A Feeling Like The Body Is Crawling Over Something?
Hello doctor. I have a cousin, he complains that he feels an insect in his tongue at midnight, then when pressed, the insect becomes still, and when it is released, it feels that the insect is traveling to other parts of the body. Apart from the tongue, it is also felt in the lower left abdomen. What is the diagnosis? thanks. Good night.
Complaints about a feeling like the body is being crawled or like something is moving on the skin and body can be caused by the following:
Formication / hallucination of touch Delusional parasitosis: feeling sure there is an animal in his body when in fact it is not Cutaneus migratory larva Morgellons disease Peripheral neuropathy Allergic reactions Mercury poisoning If the complaint does not immediately disappear I suggest that your cousin check with a doctor directly so that further tests can be done for ascertain the cause of the complaint. Furthermore, doctors can provide appropriate treatment if needed.
For the time being your cousin should manage stress well, get more physical activity so distracted thoughts about something moving, and get used to a healthy lifestyle. If you notice a rash or redness on the skin where it feels moving, consult a doctor immediately.
Thank you and hope it helps,
dr. Devika Y