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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2016

My primary care diagnosed it as crusted crusted scabies sent me to a dermatologist and she said it was a fungus but

I know that it is some kind of parasite because of how it burrows into my skin, possibly bed bugs and crusted scabies. Is it possible for the two to morph? The bites are mainly on my scalp and my face, with some on my hands and feet. They hurt and some of the bites have gotten infected. I washed my hair with lice shampoo and combed it out with a lice come and there were some nits and little black things that the comb grabed out of my hair. But i dont think lice are this aggressive leaving scars all over me. I dont have the money for an exterminator to come and take care pf the situation so if you have any suggestions on what kind of pesticide to use like online you can get 36.8% permethrin, but i dont know if that would handle it. They definately can live off the body longer than 72 hours. Would tea tree oil on my body and scalp kill them or at least repell them from me? I have 100% tea tree oil. Thanks for your profesional advice.

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Note - this is not "professional advice" - for that go to your dermatoligist or a parasitology specialist.

Not being a medical person, but it seem evident (assuming your mother has not come down with these symptoms) that whileyou were at her place you were free of the cause - so has to be an allergen or pest issue at your place.

The burrowing into your skin thing does NOT mean it is a parasite - anyone in the military who has had jungle rot can attest to how a fungus can "burrow" deeper into your skin until you hit it with the right medication. But the little bites sound more like insects than fungus to me - fungus tends to attack an area in blotches, not little distinct red marks.

Google sources like the CDC or this site -

about bedbugs - they make little bites, commonly in groups of 2-3 in a row fairly close together, and could be what you combed out of your hair. Since this appears to be a pretty nasty situation - when you get up in the morning but BEFORE the rooms gets light (which sends them into hiding) using a flashlight or a red light, remove the bedding and mattresses. If you have a serious bedbug infestation, you will see little blood spots on the bedding from where they bit you or you mashed some turning over, dark lines of their waste products particularly in crevices and creases in the mattress, and you will see the bugs (live and dead ones) on the boxspring seams or on the floor - they are very small, look like specks. Tough to kill with pesticides without complete household fumigation - there are heat treatments which work for baggable items, but relatively ineffective in totally killing the infestation because they go in under the baseboards and carpet edge and such, and because if you heat the room/house enough to kill them you will commonly damage plastic and fragile and some stored food items, and commonly has to be done a number of times a week or so apart to get the ones missed and to kill the new crop of eggs hatching.

Poisons are relatively ineffective because they do not carry it back to a nest, and poisons effective on them (other than gas fumigation) are not generally safe for use in a house.

Head, hands, feet - if your feet stick out at night, sounds like also possibly a flying insect biting you - because bedbugs bite everywhere most commonly over the upper part of the body because they are attracted by the carbon dioxide you breathe out.

I would say check (probably a bunch of bug-hunter Youtube videos on finding them and what the bites look like) for bedbugs - if not finding them then I would go back to the dermatologist (or maybe a second opinion) for another evaluation of the cause. A key question in the diagnosis is probably going to be whether bites that a NOT scratched turn into the scabby condition - because while bedbug bites itch so are commonly scratched, forming ugly scabbing, as far as I know they do not go scabby by themselves like psioriasis or fungus does - so if that is occurring, perhaps it is a fungus or allergic reaction to your bedding at home, or perhaps a couch you lie on while watching TV or such.

If you DO find bedbugs, alert your mother to go through a thorough cleanup process in the room you slept in because it is likely you imported them to her house - so she might start showing bites in a week or so if that is the case. They can live for an extended period, both as bugs and as eggs - so can be dormant in a house for a year or so without feeding.

BTW - for future reference - when responding back to an answer or adding more info on a question, instead of starting a new question use the Answewr This Question yellow button right under your question - that way any give and take stays in the same "thread" in one question.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


There are a few differences between bites from bed bugs and scabies. If you look at that site, you will find a table at the bottom of the page that shows exactly what to look for and which signs and symptoms bed bugs and scabies have. Hope this helps.


Answered 3 years ago by jacobine12


consult your doctor first in this situation there are different types of treatment so better my advise contact your doctor first instead of doing anything by self we published the related article as well u can read this <a href="">Bed Bug Bites Treatment</a>


Answered 1 year ago by relnorain

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