I am sharing this in hopes it will help some of you suffering out there.
Sensation of bugs crawling on skin but no bite marks?
This was driving me crazy over the span of months. My left eye itched terribly in the morning and there was redness and burning along with a fair amount of surplus morning discharge.
At first I thought it was a fungal infection, then for a while I was convinced that microscopic parasites were crawling on my skin but after trying lice shampoos, tea tree oil, and diatomaceous earth placed strategically everywhere as well as consuming a tablespoon per day for the internal buggers, I still had no relief and therefore ruled out parasites.
I realize going into a doctor’s office with a bugs crawling symptom and no bite marks is like asking to be committed to a mental institution so instead of doing this I did many hours of continuous online research saving anything that I thought may prove useful or relevant in the future and refrained from disclosing this to the doctor or anyone until I was sure what was afflicting me.
Then I had noticed there were mold spores on the shelves by the millions and with a lot more research I now had an explanation for ALL of the symptoms including my irritability. Yes, the mold spores can wreak havoc on the central nervous system and cause the unpleasant sensation of stinging and crawling on skin.
This is your brain on MOLD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp0IE9uUNAE
I narrowed the genus down to Alternia which is common and had grown rapidly due to a leaky roof. If you live in a mostly dry climate you can likely rule this out excepting a humidifier that hasnt been cleaned, so check the filter.
I discovered I am allergic to this genus of mold and it even caused me some itchy hives which I thought were mosquito bites at first but they were less raised than mosquito bites and took many days longer to heal. In searching for images I came across a picture displaying multiple types of bug bites but it also showed allergic reactions to different plants and types of mold which was a match.
There was an enlargement of the pore in the center which was larger than what a mosquito would leave in its wake.
The doctor prescribed a 10 day course of itroconazole at my request because it has gotten deep into my left eye. Luckily I have been seeing him for quite some time about this and tried some of the solutions suggested. I provided detailed research with supporting documentation from published NIH (National Institute of Health USA) found online which stated that this is the most effective medication for treating this condition. A doctor who will actually listen to you is priceless and can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
Not only did we have a leaky roof but it is common in Panama where I now live that house builders will not install any attic ventilation which makes the perfect breeding ground of stagnant air. When combined with a water leak the conditions are ripe for mold growth, primarily Alternaria. It will grow on semi organic materials which includes many building materials you would never suspect.
Alternia spores are common and you cannot get away from them as they are everywhere but you can do things to reduce their recurrence and spread.
Keep air circulating. Stagnant air is like stagnant water and will promote mold growth. Even just one hour of circulation when humidity is low is better than nothing.
Close windows when it rains and turn on a dehumidifier with the humidity setting set below 50 percent. This also creates heat which mold does not like.
Space clothes apart from each other and air out the closets. Add “Damp Rid” moisture collection disposable devices and replace when filled with water. There are some reusable versions of this for sale on the internet.
Bring any furniture that is up against a wall at least 4-6 inches away from the wall. Farther for the walls that are exposed to the outdoors so air can flow.
Remove any cardboard boxes from the floor and check for moisture and cardboard or cloth. Leather will mold very quickly here. Mold does not like light so you may use this fact to combat it in some areas if practical.
If you do find an affected area wash in hot water and laundry or dish detergent. Avoid using bleach as it does not kill the spores and the vapors are more toxic than detergents.
Keep lids on boiling pots and exhaust fans running in the bath. Turning on the cold water before the hot will reduce the amount of moisture released into the air in the form of steam. Repeated condensation on windows can also cause problem moisture areas and it is best if you wipe any window or condensation on glass with a cloth.