I need help, guys! My friends and I have been itching for months now, and after a wrong diagnosis of scabies I'm desperately looking for other options. It all started as white, crusty areas of skin (extremely dry) that would be irresistible to scratch, after a while they turned into patches of scabs. Now the dryness seems to have gone away, but I can't seem to help having new scabs form. The itching all seems like bug bites, but we can't find any. The bites are usually raised and have a small point at the top, which later becomes a scab. I noticed that around all of these areas there are ingrown hairs. The scabs usually appear by themselves and are really small. Some areas that seem to have more scabs than others are the elbows, upper thighs and ankles.
I'm confused because something doesn't add up... If it's ingrown hairs, why am I getting them on my elbow? Why is it contagious? Why after scabies medication am I still getting new bites and areas that are extremely itchy?
Let's throw scabies out of the picture completely... Here are some additional facts:
1.) My friends and I have it. We don't live or work together, but hang out regularly at one of our apartments.
2.) We have pets, but the pets don't show any signs of itching. Flea treatment has been used.
3.) We're clean people. Everything is always being washed and vacuumed on a regular basis. During the scabies treatment we were rigorous in our "decontamination." Cars, pillows, everything.
4.) The areas seem to spread by scratching. For instance, if I scratch my leg a lot one night I will wake up with bites/scabs on the arm.
5.) The scabs are really flaky and aren't hard to get off at all. Usually just by rubbing across the scab makes it come off in one piece. The area underneath the scab is usually dipped down a little, like a crater.
6.) Scabs are present from time to time in the genital area. This could be caused from scratching an area and inadvertently touching the genital area while sleeping nude. No itching is present in this region besides the occasional scab that pops up.
PLEASE HELP! You have no idea the amount of suspicion and anxiety that this has caused all of us.
This problem seems so massive and confusing that this post was hard to write in a concise, clear fashion. If you have any questions I'll be happy to provide more or more clear information.
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