Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?

I've suffered in all aspects- mostly now mentally I suppose, for over a year from bug bites that hurt, itch, more than anything I've ever felt. I've also been "stung, bitten," to extremes where I sweat in pain, and scream! They are teeny, and burrow in my skin. They look black mostly, and the sores eventually become huge, thick ugly scabs- that is if I don't dig them out due to pain or uncontrollable itching.


I've tried everything! I've been to 3 dermatologists. The one I'm staying with, tried pills to work internally. No such luck! I use 1 pill for night itching, as nights seem worse, as do outdoor bites. I am afraid to go out, but I force myself. I hate looking at my once clear skin. So showers are very stressful. I'm afraid of them honestly. I close my eyes. I actually met another woman who had a mild case on the back of her legs. She found green tea ointments, Cetaphil hand/body soap, Cetaphil lotion, and green tea leave in moisturizer-meant for hair-made by Green Tree, all help. I believe "they" despise green tea wipes, gels, anything, and many times all the black things eventually come out of sores. I even use green tea shampoo & conditioner. I keep my long hair pulled up mostly.

It's a full-time, ridiculously stressful job, putting on 10 ointments, over counter non-drowsy allergy pills, washing and conditioning my hair with Green Tea hair products, lotions, changing my clothes 2-3 times daily, always after a shower! I used to bag all clothes from the dryer, but getting dressed took an hour, and truly I don't notice a difference. I've been told - no dryer sheets or liquid softener. I use Lysol liquid made to add to laundry soap. I do have a very very low immune system, and think my hours of gardening when my dad was dying, is where I may have contracted "them" originally. I was often on my bare knees, no gloves, etc. for years. Now I fear the bites, stings, even venturing outdoors.

My dermatologist is going to do a biopsy if "counseling" doesn't help. At least he's not cruel, and he does care. How much of my story, wondering, sounds like "U"- anyone? Has anyone been successful totally or on their way to a cure? This has destroyed my entire self - stolen my identity, depressed me to very low places, and then life's problems, blessings, are super hard to be present! Thank you to anyone, and I surely understand this "disease" as scary, awful, for all.

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August 16, 20191 found this helpful

Call an exterminator. You may have bird mites. They can be eliminated and you will have your life back.

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August 16, 20191 found this helpful

Prayers for healing. I hope your doctors find solutions.

There are many people who suffer as you do. Here are some threads on Thrifty Fun where people have similar issues. I know some of the threads are older, but you can see that you are not alone and maybe you can strike up a conversation with one of those folks and read some things they have tried.


Best wishes for your healing:

Take care!

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August 17, 20190 found this helpful

can only offer sympathy,sorry,and sincere hope you get to the bottom of this. god bless xxxx

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August 18, 20190 found this helpful

Take clothing and linens outside and cover in Diatomaceous earth, spray everything with rubbing alcohol, add Tea Tree oil to washing clothes.

Try getting a professional exterminator to fog your home.


Purchase mattress and box springs encasements.

Check out Is there any spot on your house that may contain bird nests? In the walls or in pipes, etc? If so, get exterminator to inspect all areas for nests.

Good luck!

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