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What causes small black brown dots all over body and crawling sensation?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: Thank you. I have been to several doctors and dermotologist for the past 4 years. I have these small black, brown or ckear dots. Sometimes the bire feeks like a fire ant got me and other times i get the crawling sensation sensation. I keep baby wipes on hand and when wiped i always find these black dots. Sometimes when they bite i can scrap them from underneath my skin. They apoear for 3-10 days then they are gone! I have been prescribed all manner of antibotics, ivermectin and lotions. I get the feeling my doctor and dermotologist think this is all in my head! I have given them samples od what i took off my body, and i mean from ALL different areas of my body. I am 56 yrs old and in good health. I have kept a log of each occurance, when they come and when they leave. These things DO NOT affect my husband or 17 yr old son, though i find them on them they are not affected. I KNOW that i am of sound mind and body and have been married for 20 yrs and have lived in the same house and property all these many years. I am at my wits end!!! i have spent thousands of dollars on exterminators and doctors. I have my own lab microscope and i KNOW this is not just DIRT as my dermotologist suggest. I shower 3-4 times per day, MUST sweep and mop my entire home daily, wipe down walls, lamp shades, ceiling fans, counters, etc.... They show up on my washer and dryer, around bath tubs, bathroom floors just about any surface you can see. Ever so often i will find them in my bathroom sink and if i dont turn on the water or smash them with my finger they jump away. I DO NOT find these jumping bugs on me, just the dots and i never see them move!!!! i am at my wits end, i don't know where else to turn???? these are real and are NOT imagined. I date this back to 4 years prior when i was standing in the bathroom washing my hands and like any other day i had my feet under the elevated edge of the cabinet when i felt a hundred stings on the top of my right foot. I immediately ran to the tub and rinsed of my feet and was keft with a concentated amount of tiny white bumps on the top of my right only, these bumos remain even today. I have had several biopsys to no avail. I loofa them down but they remain!!!!! the palms of both hands are red with darker red small dots on the edge of both hands. I know i have more symptoms but too many to remember over these past 4 yrs. I am retired and have been since 2008. Any advice, diagnosis or comments will happily accepted. I live in XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (17 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly upload a few Images

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I gave gone through your query in detail.

You have been suffering from this condition since 4 years and despite repeated visits to dermatologist and doctors.

The first thing that came to my mind while going through your query was that this condition could be a body lice infestation.
Body lice infestation can present as black or brown specks on body and irritation, itching, crawling sensations etc.

But then when I went further through the details of your query I found that you are a scrupulous hygienic person, therefore it is unlikely that it is a simple body lice infestation.

Moreover you have been treated with Ivermectol and lotions which would have cured the infestation.

My second possibility is of course that of Delusional Parasitosis, but that is only after I have a look at the Images as to what these spots actually look like and whether they could be responsible for the symptoms.

I request you to click and upload a few close up/ magnified Images of these spots. You can ask your son to click it for you.

You may upload these image either at "Reports Section"

Or else

You may also mail me the image at YYYY@YYYY
Kindly mention the subject of this mail as Attention Dr.kakkar.

Regards
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Brief Answer: Kindly upload a few Images Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us I gave gone through your query in detail. You have been suffering from this condition since 4 years and despite repeated visits to dermatologist and doctors. The first thing that came to my mind while going through your query was that this condition could be a body lice infestation. Body lice infestation can present as black or brown specks on body and irritation, itching, crawling sensations etc. But then when I went further through the details of your query I found that you are a scrupulous hygienic person, therefore it is unlikely that it is a simple body lice infestation. Moreover you have been treated with Ivermectol and lotions which would have cured the infestation. My second possibility is of course that of Delusional Parasitosis, but that is only after I have a look at the Images as to what these spots actually look like and whether they could be responsible for the symptoms. I request you to click and upload a few close up/ magnified Images of these spots. You can ask your son to click it for you. You may upload these image either at "Reports Section" Or else You may also mail me the image at YYYY@YYYY Kindly mention the subject of this mail as Attention Dr.kakkar. Regards