There are several forms of skin parasite that can cause suffering and illness in people, and most are well known and understood. They take the form of miniature insects – mites, fleas and ticks to be broad – and show up in a number of ways, causing a variety of skin problems that can be a source of notable pain to the inflicted.
The Scabies Mite Among the most widely recorded instances of mites in humans are some that feature the the Scabies, or Itch, mite. This miniscule mite feeds on our blood and eats tiny tunnels in the skin where the female lays her egg stays for her lifetime. The creatures are spread by one to one contact, as they can not survive without a human host. The tunnelling of the mites instigates very serious itching and discomfort, and leaves behind a tiny indication of a line where the mite has burrowed under the skin.
Inflammation of the skin also occurs, and scratching by the patient is inevitable, and simply exaggerates the problem. Identifying scabies is quite quick – the discolouration of the skin and the terrible itching are ever present – but it might also be a symptom of other similar infections , and is thus not easy to diagnose correctly. One notable problem is that the symptoms may not be felt until several weeks after the mites have come to live, leading to the problem being much advanced by the time it is diagnosed. Once spotted, however, scabies can be treated with a choice of creams and lotions and other solutions, and is not difficult to treat very swiftly indeed.
Ticks are distinguished from mites in that they exist on the skin, and feed on our blood by eating their way into the skin and securing themselves by way of very powerful protruding barbs. This is one facet of ticks that live on mammals and humans that instils them extremely horrible; it also makes them supremely difficult to remove with ease, and whether on a human or animal, it is dangerous to simply pick a tick that is in the process of eating off the body. This action will to leave the jaw section – the anchor – in the first layers of the skin and, in a number of cases, can impel surgery being necessary in order to prevent serious infection. The agreed method of removing ticks is to encase them in butter or oil, or other fatty substances, which serves to suffocate the mite in a short time. The use of fats results in a relaxing of the creature’s grip, and it should thus be easy to remove. Ticks, in particular those found in tropical countries, can carry a number of very problematic fevers, and as such ought to be treated with a degree of necessity in all cases.
Morgellons Syndrome One of the more interesting problems associated with skin parasites is that known as Morgellons Syndrome, a recently investigated condition that is as interesting as it is troubling. Morgellons syndrome is a parasitic infection with a very odd feature – there are no parasites medical institutions as a delusionary condition. However, it is accepted as not being an entirely modern condition, just one that has been pictured more widely in recent years. Treatment for Morgellons syndrome often follows that undertaken for similar delusionary illnesses, and so far it has not been viewed by the medical profession as anything other than a problem akin toan inexplicable psychological