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Skin So Soft Insect Repellent
Feeling of Insects: Formication is a specific form of the general set of abnormal skin sensations known as paresthesias and tactile hallucinations. It is associated with several disorders: a physical or psychological side effect of substance abuse, diabetic neuropathy, diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and extreme alcohol withdrawal with delirium tremens. ...Read more
This can't be: Diagnosed via the internet. However there are many different causes for formication (sensation like insects crawling on or under your skin). It can in fact be from parasites or other diseases/ conditions. Please seek medical evaluation if this continues. ...Read more
I have an insect infestation in my skin that is reproducing and getting worse daily. More than likely, collembola I am reinfesting myself.?
Collembola: These snow fleas are harmless to humans so it may be something else or occasionally delusional infestations. ...Read more
Interesting: Never heard that the skin would be susceptible to insect bites more than someone else's unless the smell of the skin- soaps, colognes, perfumes, etc. Maybe attracts the bugs more. You might try not wearing anything that has a fragrance to it- even washing clothes in fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets. ...Read more
Almost any can. ..: There are classic insect bites that leave a hole--the mosquito & the tick, for example. Truly any bug with a "proboscis" or snout that is genetically designed by nature to drill or puncture a hole into our skin for a nice blood meal from beneath our outer epidermis. Several varieties of spiders may leave "holes" as well. So, best use your insect repellent (something with deet usually works best!). ...Read more
Does the original avon skin so soft lotion work as an insect repellant? I heard it does and it doesn't.
Testing by the usda in the 1970s, avon's skin-so-soft (sss) provided only 6-75 minutes of complete protection against mosquito bites. In one laboratory comparative study of the efficacy of insect repellents against mosquito bites, sss provided an average complete protection time of only 23 minutes. A 2008 study showed protection times up to 10 hours against mosquitoes.
Still not as good as deet. ...Read more
I have this crawling sensation inside my head like a worm or insect crawling inside. What causes this? I do suffer from stress
When my little sister gets bitten by an insect her whole body gets infected, is that because of sensitive skin? What should she do?
Insect bites: Everyone is affected differently by insect bites, such as mosquitos. Some have little if any reaction. Others have strong reactions resulting in severe itching, redness and swelling. Basically, it is an allergic response to the insect products that are introduced into the skin from the bite. ...Read more
In a particular tiny area of my middle back I feel a sensation under skin like insect moving usually after siting on chair & benting the body it start?
For a week+ I've had the feeling of something moving on/touching my skin, mainly when sitting around or in bed no sign of insects a few bites, am I mad?
Check labs: If you are concerned, seeing a doctor to check basic lab values may eliminate the possibility of an underlying medical illness. If a rash develops, see a dermatologist to rule out conditions such as scabies or other rashes. Itching and other sensations are always most intense at night or at rest when you are trying to relax because that's when the brain pays the most attention to these signals. ...Read more
I always feeel like throwing up my skin is always intchy and my back hurts. I sometime have sweaty nigths. In my skin I feel like there are insects.?
Jaundiced?: You are describing classic symptoms of elevated bilirubin levels--are your eyes turning yellow? --commonly related to liver and gallbladder dysfunction (eg. Hepatitis, gallstones, etc.) see a doc to get liver function tested--if neg, may be just a simple skin condition (urticaria?) but your symptoms are concerning! ...Read more
No: No. It has to go through too many layers of tissue before it gets there. It is not possible. ...Read more
Good skin care: The best way to minimize scarring of any type, whether a injury, bite, scratch - is good skin care. Keep clean, use moisturizers several times a day liberally, and use sunscreen, as sun and uv radiation exposure can make the marks look darker. Don't use tanning beds, and be careful if you are shaving the area not to use razors or methods that are irritating ot the skin. ...Read more
Some Plants Oils: Deet has proven to be the most effective repellant. For those interested in a home remedy, topical applications of vanilla extract, garlic powder, or essential oils from citronella has been anecdotally reported. ...Read more
P.I.H.: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a frequently encountered problem particularly in darker pigmented individuals including african americans or asians. Pih occurs as a result of inflammation to skin. Acne is common inflammatory diseases that results in pih, particularly if one picks at their lesions. Time usually helps fade the PIH. There are lasers that can also help. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What kind of midge or insect that can fly like a gnat that lives in skin and hair and has several stages?
Collect an example: There are a limited number of insects that live in skin or hair. I advise you to see a dermatologist and if possible, bring examples of the suspected insect in a small bottle so that they can be identified. Hopefully you are not being bitten, as you do not mention it. Also if you have pets, be certain that they do not harbor any insects. ...Read more
INSECT REPELLENTS: Deet remains the criterion standard of currently available insect repellents. Marketed products include off!, cutter, repel, sawyer, ben's, and ultrathon. For most uses, choose a repellent with 5-35% deet. Repellents can be safely applied lightly to exposed skin or clothing. In your case, apply deet in a small area of skin first watching for any signs of irritation before using over a wider area. ...Read more
Me and my husband have red itchy bumps on skin. They are RECURRENT. Had it few months ago and have it again now. No bugs or insects anywhere.
Small bump on back right side of my head, pinkish tint, had some dried blood. Bump is painful. Not big, similar to insect bite. Pain is on and off.
It's an insect bite that looks like a burn line skin bit outside the burn part of the skin it is red in colour?
Unlikely: Insect bites usually show up a bumps and not linear. The burn line is likely from something else. ...Read more
My 6month old baby have dark spot on my skin caused insect bites what should I do or what is the best treatment to remove dark spot tnx?
Dark spots: This is a reaction to the insect bite it takes 5 weeks for skin to regenerate its normal color use lotion to sooth skin avoidance of bites is the best tx. ...Read more
Hello, Doctor For the last couple of days I've been feeling like some insects are crawling on my skin, this happen especially when I'm sleeping and?
Exam?: I'm guessing that you've tried the simple things like changing the bedclothes and cleaning the mattress and using a good quality skin lotion or anti-itch cream. If not - do. If so, see a Dr to determine the cause. Some could be external, some internal, some nervous system. Only an exam will tell. ...Read more
I keep hearing this light scratching noise in my head and always think something's in my hair because of it. I have a fear of insects ; mainly spiders. So that's what always comes to mind when I hear it. But there's never anything in my hair. What co
Noises in head: And fear of insects. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Then see a mental health professional for treatment of y our insect phobia. Peace and good health. ...Read more