Two days ago, I noticed something itchy at the back of my head. I felt the area, and found two spots. They felt a lot like insect bites, raised and hot, and itchy as anything. If it had been high summer, I would have suspected a flying insect, but it was late October. Although it has been quite warm lately, I haven’t noticed the return of any midges, mosquitoes, or horse-flies. My on-off rash returned to my legs recently, fortunately not as severe as it has been in the past. I thought that the head problem might be related to that, but it is very different, both in appearance, and sensation.
By the time I woke up this morning, a crop of new arrivals had joined the original two spots/bites. I moved my fingers around my head, counting tentatively. Eight more, so now ten in total. I was sure that I could discount insect bites. It was unlikely to be anything inhabiting the bed or bedroom either, as Julie was not suffering anything similar. But as I sat in front of the computer today, I had to bite my lip, and almost sit on my hands, in an effort to stop scratching my scalp.
After I got ready to take Ollie out, it seemed to have eased a little. However, two hours out walking in bright sunshine made me feel very warm, and that increase in body heat appeared to have livened these lumps into a renewed frenzy of itchiness. By the time I got home, and began to prepare the evening meal, I could no longer resist the desire to scratch, and attacked my head with gusto. This raised the lumps of course, and did little good. They now resembled bubble-wrap, as I was able to squash them down, and feel them return into shape. However, unlike bubble-wrap, they did not pop, and cease to exist.
Once dinner was over, and I felt much cooler, the itching subsided. So, I could confirm that it was worse when I felt too warm, and seemed to be exacerbated by heat. I tried some general purpose cream, but that seems to have made no difference, either way. If it gets any worse, or fails to disappear, I fear that I may well have to consult my doctor, though it hardly seems important enough to warrant that.
I enjoy bubble-wrap as much as the next person. Like most of us, I get great satisfaction from popping the bubbles, until the sheet is flat.
I just don’t want it on my head.