Parasites are real and an average person is likely to get bug-bites at some moment of his life. Infestation by parasites causes allergic responses of skin in human, while some others can land you in hospital, or may be, at cemetery. Most of commonly found parasite and bugs are rarely life-threatening, but they can cause huge inconvenience due to intense itchiness. For instance, when louse take piece of epidermis, it itches because human tissue is allergic to its saliva.
If something has bit you while you are asleep, and are experiencing severe itching, how would you figure out what kind of bug or parasite it was? There is no other way but to get an overview about itching due to various bug-bites of parasite infestation.
Obviously, it’s better to run to doctor if you itching gets intense, but it’ll be cool if you could identify the cause yourself and use some basic methods to get rid of itching and infestation. You would be required to observe what does the sensation feel like, when does it occurred, at what time of day or night, on what part of the body, your age, length of affliction and any previous history related to skin conditions.
What could have bit me indoors?
That’s a very important question because some parasites are more notorious than others, like scabies mites and lice. Then, there are hair follicle mites, which are microscopic mites and live in hair follicles and sebaceous glands of humans. Mostly, they are harmless.
Scabies mites and its symptoms
On the other hand, scabies mites (Sarcoptes scabaei) are microscopic evils that burrow under human skin, feed on it, lay eggs and keep crawling and digging deeper into your skin.
Sever itching and appearance of red bumps and lines on skin surface. Itching gets intense during night while in bed, it reappears after weeks of treatment, and common ointments completely fails to terminate it because it’s underneath skin. The lines and burrows are created as the mite penetrate the skin and move.The itching is allergic reaction of skin to foreign agent including the eggs it lays.
Most commonly known type of lice is head lice, but actually there are other types of lice too, like body lice and public lice. It’s a 1-3 mm in length, feed on your blood, is transmitted by close physical contact with another infested person. While head lice crawl on human scalp under dense hair, body lice would hide itself in human clothing or hair in other parts of the body.
You experience a tickling feeling like something very tiny is crawling on your scalp and you are being bitten at various spots. Itching disappear as you scratch your head, but it reappears at another point. You develop tiny wounds as louse bite leaves skin open to bacteria, causing infection.
Other bug-bites could be mosquitoes, fleas, insects, chigger bites, tick bites, spider bits, and fire ant. While parasites have this tendency of growing rapidly in number feeding on host’s body, some other bugs/insects bite as defense to external threat and their effects and symptoms are temporary.