Mental Health Awareness Week โ€“ Worms of the Mind

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Worms of the Mind

Mental Health Awareness Week โ€“ Worms of the Mind

Have you ever felt that something is crawling on your skin, or something might be biting you and when you go to brush it away, you see that there was nothing there?

Now imagine feeling this sensation all the time..

This is known as Delusory Parasitosis.

What is Delusory Parasitosis ?

Delusory parasitosis also known as Ekbom Syndrome is the belief that the body is infested with invisible bugs, mites, worms or other parasites.

What happens to people with Delusory Parasitosis ?

People who suffer from this disorder get the feeling of crawling bugs below their skin. The sensation feels very real, and can often lead them to dig into their skin in order to try to find and remove these invisible bugs with items such as:

  • Fingernails
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Knives

People who suffer from this disorder will often seek assistance from their local GP, dermatologists, mental health professionals or even veterinarians.

Many times, pest control companies are also contacted, asking about biting insects.

What causes Delusory Parasitosis ?

Research has found that this problem can be caused by :

  • Stress
  • Reactions to use or abuse of prescription or illicit drugs
  • Allergic sensitivity
  • Dry skin
  • Mechanical irritants
  • Skin cancers
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Protein deficiencies
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Delusory parasitosis.

A final Note:

Sydneys Best Pest Control understands that this is a real disorder which is why we have put steps in place to ensure that the issue you are having, is actually a pest problem and not another cause.

When clients call Sydneys best Pest Control informing us they are being bitten we go through a series of questions known as a process of elimination.

We also request clients conduct a bites test and to see if they can see any physical signs of pests that could be causing their issue.

If you have an issue you would like to discuss with one of our team please call us on 1800 819 189 or visit our website

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