Mite Be Scabies

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I have been to 4 different doctors, 2 being dermatologist. All seem to think I have scabies. I have done 2 different regiments of Permethrin 5pct. And 3 rounds of Ivermectin 15mg body weight of 180lbs. Now one year into treatments and problem seems even worse. I am now getting bites on my face area usually two at a time at random places on the facial and neck area. It needs to be noted that these areas are easier to kill the mite or whatever it is but chemical burns from the Permethrin appear before the mize of the mite. My understanding is that scabie mite do not effect adults from neck up??? I do not like to question Doctors, but this has gone on long enough and my wife who sleeps with me has not shown the first sign of infestation(thank goodness). Any clarifying comment would be appreciated??

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Steven! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem that you're having.

No, that doesn't sound like scabies, especially if your wife hasn't gotten them. They are a type of skin mite and are not selective about who they infest. They would very easily spread in your bed, on towels, via intercourse and etc.

And you are correct that they don't usually infect the face and neck, however, it can happen, if the infestation goes untreated for a very long time.

Have they had you try Lindane lotion, yet?

I know that it's no longer the first choice treatment, but it is effective and is often used, when someone hasn't responded to the others. I'm not sure if the temporary approval that it has for use has run out, or not. You may want to ask your doctor about it. Its typical side effects, as listed by the FDA, may include skin irritation, redness and dryness.

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