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itchy scalp, neck crawling sensation?

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  1. bbh

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 13:27:53
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    Losing my mind. What's the possibility that something is crawling around in my scalp? And on my neck? I'm not exactly itching, but I'm feeling things there. All day. I find my hand keeps going to my neck and nape and scalp. My daughter seems to be doing same. Several weeks ago (a month maybe? I don't remember) we both had lice. I treated us, and she seemed to be ok but I felt that I couldn't get rid of mine, and she was scratching some. Went to have our heads checked. I was told I had nothing, and she just had a nit. We both kept scratching, so I went back 10 days later, which was last Thursday. Again, our heads came up clean. But the lice person showed me scabs on my daughter's scalp (she didn't mention anything about scabs on mine, but I don't know how carefully she checked for that) and on the way home from there I looked at my daugther's legs and saw bites. Dog came next day and confirmed bed bugs, as does the fecal matter, and so on.

    I now think that what I thought was intractable lice was probably bed bugs. Although I don't get bites on my skin, I guess I'm getting them on my scalp. But why do I feel like things are crawling around all day, including on my nape/neck? And she is putting her hand to the same areas on herself as well. Thoughts? Recommendations?

    We are going to sleep somewhere after we're sprayed tomorrow, as we plan to leave 'clean'. But I can't go somewhere if I'm afraid of transmitting stuff in scalp - and I did see something about bird mites on here... Help??????

    And what kind of specialist could look on our heads for us? I'm going anyway to the dermatologist tmw; I guess she can check. But what about my daughter - and it would have to be someone who knows about this stuff anyway, yes?

    Very out of control because I feel there's no where for us to sleep Friday and Saturday. I'm now terrified of hotels, and I don't want to bring anything to a friend...

  2. Jenn28

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Jun 30 2010 13:52:59
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    bbh,

    It's not a good idea to sleep elsewhere after treatment. You are supposed to continue to sleep in your bed and act as bait during treatment. If the bugs have nobody to come out and bite, they won't come out and cross the spray and die. They will just stay in their hiding place. I know it's hard to think that you have to sleep in your bed and continue to get bitten, but that's how it gets better. The bites will become less and less until they are gone.

    In regards to your head, I don't know what to say. It's highly unlikely that bed bugs will live in your hair. It's also very common to constantly feel like something is crawling all over you when in fact nothing is there. I still get that way sometimes. See what the dermatologist says about your scalp.

    Good luck

    Jenn

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 14:39:54
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    BBH

    If you take showers, change into freshly laundered clothing and take some basic precautions... It will be unlikely that you will transport any bed bugs with you to another location.

    I realize that you wrote that the bed bugs were confirmed after the K9 alert, but bites on the scalp would be an unusual presentation for bed bugs.

    Bed bugs do not typically live on their host or harbor in the hair on a human scalp.

    The lack of bites on other parts of your body doesn't seem consistent with the normal feeding pattern for bed bugs either. The bites on your child's legs sound more like a description of bed bug bites.

    Jenn is correct about acting as bait... Look into isolating your beds with mattress / box spring covers and Climb Up Interceptors... Read the FAQs on this site for more information.

    I understand that this is very scary for you, but panic is your enemy in this situation.

    You have my total sympathy... it is hard not to panic.

    Work with your PCO and ask questions here on the forum to formulate an effective plan.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Jun 30 2010 15:08:08
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    Personally? I'm getting a hair cut the day I move. I believe bed bugs don't live as scabies and lice do on people, but I am not convinced that we do not carry their eggs in our hair. That said I have stayed many a night or two with a friend and when I took the proper precautions, never infested them.

    Good luck--
    Amy

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Wed Jun 30 2010 16:09:48
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    Thanks. Unfortunately, we can't intercept, because we are both without bed frames right now. In order to encase my daughter's box spring I had to get rid of the legs that screwed in to it (or so I mistakenly thought, and did) and mine isn't set up for the interceptors. In fact, I'm likely to throw out the frame I have, which is a wooden (and presumably infested) daybed, unless someone tells me that post treatment, it will likely be fine. So I don't think I can isolate us. Sadly. (It seems that the idea of being around, then, after treatment, is to get them to cross the poison, just not necessarily to get all the way to you?)

    For sure my daughter had both the scalp scabs and the bites. What else could we have going on in scalps? If bird mites, I'm through...

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 20:10:23
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    This is a link to a Times article. Read it in it's entirety, it may help you understand what is going on...this is my best guest. Good luck!

    http://http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=1

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 20:11:03
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  8. mcsmcs

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 20:35:16
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    That's a REALLY interesting article...makes me hopeful I am just being neurotic and not actually a host for BBs.... (not at all insinuating the OP is, just saying...maybe I am making myself itch!).

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 22:00:56
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    gee...i'm kinda sorry i read that...

    itttchy nowwwww

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    Wed Jun 30 2010 22:25:45
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    Thing is that I have real physical (non-BB) reason for itching in my legs (some sort of edema I think) which sometimes feels like insects crawling up and down my legs.

    And when I read this bulletin board my scalp itches (which I know is psychosomatic).

    The only thing that doesn't make me itch are the actual bed bug bites. Most often I only find them when I look in the mirror because their usually on the bottom of my forearm.

    Eve


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