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Doctor insights on: Skin So Soft Insect Repellent

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Feeling of insects crawling under my skin all the time. What is wrong?

Feeling of insects crawling under my skin all the time. What is wrong?

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

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I feel insects crawling on my head. What is the cause and how dangerous is it?

I feel insects crawling on my head. What is the cause and how dangerous is it?

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

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Skin susceptible to bites from small insects and dust mites?

Skin susceptible to bites from small insects and dust mites?

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

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What kind of insect bite leaves a hole in the skin?

What kind of insect bite leaves a hole in the skin?

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

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Does the original avon skin so soft lotion work as an insect repellant? I heard it does and it doesn't.

Does the original avon skin so soft lotion work as an insect repellant?  I heard it does and it doesn't.

Insect repellent: 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

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When my little sister gets bitten by an insect her whole body gets infected, is that because of sensitive skin? What should she do?

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

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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?

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?

Paresthesia: Your symptoms are suggestive of a paresthesia, or abnormal sensation on the skin. This is usually a result of nerve irritation, of which there are many causes both mechanical and related to vitamin deficiencies. ...Read more

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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?

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