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Originally posted by nicevillegrl
Well...I have actually been wondering why I haven't already read about what I am about to describe because - according to a few doctors around here - this is becoming "epidemic" in this area.
I live in the Panhandle of Florida between Pensacola and Panama City - very close to Destin, FL. We are an upper middle-class family. We live in a very nice neighborhood, have a home that is always clean and could be in a magazine, really. Both hubby and I are professionals and kids are always well-kempt and clean as well. Their rooms are actually almost always clean of their own volition. The only reason I mention all that is to let you know that what I am about to say has NOTHING to do with living conditions, cleanliness, or lack thereof...
A few months ago, everyone in my family (three households; ALL persons except for my youngest son) started itching. At this time, WHEN we would scratch (not before), bumps would appear.
We travel A LOT so to be truthful, we thought we had stayed in a hotel with a bed bug issue (but we always stay in "moderate" hotels - Hampton, Embassay Suites, etc.).
Went to see a doctor we trust - diagnosis: itch mites - likely from a hotel. Gave us all premetherin (sp?) cream. Said it would go away. It didn't.
So, I started researching and became convinced it was mites. (And no, I never did - and still don't - think this is Morgellons). Did all the treatments for mites. Didn't work either.
Meanwhile, we are all still getting these "bites" all over us - now before we scratch. They would itch and then you could literally scratch something off the top (sometimes looked like a white piece of sand, sometimes like a gray thin scab). When the "sand" came out or the "scab" came off, a perfect hole would be left about the size of a pin head. And it would BLEED where the thing was. It would then scab over and basically not go away for several weeks.
We didn't tell anyone but our doctor - not something you really want being talked about. But we tried everything. Finally landed on sulfur products / masks / sprays / etc. Seems to be getting under control somewhat.
Now, if we hadn't ALL (again, 3 households) had this, I would have begun to think we were crazy or had some kind of picking disorder (because it did become pretty compulsive for all of us to search out these things on our body and scrape them off or pull them out). But again, it was 8 of us total. Everyone in all 3 houses except my 10 year old son.
But here's where it gets weirder. I mention this to a doctor friend finally (not the same doctor we originally went to). His jaw drops. He has seen MANY cases of this recently. Was really thinking it was in people's heads until HE started getting it on his back (where it usually starts). Did the light test on his entire body and no, it was not mites, bed bugs, or any other kind of bug. He did not, however, have a clue what it is / was. He is still suffering with it, although, he is now trying the sulfur products that have given us some relief.
Saturday I went into a local health food store to see if they carried Sulfur powder. Clerk asked me why I wanted it. I asked him why he wanted to know. He said he couldn't keep it on the shelf for the first time in 20 years. So, I told him the truth about why I wanted it. His jaw dropped. His wife had been dealing with this same thing but didn't want to tell anyone. They thought they had bed bugs or mites too.
So, here is the thing... I have come to believe this is related to the synthetic bacteria that was lab-created to deal with the oil spill. I think it has blown in and created a massive skin disease situation along the gulf coast. If so many people I know have it, are dealing with it, and know people that are, it has to be pretty wide spread. I just wonder why we haven't heard more about it?
As I said, we pretty much have it under control. But it was a MAJOR PAIN IN THE ASS getting to this point.
If there is anyone reading this who is dealing with this and needs guidance, feel free to message me and I'll be glad to share what has worked for us.
WHEW!!! Okay... done. :-)