Subject: It’s not all in my head!
March 27, 2013 6:05 am
These insects came from my scalp. Two years ago I started with a small area on my scalp that felt like a bite. The area is now the crown of my head, made worse by using a duo derm patch, not knowing I had a sensitivity to adhesive. My hair grew under the scalp, and that is where these bugs came from.
We sympathize with your situation. We hope you sought professional medical assistance and we would urge you to seek out a definitive identification from your local entomology department. While this creature looks vaguely louselike, it doesn’t seem to match images of Parasitic Lice on BugGuide. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide something more conclusive.
Update: March 27, 2013
Tenodera, one of our readers, submitted a comment indicating this resembles a Thrips, and we agree. See BugGuide for a description of Thrips. The mystery is why are Thrips livng on Elaine’s scalp.