Superficial facial nerves medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

I'm Ciléin Kearns, a doctor and medical illustrator drawing from a background in video games to open up medicine, one artibiotic at a time.

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Formication (note the 'm')

Formication (note the 'm')

Formication sensation by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

Formication is the sensation of bugs crawling on the skin. It is a form of tactile hallucination, associated with drug misuse (e.g. 'cocaine bugs'), alcohol withdrawal (delirium tremens), and delusions of parasitosis (belief that you are infested by parasites e.g. worms), amongst other things.

Scratching excessively can result in ulcers and scarring in 'easy to reach places', such as the forearms.

Spot diagnosis: hyperthyroidism

Spot diagnosis: hyperthyroidism

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