Psychosomatic Scabies


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… is that syndrome where, after unglovedly touching a patient, he/she/the nurse/the nursing home paperwork/the family member/the prior ED visit summary mentions scabies and you magically begin itching immediately. This also applies to words like “lice,” “ringworm,” “fungal infection,” “elimite cream,” “permethrin,” “that skin medicine you have to leave on all day” or even just “I have this rash and it really itches,” depending on the patient.

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  1. #1 by snarkymsw - August 31st, 2009 at 19:28

    I’m a social worker in a shelter. Same thing happens anytime anyone even says “bed bugs.” We had them in the facility once, and now anytime a client mentions it, half the staff start itching.

    love the blog.

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