- My symptoms included the following: There was the feeling of something crawling on me but I could not see anything. Turned out this was a Hexapod called Collembola or Springtail which the vector control of my local health department confirmed from a sample I sent in.
- There was pin pricking, which felt like biting, and it felt like I was being eaten. I believe this pin pricking sensation was caused by a genetically crossed fungus/bacteria breaking through the skin. This phenomenon looked like pierces of lint, but under a microscope it looked like fibers growing in a specific pattern. This was most likely being contracted from spores in the air or form physical contact and I believe it was also being spread by the Collembola. One explanation for the attraction may be that the fungus is a gourmet super food for the Collembola that would normally never be attracted to a person's skin or house.
- There was a burning itching from the fungus and nothing I tried maked it stop.
- It felt like something was lightly brushing against my skin like a feather. I believe this was the fungus spreading in the body under the skin through the nerves.
- There was a tightening and tingling feeling in an area of activity. I believe this was caused by the fungus spreading internally through nerves under the skin.
- Symptoms become more active with the combination of heat and moisture and where clothing was tight against my skin. Turns out both fungus and Collembola flourish in these conditions.
- Symptoms became worse while eating or handling food. I believe the fungus was feeding and reacting to blood sugar levels and/or waste products in the system or changes in body chemistry or nerves.
- My symptoms got worse and were apparently escalated by either the light or electromagnetic energy from the computer or TV.
- It seemed like the fungus got into natural fibers and the infected cloth reinfected me. (IE Clothing, towels, linens, beds etc.)
- The fungus also appear to infect paper and I was reinfected by some of my files I had to handle every day.
- It seemed like the fungus came out of the body, spreads in the environment and then from the environment re-infected my body. This is what made it nearly impossible to eradicate.
- It seems to like alkaline chemistry . IE usually healthy people (more females than males or babies and young children). Many people could be in our environment for 3-4 hours with no symptoms. A local pest control company told us that in the two other cases of this they had seen only the infants in a house full of residents were infected. It also may be related to skin type.
- Besides activity in the bed, during the night other symptoms occurred. For instance, during the first rising light of dawn; a crawling sensation was always experienced. Probably caused by Collembola coming to feed on the fungus coming out of the skin.
- There appeared to be different types of what looks like bites on my skin. The ones where we felt the initial prick just looked like mosquito bites and went away overnight with modest treatment. The ones where we did not feel any pin prick looked like a white head festered and did not heal. These were most likely coming from the skin infection. .These appeared and became active with heat and moisture and had an intense almost burning intense itching. No amount of even the strongest treatment (prescription Elimite, 5% Pyrethrum creams, enzymes, Internet remedies, straight bleach, tee tree and other essential oils, boric acid, hydrogen peroxide, etc (See list of What Did Not Work in TREATMENTS) seemed to affect these or stop the intense itching. (Until we tried the non-toxic skin products we discovered (see TREATMENTS: What Works). These "pimple" like bumps would recess into the skin when we managed to dry them up and then re-activate and flare up with heat and moisture, sometimes weeks or months later. They would dry up but a bump would remain under the skin as if they had somehow encysted into the skin. Because this is a skn infection no bugs show up in scrapings or biopsies.
- The Collembola, which can jump, and are supposedly the fastest moving of all life forms seem to disappear into thin air because our vision is too slow to follow them. The insect is quite easy to eliminate with the fogging product (see Fogging Products under PRODUCTS). I know a woman that was boiling her clothes and still having problems with them. It seems that no poisons; pyrethrum, boric acid, or enzymes, or powders affect the fungus. The washer and dryer do not affect the fungus either. We tried towels in the dryer at maximum heat for hours and thecloth still gave us fungus symptoms! Freezing and microwave did not work either.
- I know now beyond a doubt that the patented fogging products do kill the collembola and seem to purify the air of the fungus spores. We were greatly helped by a $2,000 commercial steamer we bought, but it did not eradicate the problem. Only the fogging products worked for us to finally get rid of it in the environment.
As seen with a 40x s microscope the adults are white or flesh color, hairy and have legs and a whip on their underside that allows them to jump farther than fleas. They seemed to mostly inhabit our floor. We are not sure why but they need to be treated as if they are airborne maybe because they are so small if they jump they can be airborne.
The fungus (which we still do not know exactly what kind it is) is somehow only infecting certain people. Based on the data from survey questions that my local health department helped me formulate 80% of the cases are women of all ages. Next is babies and young children and men over 50. Young men are rare. After years of studying, I now believe that the fungus starts the problem and is spreading through the air and physical contact. The Collembola is attracted and gets infected and then spreads the fungus.
The fungus on the skin attracts the Collembola and other fungus loving insects whose natural role in nature is to eat decaying leaves and fungus. I believe this is why multiple symptoms occur.
In my case I never identiried a parasite that was biting me. We had scrapings and biopsies that showed nothing. The doctors were not looking for a fungus on the skin so of course they did not test for that if there even was a test. The fungus fibers were so small they appear to be lint even with a 10 x magnifying glass. See Gallery for pictures I took with a $500 microscope and camera of what I took off my skin.
If I had not studied closely and compared a few to each other under a microscope (40 x) I would have dismissed them as lint. I saw that they all had the same shape and structure. I was able to kill the Collembola by fogging and the fungus by using a special tincture and smothering and suffocating them on my skin by using Cotz SPF 58 sunscreen. The Cat's Claw tincture was critical for me in killing the fungus on my skin as well as stopping the itching. See more details of what I did under WHAT WORKS.