's ever found a bug or egg? It's in her head. Mentally, I mean... Get her to seek professional psychiatric help.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
* 3 months - but my comment still stands.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Dermatology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Dermatology Answerers
995833_tn?1375604252
Blank
maatson
Other
209987_tn?1334790318
Blank
tschock
AB
1096512_tn?1384893378
Blank
vedadhar
Hyderabad, India
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
diane493