The Dangers of Delusional Parasitosis

Delusional parasitosis is quite a rare disorder. In delusional parasitosis the person who is suffering from this disorder has this mistaken belief that he or she has been infested by parasites. Delusional parasitosis includes all parasites like fleas, spiders, mites, bacteria, lice or any other parasite known. Delusional parasitosis is known to be really scary and frustrating for the person suffering from it. The person suffering from delusional parasitosis claims that the parasites are living under his or her skin or in other places of the body like in the stomach or in and around the openings of a person’s body. Delusional parasitosis causes the person to believe that the parasites have infested not just the person’s body rather his clothing, surrounding and home as well.

People suffering from delusional parasitosis go to doctors or dermatologists for help. The patients ask doctors to give them some treatment for their infection which they believe to have which is in reality not there. At times they even bring small particles, skin flakes, dust etc to the doctors in envelopes. Doctors have termed this practice as the “matchbox sign”. There are several reasons which lead to delusional parasitosis. Some of the most common reasons of delusional parasitosis include substance abuse involving drugs especially cocaine and amphetamine. Delusional parasitosis is most commonly found in those patients who excessively take cocaine. They begin to feel a weird itchiness on their skin which they believe to be parasites crawling underneath.

Many other reasons can also lead to delusional parasitosis. On very famous reason is when people consuming a lot of alcohol suddenly withdraw from it they often suffer from delusional parasitosis as a resultant to the sudden lack of alcohol in their body. In other cases of delusional parasitosis those patients who were suffering from very high fever might ended up feeling like they are being infested by parasites. Sometimes delusional parasitosis gets so serious that patients literally begin to see hallucinations involving parasites and insects. This experience can be very frightening for them.

If delusional parasitosis it can cause a lot of damage to the person. Many patients end up scratching themselves so badly that they damage their skin and bleed themselves out. In delusional parasitosis there are more chances of this happening when the patient is intoxicated or delirious. Therefore delusional parasitosis is a serious condition that can cause a lot of problems to the sufferer.

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