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  1. fighthefight

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Sat Jun 27 2015 0:40:28
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    Also. Body lice live in the seams of your clothing so you have to wash everything at the same time and wash sheets and blankets every day. Ugh these things are nasty but I am determined to get rid of them and make this house a happy home.

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Sat Jun 27 2015 15:51:11
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    Fightthefight,

    This thread is three years old and on another topic.

    Please start a new thread if you would like to discuss your situation . You can copy these posts there if you like.

    If you are not sure how to start a new thread, the post FAQs about the forums/How to use the forums covers this and other questions.

    It should soon be possible for me to do this for you but for now it isn't. Thanks!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 4 years ago
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    I have experience black specks on my body on and off for the past two years. Mine was in some type of cycle as they started off reddish brown and embedded into my skin at first. The drs first thought it was chiggers (harvest mites). My dog had them as well. Once the samples were tested is when my nightmare began as the result came back as "debris". It was a bit difficult for me as I had leaks in my apt. Roof leaks and leaks under my sink...so naturally my apt had mold...which at the time I was unfamiliar with. I also had a leaky radiator and a defective ventilation system that blew in instead of out...I live in a "sick building" in NYC.

    I was so focused on "mites" and would come on these type of sites to get answers. I must have been sounding like a nutjob because my mother told me to STOP. I'm glad I listened. Not to disrespect anyone on here but to be honest if you read the forums, and I agree with certain members who are trying to tell you the same, as one who's walked your shoes, you can't let these forums influence you and create things in your mind. I understand your pain and know these drs are idiots and don't give answers. NO ONE DOES...because they don't know. But you have to go on a hunt and use your education and wits to FIND the answers that MAKE SENSE MEDICALLY. I too poured the listerine, clorox, alcohol, olive oil, vinegar, borax, all sorts of soaps, God what didn't I put on my skin...to bring some relief...and try to make these specks go away. I would cry by myself seeing that no matter how many times I bathed...they would still be on my skin...yet I was told it was "debris" and that it was most likely something "environmental".

    I sent my samples to Columbia Universities' entomolgist and I saw Lou Sorkin in person early 2014 at the National Museum of History. So I was pleased to read his name on here. Once he confirmed indeed what was on my skin was not a mite, I erased that concept out of my mind and had to think outside the box as I didn't want this to consume my life. He told me "you have to find the SOURCE of your problem before you continue to treat yourself' and gave me a nice loopa lol. That's when I had to use my smarts and common sense. So I would like to pass this down to you as no one here seems to give answers or advise. I hope it helps.

    1. The first thing you should do is RELAX , RELAX, RELEASE :lol:...be optimistic and stop thinking "mites", bugs and rule out other possibilities that give these same symptoms as there are numerous. Once you have your samples tested that they're not. Scratch this out.
    2. If you have a radiator, boiler, roof check to make sure it's not leaking...and any other LEAKS.
    3. Have your home professionally tested for MOLD. Even if you don't see black on walls... Mold comes in different colors and hides behind the walls. It releases mold spores. It also gives crawling sensation, pinpricks, etc...
    My experience is that Dr's don't seem to know much about mold, so that will be another uphill for you as well. If your home tests positive for mold you should also get tested for MOLD EXPOSURE (mycotoxins) but will have to come out of pocket as your insurance won't cover it. http://tuberose.com/Mold_Fungus.html

    There are a few sites that give great information on mold: moldblogger.com/mold-on-skin-causes-symptoms-treatment/ survivingmold.com/mold-symptoms​ blacktoxicmolds.com/mold-signs.php

    Look at the symptoms and check list. You will be surprised how familiar this is to the "invisible bug" many people describe.

    4. Ask your Dr. to test you for FUNGAL SKIN INFECTIONS as well. Google it and check the symptoms...very similar. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0078866
    a) Mine gave me a biopsy and I had folliculitis...inflamation of the pores. I also shed new skin they said around my fingers (I later read that hydrocarbon does this).

    Trust me I understand for all those who've been through it. I went to 6 or 7 Doctors. Allergist, 2 environmental specialist, my general doctor, 2 Dermatologist, Toxicologist...it was torture that NO ONE had answers and half didn't know anything about mold or environmental hazards. I'm not a cryer...in life you have to simply turn the page.

    5. PARTICULATE MATTERS-are microscopic airborne fragments that give reaction and caused by various toxic environmental factors....
    a)hydrocarbons
    b) ***FIBERGLASS INSULATION (UFFI) -http://thehealthcoach1.com/?p=1995- this may be the "shiny" stuff many of you describe. This is what I have. I live in an old building in NYC. My ventilation system is defective and blows IN. Have yours inspected.
    6. INDOOR AIR POLLUTION-This is a serious issue and causes symptoms as well. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html
    7. SICK BUILDING SYNDROME- http://www.medicinenet.com/sick_building_syndrome/article.htm
    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/industrial-chemical-toxins

    8. What relieved me and my dog? The dr prescribed. Nizoral Shampoo and Cream. I asked her for it. (Anti-Fungal). You can get the Nizoral shampoo over the counter. She prescribe Triamcinolone Cream (steroid). I was using Carbolic soap but find that Pine Soap and Coal Tar Soap works better. Also the white Safeguard (Triclocarbon). Athletes foot spray helped A LOT for all those with the itching. (LOTRIMIN). It's actually a fungal cream just like Nizoral.

    Neem for the dog's skin...your's as well. Read about it. It's like a "tussin".

    I had other issues as I mentioned I had several elements going on. Aside from this I had high blood pressure, joint pain and breathing issues. I got treated for my asthma. I refused pressure pills.

    For my HOME- I spray 91% alcohol or windex on the windows and walls...bed, etc to tame down the spores. And when I felt it in my CAR I did the same. Bombing will not help.
    9. Buy an AIR PURIFIER

    My symptoms calmed down for a few months but once I let management tamper with the repairs :roll:it aggravated the black specks recently so I know it's definitely my apartment. Wipe your walls with white tissue. You will see it's not only on your skin. It favors moisture so check the bathroom.

    I'm currently sending the specks to a forensic lab to have this analyzed. From all my research I'm almost sure they're fiberglass particles or hydrocarbon particles. I doubt they are mold spores...

    Be a little more optimistic everyone. Find SOLUTIONS. Don't overwhelm yourselves. Inspectapedia is a great site. It breaks down the issues in your home from corner to corner.

    Hope I was able to help.

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    I sent my samples to Columbia Universities' entomolgist and I saw Lou Sorkin in person early 2014 at the National Museum of History.
    Just a slight correction. Not National Museum of History, but American Museum of Natural History.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Black specks here too. Hot pin prick bites on the larger specks, crawling sensations around nose, and in ears.

    PCO couldn't find anything charged to treat that was 2 months ago.

    Here's an experiment for you: when you feel itchy, set your oven to 215 degrees and put the clothes your wearing on the top shelf. After about 45 minutes you will begin to smell a sickly/sweet/foul smell coming from the oven, and clothes that had nothing on them will have beige dust spots of varying sizes all over them.

    When the itching is bad heating my clothes let's me know how many their are. The more intense the smell, the more I find baked on.

    Fresh clothes too! I can put neatly folded and washed clothes in when I'm itchy I smell that racid smell.

    I took samples to the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg Biology department and talked to Debbie Cassill. We looked at everything under a microscope but nothing could be identified.

    I just keep finding stories on this website quite a bit that are just like mine (from google searches of symptoms).

    So I guess I have done everything I should do in this situation, and none of it has yeilding anything.

    Well folks, time to get more resourceful or else stories like ours will continue to proliferate.

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    After many months of agony and much research, nobody here is delusional. It’s simply carpet beetles. Google for more info. They shed and spread glitter, fibers, and black tar looking skin. The larvae will get in your nose and throat. Nasty lil boogers! Borax, borax solution with water, vinegar, and alcohol should help tremendously. I’m currently waging war with them. It won’t be won in a week, but I will kick their butts! For instant relief, take a bath with borax added to the water. You will be amazed at how many are actually on you. And you’ll feel the best you have felt in a long time. Now, go soak and enjoy. Google or Pinterest for how much and how long to soak. Oh yeah, don’t fall for most of the garbage some people spread. Think simply and logically.

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    nascat29:
    "It’s simply carpet beetles. Google for more info. They shed and spread glitter, fibers, and black tar looking skin. The larvae will get in your nose and throat. "
    --This thread goes back 5 years. No. Quite wrong. These items aren't indicative of carpet beetles.

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    I’ve recently moved to Hawaii. I was pulling a palm frond down and was hit by some debris as it was coming down. I immediately had stinging on my back and chest was asking my kids if they could see anything and I was searching for any ants/bugs and we couldn’t find anything. The next day I was covered in itchy bites (about 8 on my chest and 10 on my back). I thought “okay, some fire ants got me, they were just fast and I never saw them.” Except a couple days later, I put on a dress from my closet and had the same sensation of stinging on my back. I pulled the dress off and checked it while I had my kids check my back. Nothing on my back. Nothing on the dress and the stinging stopped. I put the dress back on, it starts all over again. We go through this three times and I finally find something else to wear. The next day, my back is covered in itchy bites. I’m lost. I’m a biologist with a dissecting microscope...if I could find the insect, I’d try to ID it but I can’t find anything. It could be some spines from the palms...that would be the best case scenario, but the lines of bites on my skin look like the path of a biting insect. I do have black specks all over my house, but I suspect they’re cockroach droppings. Cockroaches are everywhere in the tropics. How do I catch this insect if it is an insect?

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    Hi Hawaii_bugs,

    You situation would have warranted a fresh thread.

    From what you have said I would start with the hypothesis that something that is now on the dress is causing the reaction. I used to have a similar reaction to the sap of hawthorn bushes in the UK. This may be resolved through the use of a biological washing powder or simply through not wearing the dress again.

    People are often drawn towards insects when they are seeking answers but often they are not the beasties that people seek.

    Hope that helps.

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