The skin is the largest organ of the body, covering a total area of about 20 square feet. It is a highly sensitive organ that serves as the outer or external covering for many of the internal structures and organs within the body, protecting the body from microbes, unfavourable weather conditions, regulation of body temperature, and the control of sensations such as touch, heat, and cold. Due to how highly sensitive the skin could be, we sometimes feel certain sensations on our bodies that don't have any physical cause. Such sensations that have no physical cause are known as paresthesia.
Photo Illustration Of An individual With Formication
Formication is a form of paresthesia and it is said to occur when a person feels like an insect is crawling across or underneath his/her skin. It is a feeling that many people have experienced several times and can make an affected person certain that there is indeed an insect crawling on or under their skin when in the real sense of the word, no insect is doing anything of such. It is a tactile hallucination in that the affected individual feels a sensation that has no physical cause. Other sensations that could be felt include numbness, burning, or tingling sensation.
Photo Illustration Of Someone With Formication
Formication should not be dismissed with a wave of a hand as it could be a symptom of several conditions such as fibromyalgia and Parkinson's disease. Apart from this, formication can make your body feel itchy, leading to constant scratching of the body, which, in turn, could cause skin damage and open cuts, with such capable of causing infection and skin ulcers. Some of the conditions that can cause formication include anxiety, fibromyalgia, skin cancer, Parkinson’s disease, diabetic neuropathy, Lyme disease, shingles, and withdrawal from alcohol and certain drugs/medications.
Photo Illustration Of Formication
Formication is a treatable condition whose treatment often revolves around treating some of its underlying conditions. However, eating certain foods can help to reduce certain symptoms that come with itchy and irritable skin that often characterise formication. Such foods contain certain nutrients that may help to moisturise the skin, produce more collagen, and repair and protect the skin against damages. Some of the foods are highlighted below:
6. Dark Green Vegetables
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