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My problem began with my mother and spread to my uncle and

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My problem began with my mother and spread to my uncle and myself. I have a crawling sensation in my face, neck, and ears. I have no rashes or itch what so ever. My derm believes it was Demodex and has prescribed me oral ivermectin 18mg once a week, permethrin 5% once a week, and ivermectin lotion .1 nightly applied to face, hair, neck, and eye lashes. I even clean my eyes twice a day with a scrub pad recommended by an eye dr. The crawling began to get worse after taking the oral ivermectin. I began to feel the crawling sensation soon after and it has spread all across my body but mostly on my face, neck, ears, and upper chest. This only happens when I take the oral ivermectin or apply the ivermectin lotion. The sensation was mostly at night but after 3 weeks in this regimen I now feel them crawling during the day and night. Sometimes I can feel a biting sensation in my cheeks next to my mustache. I also shower with tea tree oil. What can I do to make this go away? Do I need to up my oral ivermectin? I wash my sheets and pillow cases every night. I have even pulled a hair out my arm and watched it move across the mirror I laid it on. I was diagnosed with Demodex as scabies was ruled out early on. Is it possible it's another mite or is this normal during treatment and the feelings will subside? I have no marks or rashes but I can feel them crawling as I type. They immediately surface when I apply the ivermectin lotion or take the oral ivermectin.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

This is Dr. David

do you have a history of excessive anxiety disorder? this can cause sensations of crawling on the skin.

you need to moisturize all the skin on your body after you shower daily.

you should use Dove moisturizing soap to wash.

have you had your thyroid hormone levels checked? abnormal thyroid hormone levels can cause itching skin.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

do you have any other questions?