so, is it hives or bug bites?

greentara's picture
Mon, 02/19/2007 - 11:37 -- greentara

i have had a recent outbreak of red welts on my body. the main grouping is around my waistline but they have spread a bit to my upper torso. my main concern is if they are bug bites or not. i'm a city gal now but was raised in the sticks so i am familar with redbugs, mosquitos, and fleas. this remind me of redbugs but i have not been anyway where they would be. nobody else seems to be getting these bites though i have noticed a few little welts on the boys but it is nothing compared to mine. i have checked and checked again for bedbugs and fleas but i see no signs of them. the only new factor in my life is swimming in the pool and using a lotion afterwards. so, has anybody had any experience with mysterious bug bites? if it is bugs, i want to stop them. if it is an allergic reaction, i want to find the allergen. if it is sickness, i don't want the kids to get it. please help. thanks.

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Submitted by mamarebe on

but wanted to check, I remember you were in Florida, are you in Jacksonville? My sister just moved there this weekend, and for some reason I thought you were there?

greentara's picture
Submitted by greentara on

i'm a jackson-villian. what part of town did she move to, do you know?

mamarebe's picture
Submitted by mamarebe on

I'll PM you and maybe put you two in touch if you'd like.. she's got an almost 2 yr old girl and another on the way, she also lived in Japan for a semester during undergrad...

greentara's picture
Submitted by greentara on

it's a strange city. hopefully she is living in one of the nicer areas. there's a lot of concrete here and too few trees. but it has its good points too, if you know where to find them. hope you're doing okay.

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Submitted by Wildraven on

by red bugs do you mean chiggers? those mites that burrow into your skin, die there and itch like crazy? The location makes it sound like them. And there could've been a recent outbreak in FL - you can get them from any old patch of grass, doesn't have to be wild at all. I used to get them by laying on the grass in a tiny park in the middle of San Jose Costa Rica, though they are most common where there have been livestock (espcially cows). If it is chiggers, there's not much to do but wait them out - sometimes a month before they go away completely. Good luck!

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Submitted by Barbicide43 on

sounds like bed bugs. We had an outbreak of them in an old loft that I used to live in. Do you live in an old building? Have you bought any used furniture? I hope that it's not.

greentara's picture
Submitted by greentara on

our building is rather old. but wouldn't we be able to find signs of them (fecal, skins, larvae)? i am really hoping it isn't bedbugs. we co-sleep. :(

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Submitted by greentara on

same thing. we've hardly been to the park lately but the location of the bites are very much like chiggers. with bedbugs, from the research i've done, it seems as if they go after exposed areas and why would it just be me since i'm in the middle of the kids? i can deal with chiggers, i just don't want anything to hurt my babes. thanks.

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Submitted by mcmichaelel on

Do you have pets? Cuz, my whole family went through a hives, red rash, what the hell IS this breakout that we couldn't figure out. Finally got a Doc who told us it was ringworm (which is NOT a worm by the way but the same fungus that causes athlete's foot) and that dogs/cats that were outdoors could bring it in. Two weeks of Lotrimin over the counter later and it was gone. (Which made my agnostic heart think there might be a god since it was HELL for a month before that.) Anyway, could also be bedbugs/chiggers though I think you might see them. Bedbugs come out at night and you can generally find them in the cracks/crevices of the bed. Anyway, $5.00 worth of ointment might be worth a try just in case...Good luck...

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Submitted by Wildraven on

Did you look up bed bugs on Wiki yet - I did bc I remememberd that they have wierd sex, and here it is -

All bedbugs mate via a process termed "traumatic insemination".[1][2][3] Instead of inserting their genitalia into the female's reproductive tract as is typical in copulation, males instead pierce females with hypodermic genitalia and ejaculate into the body cavity. This form of mating is thought to have evolved as a way for males to overcome female mating resistance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedbug

In case this doesn't add the required levity to your situation, I really really am sympathetic. Any infestation is totally stressful, and at least for me, my bed is my little life-raft, where my family is snuggly and warm and safe. So I feel for you. The good news is, it sounds like a hot dryer, and a hand steamer (do you know you can rent one from the dry cleaners) might help tame them. In the mean time, if it were me, I'd have to keep taking deep breaths and remember that they are "just bug bites." Nothing more. Good luck.

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