View Full Version : What the heck are all these bites on me?
06-21-2004, 12:39 AM
please......someone please tell me what the heck bite me? I have numerous large, red, raised sores on me. Not ticks - - maybe chiggars? Don't know, don't even care if someone tells me how to get rid of them. They itch but are not mositque bites.
Please help. I spent most of my time with the vendors. near the big circus tent.
oh = by the way = = did anyone else hear The Schwag on Friday, early afternoon? It was incredible!!
Chiggars my friend...fingernail polish...sodium bromide...and time...good luck!
They are chigger bites and the nail polish is not necessary. They form a feeding tube on your skin, but do not actually burrow under your skin. The little critters fall off after a few days, but the itch is mad-making. A doctor will tell you to try not to scratch, but he/she is only kidding. Good gracious...that itch! Try Aveeno baths, over-the-counter anti-itch medications, Benadryl if you can't take it (morphine drip..if you really can't take it) or more naturally, oatmeal baths, baking soda and water paste to the skin followed by scrubbing with a brush and ice to the skin after. The only real danger is a secondary infection from scratching. The only really great, but toxic and pretty disgusting, way to keep those chiggers at bay is an insect repellent with DEET.
Hope that helps.
06-21-2004, 10:42 AM
Here is the low-down:
Enjoy ; )
06-21-2004, 04:44 PM
Thanks Doc...a friend of mine was insisting that they burrow in your skin..now I know better!
06-21-2004, 06:27 PM
I've used a product called chigger-x that relieves the itching somewhat.
There is a critter sometimes called a chigger, more properly called a chigoe, which does burrow into human skin ( http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~parasite/tunga.html ). It is not found in North America. Its existence no doubt helps perpetuate the mistaken notion that the chiggers we run into do likewise.
06-22-2004, 12:38 PM
CLOROX bleach will help, I believe it kills them...if it doesn't kill them it will sting enough to stop the itching, if you have sensitive skin mix 2/3 bleach, 1/3 water...not the most natural way to go but, but well worth it...good luck
06-22-2004, 01:04 PM
Yes, I noticed chiggers were a problem at the fest. Mostly for folks from other parts of the country that didn't know about them. Fortunately, the Waka folks established a 'Chigger Aid Station' at the General store. I heard it was $1 and they gave you a lesson on chiggers and treatment.
06-22-2004, 04:11 PM
I got quite a few chigger bites but they didn't seem to bother me. It itched a little at times, but it seems like when I kept myself from scratching, the itching went away pretty quick.
06-22-2004, 04:30 PM
I got a ton of chiggers but didn't let it spoil my fun. As a matter of fact, I didn't let anything spoil my fun. I don't have one complaint. No complaints about weather, money, bunk, cops, Beetle Bob's, bands, drunks, camp site location or size, glow sticks hitting me in the head - nothing.
I told my wife that if I were to pollinate her over the weekend (and I really tried), that we would name the kid chigger because he/she would probably have some chigger. I don't think she thought it was as funny as I and after the first night, there wasn't much pollinating going on because she didn't want me to rub my chigger bites on her. But that didn't stop me from trying and I didn't let that get me down either!
Take it slow friends,
Randall <--------------- Too lazy to sign in
This music is a monster of energy, storming and raging within itself, forever changing.
06-22-2004, 07:41 PM
I got 1 bite. :D
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