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Michelle
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I am hoping someone out there can help me.  My Grandpa is 99 yrs old and thinks he has bugs on his body.  He has put chemicals on his skin in the past to kill them so it is very serious.  He believes they are in the yard and house also.  His memory is great, his health is also great for his age.  He is becoming paranoid.  Anyone else going through this?  Thanks, Michelle
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billie jo
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michelle, not that i can be of any help but it might help others in their response to you. does you grandpa think he SEES bugs on his skin and in the yard or does he just FEEL them? it could be an important difference between halucinations or a skin or nerve disorder. or something entirely different from those two posssibilities. sorry, i can't be of any help here. good luck.  

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rosie
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My dad,95, has had similar feelings for some time,crawling and itching and little "stinging pains". Some nerve thing I imagine.He doesn't get too bothered about it though, he knows it isn't bugs.
However your grandpa believes there really are bugs.He most likely really feels them,but doesn't understand that they aren't there. I think that it is a health/psych issue and would seek medical assistance.It is very likely he suffers from anxiety at the very least.
To me it seems that an oldster suffering from this delusion should be in the safety of AL where they do not have access to harmful pesticides;might be time to consider it.
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new 1
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Michelle, even if there is a remote possibility that he has lice, he still needs to see the doc.   This is more likely a reaction to meds, or maybe dehydration, but it could be something new.  Could be a UTI.   I would call the pharmacy first and see if it might be one of his meds just to have that info with me before calling the doc.  In the meantime, I would give him a tube of aloe vera gel with lidocaine (find in the drugstore sunburn section.) or even offer to spray him with solorcaine if that's what it takes to guiet him.  Make sure he is getting proper fluids.   If he doesn't like water, give him jello or water melon.   

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SheilaJ
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My MIL had this, plus various other delusions, both times when she was in the hospital, and these hospitalizations wer two years apart. Not sure if it was a UTI, withdrawal from alcohol and nicotine, or medication-induced. It was scary and creepy but eventually got better.

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~OK~
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Hi Michelle,
 
My dad often had hallucinations and thought insects were crawling on him. He itched all the time and would demand that I slather Cortaid all over his body everyday to control the itching. Doctors could never find any medical or physical reason for his itching and prescribed Xanax to calm him down.
 
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lifeisgood
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Niacin can make your skin feel like bugs are crawling on you.

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Lynne
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 I recently saw a medical story where an elderly man got pesticide poisoning because he thought bugs were everywhere. He taped all the cracks and windows in his home so not one spec of air could get in ( to keep the "bugs" out and sprayed everything until the pesicide overtook him. They had to remove him from the home and place him somewhere. I can't remember what show that was on.
 Can you fool him by getting some kind of empty pump spray bottle or can and tell him it is the best bug killer out there and safest for him, in the mean-time fill it with plain water and scent it with some harmless medicinal smelling cologne?

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Lynne
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 I also meant to ask if he has had a medical check-up lately? Many conditions can cause the feeling of bugs on the skin ( called "parethesias"). It is usually something irritating the fine nerves on the skin, and extremities. Sometimes anemia can cause it, liver disorders, and poor circulation in the legs. It can feel like pns and needles but often others describe the feeling of bugs crawling.

Check out this article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paresthesia
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Michelle
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I want to thank everyone for their responses.  Just to let you know, my grandpa is in a safe (no chemicals for him to get hold of) and bug free environment.  His crawling sensations that he feels do come and go.  They are beginning to go away again.  He cannot see any bugs, etc.  I have researched Paresthesia and plan on talking with his doctor about it.  I wish everyone the best with their elderly loved ones.  Thanks, Michelle
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Cathy
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I saw my doctor this morning and mentioned that for the past 5-6 weeks, I've felt like bugs are crawling on me.  When I drive my car, I feel them on my legs.  Otherwise, I can feel them on my arms or body.  There are never any bugs there.
I started taking Chantix to stop smoking at about the time this started so we're thinking it may be a drug interaction.  I have about five more weeks of Chantix left and then we'll see if the bug feeling goes away.
Please don't think it's because someone is old.  You can always contact your Pharmacist and ask him/her.  I do take a lot of medication and a Pharmacist is actually more knowledgeable regarding medications and their interactions.
I hope it goes away before they put me away!
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Unregistered
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My 89 year old father is calling it the itch.  Found mites, bird or demodex, he has some degree of senility, but exposure to mites from birds, pets, or animals around the house can bring on the infestations.  Don't blame dementia or senility first.
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Juliana
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I did a Google search and found this. I've also found "Invisible Bug Biting Syndrome" IBBS.
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Unregistered
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many times medicines will cause eye hallucination, maybe too strong and needs to be adjusted
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Unregistered
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Originally Posted by Juliana
I did a Google search and found this. I've also found "Invisible Bug Biting Syndrome" IBBS.
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