Crawling Under My Skin
by Joe Giangrasso
I don't believe my problem is as bad as some others have experienced. I have a definite sensation of something crawling under my skin, usually in my temple area and about my face.
It seems to occur after eating or drinking coffee. When I feel it, I can rub the area and it immediately stops.
I knew a woman that I think had this syndrome and the doctors did not have a clue but hers was different than mine. She had lesions on her arms.
Like me, she grows many potted cymbidium orchids. Not knowing the source of the problem she wound up giving away and selling thousands of dollars worth of her orchids thinking that they were the trigger.
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Although you say you have a crawling under my skin sensation, the fact that it goes away when you rub the area makes me agree that you probably don't have Morgellons.
Of course I can't "diagnose you" in any way, but I can give you a few thoughts to consider.
Have you had any antibiotics in recent months or years? I ask this because it is not at all uncommon for the use of antibiotics to trigger a yeast overgrowth in the body.
One of the major symptoms of yeast overgrowth (candida) in many people is a crawling sensation under the skin.
Candida can also be triggered by a diet high in sugars and carbohydrates.
There are other common intestinal parasites that create a crawling and/or pricking sensation under the skin. It may be hard to determine which, if any, you may be dealing with, which is why I most often recommend a general intestinal cleanse to help
the body eliminate unfriendly bacteria and pathogens. (I use Herbal Fiberblend
I also usually suggest an increase in the amount of friendly bacteria in your body by the use of probiotics (Florafood
As an additional thought, you may want to consider whether or not you may have some type of food allergy. Allergies, too, can create an unpleasant crawling sensation in some people.
Because you mentioned that you seem to notice this more when you eat or drink coffee, I thought it worth mentioning. There are places where you can go and be tested for a wide range of food allergies if that is something you'd like to consider.
This seeming 'trigger' may be the result of an allergy, or it may simply be that the caffeine or sugar, etc. in the food is suppressing your immune system further and allowing imbalance of unfriendly bacteria (whether yeast or other parasites) to continue to grow and spread.
I hope your friend has found a solution to her condition (which does indeed sound different than yours). I assume from what you wrote that it turned out NOT to be the orchids. What a sad shame.
Are there particular chemicals used in growing your orchids? Could you/she be dealing with a reaction from toxins? Just another angle to consider.
As you can see, there are so many different situations that could bring on the symptoms you are experiencing. I always try to think of the body as a whole.
When it is difficult to find a cause and effect, I believe the best approach is to do your best to cleanse your body and then support it with the best possible nutrition and immune boosters.
This approach gives your body the resources it needs to try to target and eliminate the underlying problem on its own. The human body is an amazing creation!
I hope these thoughts help you in some way. To your good health!