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Lice symptoms without the lice? HELP please!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 16, 2010
  • 09:22 PM

Hi! I'm a very confused mom, and I really, really need some help. Please bear with me!

Back in January, my scalp began to itch. It wasn't an irritation type itch, but this tingling, crawling feeling now and then, totally like a bug crawling. Some days it was there, other days I didn't feel it at all. It was around the time my daughter got a note from school that said there had been a case of headlice (not on her, some other kid in school). She and her entire class had been checked, and she was clean. I ignored the itch, telling myself it was all in my head because of the notice.

The itch continued for 4 months, and I was in denial the entire time. Then one day I was combing my hair, and saw something on one of the hairs that fell into the sink. It was without a doubt a nit.

I was horrified, but it ended my denial. I got treatment, the best metal nit comb I could find, everything. I checked my family's heads (they were fine). After I used the treatment I got to combing, BUT I couldn't find anything in my hair. NOTHING! No bugs, no nits. So I assumed I got lucky, that the nit I'd found was the only one.

Lo and behold, a couple of hours later my head was itchy again. It gets better, the next day I noticed my daughter was scratching too. She said she was still getting checkups at school, but I figured they could've missed something. To make a long story short, I've been to two different doctors now, and both could find nothing on me or my daughter. No bugs, no nits. I've been combing our hair religiously every single day, and I still cannot find a single bug or nit.

BUT WE'RE STILL ITCHY! The doctors can find nothing. THE best nit comb on the market can find nothing. My husband and son do not have these symptoms, just me and my daughter. Ah, all the thoughts that go through my head daily! "How can it be that I can't find any evidence of infestation?" "Is this all in our heads? Then what about the nit I'd found?" "Is it possible to have lice for 6 months and not pass them to two other people in your family, whom you're very close with?" "Is it something other than lice? Then what the *&^% was that NIT about!"

I'm going crazy here, not just because of the physical discomfort but because of the mystery of it. I can't understand what's going on, or how to end it. Please, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, help us!!

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