are there any insects that are not lice that live in your hair?

    My boyfriend has had a horrible problem being 'eaten alive' by biting insects. He has had two big scabs on his scalp that itch intermittently for a year. He thought he was allergic to the shampoo's he was using and always switched when it flared up. Four different doctors have prescribed him everything from antibiotics, a steroid shot, creams, lotions and all have told us to bomb our apartment. We have bombed twice with the most powerful stuff they sell. It doesn't matter, the biting goes with him. He finally figured out they were falling out of his hair and stinging his arms and upper torso. The weird thing is, NO ONE else is infected or has a single bite - only him. It's my understanding that lice are very contagious so it can't be lice.

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    If they are falling out of his hair and landing on his arm, this means they are large enough to be visible. Has the doctor seen them?

    The doctor has only seen the bites. He said if it feels like he has something crawline in his hair it probably because they're falling on to his body and biting him. He's meeting with the chief Dermatologist at our local hospital right now. The other doctors haven't been able to figure out what it is.
    Thank you for your help!

    My fingers are crossed for him that this doctor can help him.
    Do you have any pets? Could it be fleas?

    Have you ever watched him sleep to make sure he's not causing the scabs himself by digging at his head while he sleeps?

    Has he been to only medical doctors or has he been to a dermatologist?


    Scabies. (even this is contagious though)
    Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. The presence of the mite leads to intense itching in the area of its burrows. The urge to scratch may be especially strong while you're in bed at night.

    Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly through close physical contact in a family, child care group, school class or nursing home. Because of the contagious nature of scabies, doctors often recommend treatment for entire families or contact groups to eliminate the mite.

    Take heart in that scabies is readily treated. Medications applied to your skin kill the mites that cause scabies, although you may still experience some itching for several weeks.


    Thank you for your quick answers! Yes, we do have a dog but she's white (you can see fleas on a white dog), we use Revolution every month and she's not scratching at all!!

    I'm intrigued by the Scabies answer except that we're in close physical contact every day and I've never been bitten (nor has anyone else that's been in our house).

    One of the doctors (a GP) told him to go to the hospital because he has an infestation. The Dermatologist gave him special shampoo and cream and told him he was sensitive to bug bites. The allergist told us to bomb the apartment for a flea-like bug for which there is no English name. It's only been in the past two weeks that I've seen them. They're small black winged things. I've seen the bites but always thought they were spider bites. Ever since this started, he's been a magnet for spiders. It's weird, if there's one anywhere in the vacinity they seek him out and bite him. He been in the ER twice for NASTY spider bites. A pharmacist suggested that it could be something living in his scalp and these bugs are "seeking to return to base" as it were.

    Well the only thing that I know that lives under the skin, which can also mean under the scalp, is the scabies. Perhaps they are only infecting him now and not the other family members. This does not account for the wings you saw. Scabies look more like translucent fleas. One other thing it MAY be is bed bugs. Click the link to see pictures of bed bugs
    I'm sorry I could find the actual answer for you. I do wish him the best of luck in combating this. I hope an answer is found soon!

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