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Eef123

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Camino(s) past & future
april 2019
Hi all,
I’m having a itchy problem and I’m overwhelmed with not knowing, really longing for clarity. I hope you have some advice for me.
During the Camino I was itchy almost all the time. Once I found bed bugs in my sleeping bag. I went through all the steps washed and dried everything VERY hot, threw out a lot of stuff, sprayed with toxic stuff from the albergue owners. Went through this process multiple times.

Returning home I stripped naked in the toilet at the train station, changed clothes (which my partner brought), put everything in big bags etc etc. Handled everything super carefully again.

Also, a professional came to inspect my house for bed bugs and couldn’t find anything.

I keep on feeling itchy, and now my partner (after 3+ weeks of being home) also gets itchy.

The doctor mentioned scabies, but he said the symptoms were not really pointing to it (chest, back, legs, arms, neck - not necessarily hands). But I keep this in mind and might go through the treatment for this.

My skin shows very tiny red spots (see picture1+2, most are even smaller than this). The worst itch was 5 days after being back home (picture3). It’s not so visible, but the itch is there and I’m feeling socially isolated because I don’t want to spread anything. Just want to know what it is. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!
 

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anthikes

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Frances
2018 Portuguese
2019 VDLP
I got a really bad itch after being in Spain and Portugal last summer. I also tend to get one when I arrive somewhere with lower temperatures than I am use to.

I think mine could be cold weather itch but it's hard to diagnose as there are no spots.

I find moisturising itches really helps. Oddly there is one creme in particular by Nivea that works way better than any other. It's usually sold in white tubes, not blue. It's available everywhere and might help.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
I often have cold weather / dryness itch after trips, but it does not look like yours. Good thing you are already seeing a doctor, they will probably have the best path to deal with it.
But it may be worth asking for topical creams to relieve the itchyness, such as Dermaid or equivalents - check with the doctor if they could help.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Spider bites?
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Rashes can be very hard to identify for the reason. Find a doc that maybe specializes in traveling or tropical medicine. Amsterdam being a port town it should not be so difficult to find.
Antihistaminica oral and cortisone may relief the itch. Are you proned to dry skin? Then the water change may be the culprit.
But the doc can advice you best.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
In general, itching can have a variety of causes. Vascularitis, a redness and swelling around the ankles/ lower legs, can be alleviated with time and raising the feet during rest breaks. Groin area itching might be prevented with Glide or other athletic lubricants or powders. Dry skin can be helped/prevented with moisturizing lotions. Nonspecific allergic responses might be helped with over-the-counter anti-histamines such as Benedryl or cortisone cream. That leaves us with insect bites, which your photos resemble. The itching comes from a histamine reaction, but that doesn't explain the continued (and spreading to partner) new bites. Something very tiny seems to be the culprit.
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Do you have an dogs or cats. Maybe a flee hitched a hike. Human flees are no more that common but pets have them. Those flees don’t like humans but they may try you because the have no other host, but they don’t like human.
Another one many the imbalance with the demotex mites. Again a doc will tailor the treatments for you.
Get well soon.
 
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C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
They don't look like typical bedbug or flea bites, and I can't imagine spiders wandering around biting like that. Could it be either a leftover reaction to the bedbugs? Or contact with some fabric or shirt that you wear? New washing detergent? (The last would explain your partner getting it too.) Must be very frustrating! Good luck.
 

rowdygirl

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Hi all,
I’m having a itchy problem and I’m overwhelmed with not knowing, really longing for clarity. I hope you have some advice for me.
During the Camino I was itchy almost all the time. Once I found bed bugs in my sleeping bag. I went through all the steps washed and dried everything VERY hot, threw out a lot of stuff, sprayed with toxic stuff from the albergue owners. Went through this process multiple times.

Returning home I stripped naked in the toilet at the train station, changed clothes (which my partner brought), put everything in big bags etc etc. Handled everything super carefully again.

Also, a professional came to inspect my house for bed bugs and couldn’t find anything.

I keep on feeling itchy, and now my partner (after 3+ weeks of being home) also gets itchy.

The doctor mentioned scabies, but he said the symptoms were not really pointing to it (chest, back, legs, arms, neck - not necessarily hands). But I keep this in mind and might go through the treatment for this.

My skin shows very tiny red spots (see picture1+2, most are even smaller than this). The worst itch was 5 days after being back home (picture3). It’s not so visible, but the itch is there and I’m feeling socially isolated because I don’t want to spread anything. Just want to know what it is. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!
I hate to say it, but it sounds like scabies, also known as mange. My dog caught it and we all caught it from him, but easily passed between humans. It is a tiny mite and needs prescription meds from your doctor plus thorough cleaning of living areas and clothing. Vacuum daily until itching stops. Best of luck as this is no fun if this is what you caught. My doctor said mine was not typical either. Do the treatment!
It is often found around kids/schools and places where bed bugs, etc. are found.
 

Piscesman1946

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués (Oct 2019)
I picked up scabies in Georgia once and it’s not fun! Generally they go to hairless areas...wrists, back of knees, etc. There is usually a relief from itching, then it returns when the eggs hatch (under the skin!) and the little buggers eat their way to the surface! Generally need to do the treatment (hot bath, insecticide) twice to break the cycle. Good luck!
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
I picked up scabies in Georgia once and it’s not fun! Generally they go to hairless areas...wrists, back of knees, etc. There is usually a relief from itching, then it returns when the eggs hatch (under the skin!) and the little buggers eat their way to the surface! Generally need to do the treatment (hot bath, insecticide) twice to break the cycle. Good luck!
I grew up in Georgia, and we called those miserable little critters "chiggers". Assuming it's the same bug, this might be helpful:
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
Every fall when I return to the dry weather of Washington ---I start itching. The itch is miserable. It starts at the back of my neck and goes down my left arm. I develope a few bumps like you describe after I scratch the area. Sometimes it also affects my right arm. Benadryl helps.
After eliminating wine with sulfates, the rash did not improve. (So glad it wasn't the wine)
This year I used a moisturizer over the areas and it got better and after a couple of months the itching completely stopped.
So my theory is:. My skin got too dried out from the sun. I am ashamed to admit I didn't use enough sunscreen on those areas even though I only got sun burned once the first few days.
I learned in nursing school that itching is a mild form of pain. So try lots of moisturizer and stay away from very hot showers and drying soaps and see if the itching stops after a week or so.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
I don't believe it's bedbugs from your photos (see mine attached). I know them well because once I counted over 200 bites. But that could've been delayed body response as could be yours.

Anyway it seems more like rabies. EDIT: scabies!!!

I don't want to speculate but if your husband also got the itch either it's scabies or it's his psychological response to your itching and scratching.

I remember my grandmother recipe for reducing itching from scabies: mix honey (don't remember which one) and apple vinegar and then apply small drops on each "bite".

View attachment 57169 0865-bedbug bites (Puente Domingo Florez, 19.07.14).jpg
 
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Yumadons

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Aug 1, 2019)
In dogs you can do 30 negative skin scrapes for scabies and find it on the 31st one because scabies mites burrow under the skin. Who wants to go as far as a skin biopsy to find it when treatment is easy and cheap? If it's there it's gone, if not, no harm done.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
That does not look like scabies at all. With scabies, it would affect the palms of your hands, between your fingers, the crook of your elbow, back of your knee and be more of a weeping, fluid-filled blister. At night it would be worse.
Do go to a dermatologist to see what it is.
 

Eef123

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
april 2019
Thank you all so much for thinking with me, it feels like support. Today one more time a professional came to look in the house for bedbugs (just to be sure). They didn't find them. I will go to see the docter once more, and maybe a dermatologist. Hope to get rid of the itch soon!
 
Camino(s) past & future
this will be my first. Norte September 2018.
Hi all,
I’m having a itchy problem and I’m overwhelmed with not knowing, really longing for clarity. I hope you have some advice for me.
During the Camino I was itchy almost all the time. Once I found bed bugs in my sleeping bag. I went through all the steps washed and dried everything VERY hot, threw out a lot of stuff, sprayed with toxic stuff from the albergue owners. Went through this process multiple times.

Returning home I stripped naked in the toilet at the train station, changed clothes (which my partner brought), put everything in big bags etc etc. Handled everything super carefully again.

Also, a professional came to inspect my house for bed bugs and couldn’t find anything.

I keep on feeling itchy, and now my partner (after 3+ weeks of being home) also gets itchy.

The doctor mentioned scabies, but he said the symptoms were not really pointing to it (chest, back, legs, arms, neck - not necessarily hands). But I keep this in mind and might go through the treatment for this.

My skin shows very tiny red spots (see picture1+2, most are even smaller than this). The worst itch was 5 days after being back home (picture3). It’s not so visible, but the itch is there and I’m feeling socially isolated because I don’t want to spread anything. Just want to know what it is. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!
I once got a staph infection on my skin from using a hot tub in which the chemical balance was off. It created an itchy rash particularly on my torso and it flared up when my skin was hot or sweaty. Took me months to figure out and was misdiagnosed by my primary doctor. Had to see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Just a thought?
 

patk

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, De la Plata, Norte, Portugal, Primitivo, Ebro, Madrileno, Norte again (2016)
Thank you all so much for thinking with me, it feels like support. Today one more time a professional came to look in the house for bedbugs (just to be sure). They didn't find them. I will go to see the docter once more, and maybe a dermatologist. Hope to get rid of the itch soon!
Poor thing
Itching is awful. If the itch had blisters it could be Tinea. I got it on one camino and passed it to my poor partner. Mainly on feet but can be elsewhere. Good luck with a solution. Skin specialist might be your best port of call
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Hi all,
I’m having a itchy problem and I’m overwhelmed with not knowing, really longing for clarity. I hope you have some advice for me.
During the Camino I was itchy almost all the time. Once I found bed bugs in my sleeping bag. I went through all the steps washed and dried everything VERY hot, threw out a lot of stuff, sprayed with toxic stuff from the albergue owners. Went through this process multiple times.

Returning home I stripped naked in the toilet at the train station, changed clothes (which my partner brought), put everything in big bags etc etc. Handled everything super carefully again.

Also, a professional came to inspect my house for bed bugs and couldn’t find anything.

I keep on feeling itchy, and now my partner (after 3+ weeks of being home) also gets itchy.

The doctor mentioned scabies, but he said the symptoms were not really pointing to it (chest, back, legs, arms, neck - not necessarily hands). But I keep this in mind and might go through the treatment for this.

My skin shows very tiny red spots (see picture1+2, most are even smaller than this). The worst itch was 5 days after being back home (picture3). It’s not so visible, but the itch is there and I’m feeling socially isolated because I don’t want to spread anything. Just want to know what it is. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!
After my 2016 camino I ended up with itchiness that spread over my whole body and red patches. While I was in Spain, I really worried I had picked up bedbugs or some other live companions. I went to the after hours clinic as soon as I got home and the doctor there said it was ringworm (a fungal skin infection) and prescribed prednisone, which worked while I was on it. A number of doctors later, it was decided that I did not have ringworm but chronic idiopathic urticaria (translated into English: hives that don't go away and no one knows why). They may possibly have started as a side effect of the ibuprofen I was consuming on the Camino, but lasted long after I had stopped taking the ibuprofen. IThe symptoms are gone now, with regular medication.
 

Telboyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
After my 2016 camino I ended up with itchiness that spread over my whole body and red patches. While I was in Spain, I really worried I had picked up bedbugs or some other live companions. I went to the after hours clinic as soon as I got home and the doctor there said it was ringworm (a fungal skin infection) and prescribed prednisone, which worked while I was on it. A number of doctors later, it was decided that I did not have ringworm but chronic idiopathic urticaria (translated into English: hives that don't go away and no one knows why). They may possibly have started as a side effect of the ibuprofen I was consuming on the Camino, but lasted long after I had stopped taking the ibuprofen. IThe symptoms are gone now, with regular medication.
Idiopathic= Doctor speak for "I don't know what it is but you'll probably survive"
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Not to be disrespectful of this thread...but my only "itching" when I return home is always "I'm itching to go back...when can I go again"! 😂
 
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Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Am I the only one who reflexively itches once or twice whenever I read an update to this thread? 🤔😂
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Am I the only one who reflexively itches once or twice whenever I read an update to this thread? 🤔😂
Nooo, you are not! I'm itching all over to go back!...scratch, scratch!
 
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Becky 59

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2018)
Camino Ingles (Aug 2019)
I looked at this thread thinking (hoping) it would be about itching to go back! Anyone else “itching” to go back?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I looked at this thread thinking (hoping) it would be about itching to go back! Anyone else “itching” to go back?
Yes, I posted two times just above here the same kind of "itching" as you!
 

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