Imaginary Insect or Mite Infestations

  • Jerome Goddard
Part of the Infectious Disease book series (ID)


If in practice very long, most physicians, regardless of specialty, have encountered patients who claim that invisible insects or mites are on/in their skin. For proof, they may even bring in tiny bottles, bags, envelopes, and so forth, containing specks of dusts, hair, lint, or skin that they claim contain the offending specimens. In response, these patients are usually examined for actual arthropod infestations, evaluated for organic causes of the crawling sensations, and (frequently) given antiscabicidal creams or lotions. However, more often than not, the patient becomes discouraged with that particular doctor and moves on to another. Such wandering among physicians, entomologists, and public health personnel may last for years without the patient ever receiving the help he or she really needs.


Atopic Dermatitis Cocaine Abuse Mite Infestation Steel Wool Family Practice Physician 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome Goddard
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  1. 1.Mississippi Department of HealthUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA

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