Could it be something Medical? - Feels Like Bug Bites

This section covers medical conditions such as nerve damage, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, folliculitis, candidasis, dermatitis, impetigo, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and more... There are a lot of "side effects" from medical conditions that give you the feeling of "invisible bugs biting". I was truly surprised by what causes this horrible feeling.

Fibromyalgia

I had crawling skin several years ago and when i saw rheumatologist i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.after this and getting medication.sensation stopped

Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is characterised by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure). Its exact cause is unknown but is believed to involve psychological, genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Not all fibromyalgia patients experience all associated symptoms

Psoriasis

I have this skin condition. It makes nasty lesions on your scalp, and makes you itch like hell at night. I got the itchy ankles, scalp, buttcrack, gooch (the spot between the anus and penis, for lack of a better term)

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects the skin. It is typically a lifelong condition. There is currently no cure, but various treatments can help to control the symptoms. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that cause overproduction of new skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. However, psoriasis has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, and treating high blood lipid levels may lead to improvement. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, is commonly seen as red and white hues of scaly patches appearing on the top first layer of the epidermis (skin).

Folliculitis

I thought I had invisible bugs too but it's just infected hair follicles !!! See your dermatologist ASAP

Folliculitis (also known as "Hot Tub Rash") is the inflammation of one or more hair follicles. The condition may occur anywhere on the skin with the exception of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. They may appear as red dots that come to white tips on the chest, back and arms.

Candidasis

Candida. I have been plauged with this for 20 some years. I used to drink alot so I could sleep the last 5 years I took valuem.

I am convinced now that this is a yeast problem (candida) for most if not all of us. Now I've been itch free since I've changed my diet but I still shower with TTO shampoo and soap.

The symptoms of Candida overgrowth: The untreated reoccurrences of bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal and intestinal gas, and other digestive related ailments that resulted in poor diet are just some causes of overgrowth in the digestive tract. Itchiness, inflammation, redness, and burning sensation are the common symptoms for vagina and penis Candida overgrowth or a Candida virus. White patches, blisters, and bad breath are symptoms occurring in the mouth area. Rashes, swelling, and unexplained blisters are signs in the skin.

Formication

Here is the "official" definition of Formication. I don't agree with it because I feel that it is "passing the buck" with the old "it's in your head" excuse when the Doctors don't know what the cause is. I do agree that even though it may feel like bugs biting, there are many other causes that can produce similar symptoms.

Formication is the medical term for a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling (tactile hallucination) on (or under) the skin. It is one specific form of a set of sensations known as paresthesia, which also include the more common prickling, tingling sensation of "pins and needles". Formication is a well documented symptom that has numerous possible causes.

The experience of formication may sometimes cause feelings of itchiness, tingling, pins and needles, burning, or even pain. When it is perceived as itchiness, it may trigger the scratch reflex and because of this, some people who are suffering from the sensation are at risk of causing skin damage through excessive scratching. More rarely, susceptible individuals who fixate on the sensation may develop delusional parasitosis, becoming convinced that this sensation is being caused by actual insects, despite repeated reassurances from physicians, pest control experts, and entomologists.

Dermatitis

Dermatitis symptoms vary with all different forms of the condition. They range from skin rashes to bumpy rashes or including blisters. Although every type of dermatitis has different symptoms, there are certain signs that are common for all of them, including redness of the skin, swelling, itching and skin lesions with sometimes oozing and scarring. Also, the area of the skin on which the symptoms appear tends to be different with every type of dermatitis, whether on the neck, wrist, forearm, thigh or ankle. Although the location may vary, the primary symptom of this condition is itchy skin. More rarely, it may appear on the genital area, such as the vulva or scrotum. Symptoms of this type of dermatitis may be very intense and may come and go. Irritant contact dermatitis is usually more painful than itchy. A doctor can do a blood test.

A number of health conditions, allergies, genetic factors and irritants can be responsible for causing dermatitis. There are several types of dermatitis which are distinguished based on the factor that triggers the skin reaction.

Cleaning products like: skin soaps, detergents, laundry soap or,bleach may cause contact dermatitis. This specific type of dermatitis can also be caused by the exposure to allergens such as: rubber, metal (nickel), jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances and perfume, weeds (such as poison ivy) or a common ingredient found in topical antibiotic creams: neomycin.

Individuals develop this condition due to a brief exposure to the allergen or to a prolonged exposure to an irritant, such as those mentioned above. Generally, people who become sensitive to an allergen will be allergic to it for the rest of their lives.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

I have leg and arm "spasms" both while laying down, sleeping, and sometimes just during the day. By spasm I mean a sudden, uncontrollable, jerking movement, like my leg kicking out really quick out of the blue...

I have had RLS since I was 8 years old (that's the earliest I can remember anyway) and the crawling sensation is definitely RLS. Unless you have rashes it is most likely nothing else.

I have noticed that the first symptom before the tingling is that the soles of my feet start getting hot, like the blood is rushing to my legs. Pretty soon my legs are hot all over (sometimes up to my lower back) and I get that awful creepy crawly feeling.

My itchy feeling is part of RLS and I have that because of fybro myalgia.

Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED), commonly known as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. It most commonly affects the legs, but can affect the arms, torso, head, and even phantom limbs. Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief.

WED/RLS sensations range from pain or an aching in the muscles, to "an itch you can't scratch", an unpleasant "tickle that won't stop", or even a "crawling" feeling. The sensations typically begin or intensify during quiet wakefulness, such as when relaxing, reading, studying, or trying to sleep

Adrenalin

Adrenalin is the hormone that causes panic. If you have a sudden scare, it's the adrenalin rush that gives you that panicky hyperalert feeling. Random dumpings of adrenalin is what causes panic attacks in people with anxiety disorders - they've got too much adrenalin being dumped into their systems, and are in panic in situations that wouldn't cause other people to feel panic - because of the elevated adrenalin.

I think you're really on to something - except it may be that your itchy elevated histamines are causing your anxiety, not that your anxiety is causing the itchyness. The itch is causing the adrenalin dumping

Disorders of Thyroid Gland

A symptom of Hyperthyroidism is itching skin that can affect the head and body. It can keep you awake at night and it's knick name is called the Thyroid Storm. The question is whether the itching is caused by the hyperthyroidism or if it is caused by the medicine used to control the hyperthyroidism.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection most common among pre-school children. People who play close contact sports such as rugby, American football and wrestling are also susceptible, regardless of age. Impetigo is not as common in adults. If you have had this a while have your doctor treat it with the toughest antibiotics possible. Get a topical for the nose, as this is where is lives.

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