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Delusory Parasitosis Nancy C. Hinkle
 

Summary: Delusory Parasitosis
Nancy C. Hinkle
HE CALLER SAYS THAT SHE IS BEING ATTACKED by
invisible mites. The attack has been going on for
months and she has visited a half dozen
physicians, but none was able to help her. Two
prescribed Kwell lotion (see Glossary), but the
sensations persist. She has treated her skin with alcohol,
vinegar, Lysol, bleach, kerosene, and various home
remedies. She has boiled her bed linens and clothing
daily. She can describe the life cycle of the pest and has
been able to extract specimens from some of the
wounds. She offers to send you samples. She says the
irritation is driving her crazy and you are her last hope.
How do you respond?
At some time nearly everyone experiences a
sensation of something burrowing in, crawling on, or
pricking the skin (Potter 1992). These tactile
perceptions may be caused by a variety of causes,
because different stimuli evoke the same limited range

  

Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

 

Collections: Biotechnology