Meth, or methamphetamine, is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system. Meth was originally developed for medical purposes but its highly addictive nature and strong potency make it dangerous for everyday use. Although it may still be prescribed by a doctor on occasion, meth is mostly sold on the street and abused illegally. Meth typically comes in the form of a white powder that can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Crystal meth is a specific type of meth that comes in glass-like fragments and has similar effects. In about 1. Along with these seemingly harmless side effects, there are several physical side effects of meth that can lead to an unsightly physical appearance like meth sores from meth mites. What Are Meth Mites?
What Are Meth Mites
Almost always, whenever a news channel shows pictures of people on crystal meth, they have some festering and painful looking sores on their faces. There are several different reasons why people addicted to meth develop sores. One of the most common causes is the obsessive picking and scratching at the skin because it feels like insects are crawling under the skin. Meth mites, the sensation that there are bugs or insects burrowing on or under the skin, is a fairly common side effect of chronic and extreme methamphetamine use. It is one of the most visible and obvious signs of meth addiction. Japanese chemists in first synthesized methamphetamine. It was first used as a weight loss, narcolepsy, and asthma treatment as a more potent alternative to the ephedra plant.
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Meth sores are open wounds that develop when a person uses methamphetamine or the crystallized form of the drug, called crystal meth. Skin problems are common for meth users because the drug triggers itching. Meth abuse also triggers hallucinations and the sensation that imaginary bugs are crawling on the skin which induces itching and scratching. Additionally, meth users might fall short on personal hygiene and fail to eat a healthy diet, both of which affect skin health. Meth has also been shown to constrict blood vessels and limit blood flow, which may cause acne. The combination of all of these factors put a meth user at risk for developing sores that worsen over time and can cause skin infections.