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What is delusional parasitosis?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Intense suffering

Delusional parasitosis is a psychiatric condition where a person believes s/he is infested or parasitized by bugs, worms, or other creatures.
Most patients describe the infestation as being on or just under the skin, in or around body openings, or internal (particularly in the stomach or intestines). It can lead to severe scratching or mutilation, or using poisons to cleanse themselves.

In brief: Intense suffering

Delusional parasitosis is a psychiatric condition where a person believes s/he is infested or parasitized by bugs, worms, or other creatures.
Most patients describe the infestation as being on or just under the skin, in or around body openings, or internal (particularly in the stomach or intestines). It can lead to severe scratching or mutilation, or using poisons to cleanse themselves.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: False belief

From the online medical textbook UpToDate®: "Delusional parasitosis is a rare disorder in which affected individuals have the fixed, false belief (delusion) that they are infected by 'bugs': parasites, worms, bacteria, mites, or other living organisms.
As with all delusions, this belief cannot be corrected by reasoning, persuasion, or logical argument."

In brief: False belief

From the online medical textbook UpToDate®: "Delusional parasitosis is a rare disorder in which affected individuals have the fixed, false belief (delusion) that they are infected by 'bugs': parasites, worms, bacteria, mites, or other living organisms.
As with all delusions, this belief cannot be corrected by reasoning, persuasion, or logical argument."
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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