Thursday 6th June 1991 Morning surgery 09:10
“Well, that’s another 47 we’ve got rid of today, Caitlin. Do you want to make an appointment to come back tomorrow?”
Delusional infestation is a condition where patients believe that their bodies have been invaded by tiny mites. These hungry parasites burrow in through sweat glands, hair follicles and even the roots of eyebrows and eyelashes. As they crawl under the skin, they cause intense irritation and patients may become inconsolably distressed. Occasionally, the symptoms are so realistic that even the patients’ doctors become convinced of the existence of these imaginary creatures.