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Contagious Itching

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 7, 2007
  • 09:52 AM

Hello,

I've found that recently I have been experiencing an odd itching problem. I seem to itch during the night, especially, rarely during the day, but the main problem seems to be that people around scratch more than normal. I went to a dermatologist about this and he seemed to find no insect and kind of dismissed my claim but it's really upsetting. People around me in class start scratching, on the bus, on trains, etc. People who have no common cause to scratch save my presence, my friends also seem to notice but don't want to say anything and I am too ashamed to talk about it. Basically those within a certain radius of me scratch more than those who are far away, it's definitely not fleas, and even though I carefully looked for insects, no effect. Washed my clothes and wore them straight away after a shower and got the same effect.

It may sound psychological but I am sure of this, I've seen it too frequently, even when I am not thinking about it and only notice once I see the higher incidence of scratching around me. Oddly I normally don't itch during this time itching mostly during the night. It's really driving me crazy, any thoughts?

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  • I have this very same problem. It started about 3 years ago upon joining a new workplace. Everyone who came near me or sat next to me began continually scratching their heads, especially around the nape of the neck. I thought I might be carrying fleas off the cat or something like that. I spoke to my boss and he said it was all in my imagination. I went to the Doctors and he said there was nothing he knew of which would cause this to happen. I've scoured the internet to no avail.I sit here in work right now, looking at my colleagues as they scratch and it's starting to make me ill just thinking about it. Does anyone have any ideas about this?
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  • i have had this since i was in high school. i have been to about ten doctors in my life, and they all say i dont have anything. i have quit good paying office jobs because of this. my own family never believed me, and even to this day, they think im hallucinating. i am as normal as can be. if i didnt have this, i could have been an executive in some big corporation, but instead, i work menial, filthy jobs, fitting of how i feel.my own wife of ten years says she never felt anything. even she thought i'm imagining all this.several people have verbalized their concerns towards me. this is more than enough proof that it is not just my imagination. in fact, i myself cannot sleep at night because of intense itching. seems to get worse when i sweat. symptoms: i make people itch around me..example, if i walk into a room with twenty people, fifteen will start scratching everywhere from neck to face to legs to back. not normal behaviour. also, recently, i notice people sneeze around me..more and more i am noticing this..couple of months ago, i entered a store, and a lady was right behind me as we went inside...within minutes, she started sneezing and others started scratching abnormally,,,,,this lady told the cashier , and i quote as best as i remember,,,,"i don't know what it is, but as soon as i came inside, i started to sneeze"this is an indication that people do notice these things, but unfortunate for us, the sufferers, doctors dont believe us.in high schoo., when i started school late, i was new kid in a class, obviously...and this kid that sat right in front of me, started scratching uncontrollably, and turned around and asked me out loud, in front of whole class, if i had lice.at a recent office job (customer service call center), two girls were talking amongst themselves privately, then turned to me and asked me if i was the one making them itch.so no, it is not imaginary. it is real. but i live a hellish life every day..i cant do things that normal people can do, like go out comfortably to a restaurant. i cant go karaoke, as i love to sing, and i sing damm well, i might add. i cant go to amusement parks..i hate standing in line at stores or anywhere else.....i can tell, sometimes, there are people that are quite bright, and they can tell right of the bat that i have something..example, cashiers at stores...sometimes, people put my change on the counter, when, to the people right before me, they hand the change in their hand..it's terrible.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 02:56 AM
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  • Yes it could be your bedding and such!! Cleanliness is not the problem - you can pick these things up from anywhere!! If it is bedbugs - then yes it is contagious!! Everyone in your apartment must be treated and the apartment especially the bedding must be fumigated to get rid of them!!! If even just one person is not treated they will come back! And any where else that you have slept must be treated so that you will not pick them back up and reinfest your apartment!! You must also treat all clothing, pillows, curtains, sofas, etc. Have you eliminated other sources of itching such as new laundry soaps, perfumes, cleaning products, etc. It is unlikely that you would all be allergic to the same thing but it is worth a try!! And also there are some contagious illnesses that you could be spreading from one to another - so if fumigating the apartment and cleaning everything with really hot water does not work you might want to go to a doctor and get checked out!!! There are many products at the local drug store to treat both lice in the hair and body and for !! Good Luck and be carefull when using pesticides not to inhale or get it on your skin - be sure to read all directions!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 3, 2008
    • 04:41 AM
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  • I am also experiencing the very same problem for the last 2 years and have tried many cleaning methods to get rid of these things but to no avail. It is a horrible feeling and I also avoid getting too close to people for fear they will start scratching or rubbing their eyes. I consider myself to be a clean person so I am so upset that this is happening to me. I have done plenty of reading online about this but honestly, people have so many different suggestions and remedies that its hard to decipher what method is best or really works. Firstly, I dont believe what we have is scabies or bed bugs since there are no visible bites or rashes on my skin. Everything I have read online about scabies or bed bugs indicates that you would have one or the other. What I do notice is that there is a significant amount of what appears to be "dust" or lint-like fabrics coming out of all of my clothes and bedding (which I wash constantly in hot water). Nothing I do gets rid of these things. I have tried washing my clothes in tea tree oil, with Borax, with Ammonia. Nothing works. I cannot get this "dust", "lint" or whatever the ***l it is out of my clothes. I also notice that it is on my skin if I brush my arm, I see the particles floating in the air. They are very light and translucent so its hard to see sometimes except in the right sunlight. I also noticed them coming out of my hair after brushing it. If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. I am beginning to think this may be environmental and something is either in my apartment or the building itself which is releasing something into my home (its a very old building). Honestly, I exhaust way too much energy thinking about this issue and I'm so tired of it. I had an exterminator in about a year ago and he was not able to identify any "bugs" in my home but just did a general spraying in the apartment. I noticed a slight improvement for about a week or two but then everything went back to "normal" and I was itching like crazy again. I am ready to move, burn all my clothing and bedding and start over at this point. What the ***l is this!!!!!! If anyone can help - again this does NOT seem to be scabies or bed bugs so I dont think treating for those things will work.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 21, 2008
    • 02:22 PM
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  • I've researched and read several forums lately and it seems as if we have similar symptoms... I make people itch as well, around their napes in particular. I've noticed this since high school... and like some of you, I know my friends are aware of my condition but we don't talk about it... This is really a very sensitive topic for me. I try to avoid crowds. People's momentary exposure to me don't immediately trigger the nape-scratching symptom. It takes around 30 minutes of my being around.. That's why classes or seminars really scare me. I've also noticed that people have either 2 reactions: scratching (napes/faces) or incessant sneezing. I know this is true because a few observant (sadly, rude!) people have given me more than one snide remark about this condition.For those outside our "circle" ... it sounds strange! Funny! Even Insane! But your testimonies have validated my observations. I'm not alone. It gives me some comfort even if I know that this doesn't have a cure yet. If you search PATM at Google - you'll find more of us.
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  • Someone reply , any luck with the itch ???????????????
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 1, 2010
    • 06:02 PM
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  • Someone reply , any luck with the itch ???????????????Dear all who are still affected by the strange phenomenon mentioned in this thread and viewing or returning to view these thread. I have the same issue too, what ever it is, i concluded that these "stuff" are airborne, and there are three possibilities:(1) dust mites allergens due to dust mite infestation in bedroom or wardrobe;(2) fungi growth in bedroom(i.e. mould/spores/pollens);(3) chemical irritants released from wall in bedroom or toxical bodies including yourselfFor (1) and (2), dehumidifier and puting moth balls in wardrobe may root out the growth of fungi and dust mites, and probably those who are no longer suffer from this condition, may have these problem solved as weather gets into hot dry season.For (3), please look at airborne chemical irritants from the following website from University of Florida: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg343 From this website, i understand that aireborne chemical contaminants can cause itch, such contaminants may come from paints on the wall, cleaning agents, and even pesticides,esp. when it is repeatedly used for suspected control pest infestation. If such chemical exists in the bedroom, I figure we or our shirts are probably being "fermented" by these chemical when we use such bedroom.Anyway, is a good website the produce all itch possibilities. Please take a look.However, i read about the morgellorn website too, i know most people will end up feeling they might have that. but i bought their ebook, and realize that is less airborne stuff that we are experienceing as described in this thread. So dun worry about that. Nonetheless, I do entertain the idea of possible toxification in the body, causing our body to emit certain chemical through body smell or breath. At the moment i am trying some detox suppliments and drinking of green tea. May consider visiting medical experts or toxicologist to zoom into this area, though comprehensive medical screen shows that I am healthy.Lastly, I am trying to solve this thing too, i know is frustrating and frientening, try to stay positive to fend off stress, which may agrrivate further toxics in the body. For those suspecting wearing dust-mite-allergen-femented shirts from infested wardrobe, try to hang out the clothes u wanna wear next day overnight, it seems affect people around me lesser. I m still experimenting, not too sure. Will try to update again.Cheers~!Concertono1
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  • Sounds like PATM, look up PATM and Medhelp in google and you will find a group of people with very similar symptoms.
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  • Hello all I too am I having this symptoms. It started back in Nov 2009. I dont believe its stress related because I have been in more stressful situations at the time. I went to my pcp, Dermatologist, and Internal Specialist. First Diagnosis was a fungus, next one was its mental, next was Diabeties. I dont believe any of this. I have taken the meds no luck I recently have began a new job everyone there now complains of a felling of bugs biting them. I dont believe this is some type of mite in the skin. Everything I have read has pointed to this, but I really think these doctors know of this. There is a reason why the continue to think that this is your imagination or your crazy. I dont do drugs so thats out. I rarely eat sweets so Diabeties not hearing it. I have known people with diabeties and the have been in my presence never made me itch when I came by them. I am researching this as well. The thing that gets me is that these doctors do blood test nothing else. How about a checking or skin maybe take some of it to test. Cause thee things are horrible. Im keeping faith by asking god for help, but Im tired anyone could find a doctor that knows of this please post
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  • I to suffer form this. People sneeze and itch around me. My husband does not notice but others have. It all started in 2002 when I started smelling something like burning cigaretts then came a bad odor that turned in to a rotten egg smell that turned into a very bad breath smell that now has ended up as both bad odor and something that makes people rub their noses and sneeze. I have been to gastrointerologist, internist, nuerologist, dentist, ear nose and throat doctors. I have had reflux surgery, endoscopies and more than 7 teeth pulled. SOMEONE PLEASE HEP!!!!
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    • September 13, 2010
    • 04:44 PM
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  • please HELP US!!!! :OMY DAUGHTER, MY HUSBAND AND i ALL HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM THAT IS CAUSING A LOT OF DISCOMFORT 24/7 EVEN IN OUR SLEEP!!!!!!WE HAVE BEEN ITCHING LIKE CRAZY!!!I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO HER DOC HE SAID IT'S ECZEMA....I SAID WELL I HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS HE SAID IT'S GENETIC!MY HUSBAND HAS IT TO AND I'VE LOOKED AT PICS OF ECZEMA AND IT DOESN'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE WHAT WE GOT!WE HAVE LITTLE BUMPS LIKE FLEA BITES(WE DON'T HAVE FLEAS) IT'S NOT POISON IVY ...WHAT IS IT PLEASE HELP;(
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  • I have been suffering from the same condition. People would scratch and sneeze around me especially in crowded rooms. I too had to quit office jobs because of it. I even stopped going to church in fear that I will spread this disease. A friend of mine came out and said that I contracted it from him. He believes that this is an early stage of Morgellons Disease.I would stop going to dermatologist because they will just say you are delusional and label you as having Delusional Parasitosis. There are studies being done and the CDC has finally been doing some investigations. You will find a lot of theories on the causes of Morgellons from Government conspiracies in regards to Nanotechnology and even theories that this came from outer space through meteorites. Some claim they have found the same strange fibers that were collected from patients to be that same strange fibers they examined from rocks collected from Mars and from meteorites. Don't get too caught up on the theories because it might drive you crazy.He has tried everything imaginable under the sun.You name it he has tried it. He found that what worked the best was taking high amounts of salt. That's right...straight NaCl...sodium chloride. He believes that the condition is caused by a worm that feed on bacteria and or fungus in our bodies. He believes that high concentrations of salt in the system actually disturbs or even kills some of the worms. If you look or study Morgellons patients they develop these unusual threads that come out of their bodies. I have been taking about 15 grams of sea salt over the course of a day every day. It has helped. It is the only thing that seems to work best since we have tried all kinds of prescription de-wormers; ivermectin, albendyzol, and fenbendyzol, and herbal remedies, antibiotics, and permethrin skin creams. Do not fall for any scams that people are using to cash in on our demise. Diet does help. Stay away from sugars!!! Stop drinking sodas because it does seem to make it worse. Try the Atkins diet to eliminate sugar and carbs from your diet. I pray to God that there will be a cure soon.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2010
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  • Hello, I have been suffering from similar symptoms as have been posted in this forum. This problem has been going on for about 4 to 5 years now. I have tried treating for scabbies ( 5 treatments) as well as fleas, ticks, mites, bedbugs lice and body lice with no success. The most consistent symptoms I have are: people get itchy nostrils, facial hairs and eyes mostly but all over the body as well. This happens within seconds of being in my proximity and without any physical contact. Under bright white light or sunny days I can sometimes see translucent specs floating and moving around my head just like the reaction or effect of seeing stars when rattled or exhausted. These translucent or microscopic specs move freely from one point on my body to another and feel as though they land on the ends of hairs. The regions most affected are my head, eyebrows, nostrils, shoulders and back as well as legs. For some reason my armpits and genital hairs don't seem to be affected which I don't quite understand. I've cleaned everything multiple times and then again, even covered myself and clothing in teatree oil without an inch of success. Multiple visits to doctors & dermatologists. I am losing my faith in life and fear seeing friends and family because I can't take the way the look at me any longer. Please Help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 22, 2010
    • 09:15 PM
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  • I have the same. My face itches a bit, and now my arms. Used to be worse. The worse though is how bad others begin to itch and wipe at their face when I'm close. It's really bad for everyone, and extremely obvious. But you guys know... Here's is what has helped me: get neem oil shampoo, conditioner, soap and essential oil. Don't worry it actually smells good. (For everything it should cost around $40.00) Put 1-2 droppers full of the oil in the shampoo, and then do the same in the conditioner. Shake well. Wash with the soap, shampoo and condition your hair. (I also wash my face with desert essence tea tree face wash) now you should have a couple of hours to go to your conferences, meetings or whatever you need. I hope this helps. Doctors don't help, and I was recently told it was the other people's imagination... Good luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2010
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  • I have the same. My face itches a bit, and now my arms. Used to be worse. The worse though is how bad others begin to itch and wipe at their face when I'm close. It's really bad for everyone, and extremely obvious. But you guys know... Here's is what has helped me: get neem oil shampoo, conditioner, soap and essential oil. Don't worry it actually smells good. (For everything it should cost around $40.00) Put 1-2 droppers full of the oil in the shampoo, and then do the same in the conditioner. Shake well. Wash with the soap, shampoo and condition your hair. (I also wash my face with desert essence tea tree face wash) now you should have a couple of hours to go to your conferences, meetings or whatever you need. I hope this helps. Doctors don't help, and I was recently told it was the other people's imagination... Good luckany luck as of yet? to stop that itch spread,, i have that too/
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    • February 24, 2011
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  • What I do notice is that there is a significant amount of what appears to be "dust" or lint-like fabrics coming out of all of my clothes and bedding (which I wash constantly in hot water). Nothing I do gets rid of these things. I have tried washing my clothes in tea tree oil, with Borax, with Ammonia. Nothing works. I cannot get this "dust", "lint" or whatever the ***l it is out of my clothes. I also notice that it is on my skin if I brush my arm, I see the particles floating in the air. They are very light and translucent so its hard to see sometimes except in the right sunlight. I also noticed them coming out of my hair after brushing it. .I wish 'Goingcrazy75' would return to this forum, or others, and say if they've got over this problem. I too see little white specs of fluff drifting off me, and see them on my arms.At first I thought I had dermatitis, it started with an itching on the back of my thighs. I'm a gay male, and used to ask my boyfriend to massage the back of my legs for me to cure the itch. Then my buttocks and lower back became itchy too, and after four weeks or so my arms. I used to wake up at night and just want to scratch myself to death.I'm in the UK so we get healthcare, I went to my GP and he said it looked just like dermatitis: He gave me steroids for 5 days, a cream called Eurax and anti-histamines. They helped a bit, but one night when I had a few drinks all of my symptoms came out worse than ever. When I step out the shower if it's hot then I can see all the red marks everywhere (I also experience that orgasmic feeling of the hot water soothing my itchy areas - such a weird sensation that I've read can become addictive and dries your skin out terribly). So, after two weeks of luke warm baths, drugs, creams, less alcohol and more sleeep, things started to feel kind of better, but still there. The doctor said 1 week should cure it. 3 weeks later I went back, and he's now given me a different cream, more anti-histamines and permission for a blood test. Incidentally I have a large lump-like boil with a red circle around on my **s that he gave me a different cream for and said is unrelated.I've washed everything in my flat, cleared up and dusted as much as I can and changed all my bedding. I feel like I want to take a loan out to just buy all new clothes and bin everything!But the worst part is now, the guy near me at work has started scratching, and so has someone I'm seeing at the moment. I see the little flecks of dust too, that Goingcrazy75 mentioned...At night sometimes I have a sudden moment where I'm really hot and sweat a lot, also, recently I've noticed my armpits get sweat patches more easily if I have to walk quite fast or wear a jacket.I just want to be normal and healthy again, right now I'm at work and feel itchy. I want to be able to enjoy hot showers, drink, not feel like I'm infecting people, not sweat. ARGH! Please do share your stories particularly if you get over this, because otherwise it scares me that you guys who posted in 2008 might be dead now! Maybe it's a type of poison or assassination? Hope not!Lots of love. x
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  • have you checked out grovers disease?
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  • I have had this problem for 4 years. I believe there is some type of mite that burrows within the hair follicles and comes out when the body either heats up or you go into an area that has a high concentration of carbon dioxide. People around me always begin to itch and scratch and sneeze, particularly their hands and anywhere hair is present. I have quit jobs because of this. When I worked at a call center, everyone around me would begin to itch, some people would get things that looked like small bug bite. They would all start saying they have bed bugs, but I'm a nice guy and no one would approach me even though I think they thought I was the cause. I reported to to my boss and to many doctors and all of them thought I might be depressed or schizophrenic. My mother was schizophrenic, so that leads them to believe that her problem was just passed down to me.Here is what helps me:I take extremely hot baths, as hot as I can stand and soak until I can feel the itch, this opens the pores, then I scrub with a wash cloth while submerged. I believe this gets any alive mites might be hiding in the hair follicles and maybe some of their eggs.When I first wake up and have the itch, I rub my body down with alcohol which I also believe kills them. Lotion sometimes helps, but I believe this just traps them in the follicles.Soaking in hot tubs or sulfur springs for long periods also does the same as hot baths. Once I have done this I notice people do not itch or sneeze around me, but this is temporary.I also wash all my clothing in hot and dry on hot for an hour. If you have a washer or dryer that has sanitary or or antibacterial settings use them. I buy clothing extra large so that when I do this they still fit.I believe this mite has a similar life cycle to scabies, 21 days, so I am now trying to repeat all of this for a full month to see if this work.Caution, the baths are very uncomfortable and would not be best for anyone with a heart condition or pregnancy.
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  • I have this very same problem. It started about 3 years ago upon joining a new workplace. Everyone who came near me or sat next to me began continually scratching their heads, especially around the nape of the neck. I thought I might be carrying fleas off the cat or something like that. I spoke to my boss and he said it was all in my imagination. I went to the Doctors and he said there was nothing he knew of which would cause this to happen. I've scoured the internet to no avail.I sit here in work right now, looking at my colleagues as they scratch and it's starting to make me ill just thinking about it. Does anyone have any ideas about this?Have you or anyone found any answers as of yet or anything that helps.
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  • Have you or anyone found any answers as of yet or anything that helps. yes i found this that helps. get castle pepermint soap.. you can get it at drugstores, it comes in liquid. shower with it.then i mix anti fungal cream the stuff for the feet, with eucalptus lotion i get it at body works, and i put it all over.it seems it help, then i do it again at night, i wash my clothes in boraxo, and rinse twice.thats the only thing so far that i found to help, it seems people itch less since i been using theese things.isnt this just a night mare..even the dog scratches affter i pet him.i think a fungus is involved here, and people near us are sensitive to it,, thats all i can figure, my leggs get itchy, my face area too,,also dont eat much sugary things,, it seems to make it worse,,and drink alot of water.
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