Generally when one thinks of skin parasites, they think of scabies and ring worm for which the medical profession is well equipped.
Unfortunately I contracted the types of skin parasites about which doctors know nothing. I was doing my yearly back yard Spring clean-up when it happened. As I pulled a strangulating vine from a tree I noticed a cloud of dust descending upon me. I disposed of the vine, decided to call it quits, and took a shower thinking no more of the dust cloud.
My profession is about managing stress and the use of hypnosis for eliminating unhealthy habits. Within a month my life changed to the point that I was on the brink of anxiety panic attack.
Two days later while visiting my mother; my lady friend, Fran, and I began itching all over our bodies. We immediately left for home and took hot baths which provided relief. But within hours we were both itching again. The next few days were horrendous and confusing as we used everything we could to get rid of them–anti itch creams, rid, Nix…
I deduced the source of the infection was that cloud of dust but that did little good. Soon we realized that our bedding was contaminated and we began laundering our bedding daily with bleach. We took scalding baths two-to-three times per day to control the itching and biting. And then we realized that the bugs were all over the house-on the furniture, in the rugs… Thinking it must be some kind of mite, I ordered diatomaceous earth and dusted it all over the house.
Realizing how prolific the mites were, I treated my front and rear yard and all the shrubs with an insecticide that kills jiggers.
Fran went to her doctor who found nothing and at her urging he prescribed Elimite. We both used it thinking life would soon be normal only to find that within four days all symptoms returned.
I went to a dermatologist who after observing all the bites and rashes, took a plug sample for analysis and prescribed antibiotics along with Diprolene. Again we had about four days of relative freedom and then all symptoms returned. My doctor called to inform me that the analysis of the plug sample showed nothing.
I tried everything I could think of–boric acid, sulfur… I mixed sulfur with Vaseline and applied it to my skin. I looked like I was jaundiced with liver disease; my silver hair was yellow. I noticed that my arms sparkled in sun light-maybe the eggs of the parasite.
After about three months of living in this hell. I experimented with approximately 30,000 mg of garlic and found that the symptoms stopped. After a few days I thought I was cured and stopped the garlic only to have the itching and biting return within days.
Fran moved away and got rid of her infestation with a product called Liquid Needles and ice baths. I could never bring myself to an ice bath and the Liquid Needles were like a band aid.
I relied heavily on garlic and eventually was at about 200,000 mg per day-I was popping those little round capsules like candy. I really didn’t notice any garlic odor about me so my body must have been using all the garlic or I was oozing it from my pores and was oblivious to it.
Ultimately I confided in a friend who suggested that I experiment with diet-an alternative to garlic. I began only eating eggs and within a day all symptoms of itching and biting had subsided. Life can get boring with only eggs so I began adding one new food at a time. I found that anything with wheat or oat flour caused symptoms to return. Rice was safe. Fruit was a big problem. The next couple years was about experimenting with various foods.
Eventually I found an old-timer doctor who was familiar with bird mites. He prescribed ORAP which along with the diet enabled me to eventually expand my diet to what I identify as Stage II of the diet. The ORAP was stopped after ten weeks and I remained on Stage II of the diet for nearly ten years during which time I got married, had normal intimate relations, and was free of being contagious as long as I remained on Stage II of the diet.