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Small mystery bites
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 12, 2021 07:32PM
Hi everyone,

With the summer season down here (hot and humid) come the insect bites.

Someone on my local Nextdoor posted this pic:



... what I've been getting recently ... similar to mosquito, but VERY small bites, no visible blood, where I'm not aware of any actual insect stinging me. Usually the bites are on hands or feet/ankles. Consequently, I don't often notice it until after it's happened (and gotten itchy, etc.). The bites usually resolve within a day or two, unless I really scratch them.

Any idea what could be doing this? (I've got a great recipe for homemade insect repellent, but it's a pain to have to be using this stuff all the time...)




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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: hal
Date: July 12, 2021 07:42PM
no see ums - they are the worst mostly because you don't know it's happening...

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they are tiny, tiny bites and you barely notice them at first. They act like mild mosquito bites, but after a day or two, the itching goes through the roof and you end up scratching and that makes it much worse.
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 12, 2021 07:43PM
I get something that sounds like your description, but it not a bite, it's an allergic reaction to Rosemary plants where they've had contact with my skin.
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 12, 2021 07:43PM
I had a recent bout with the exact same type of bites about a month ago. I thought it might be scabies, but it went away after a week or so and hasn’t returned, an outcome not typical of scabies.

Could be chiggers or mites, too.



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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: DP
Date: July 12, 2021 07:50PM
no see ums - they are the worst mostly because you don't know it's happening...

This.





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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 12, 2021 08:11PM
Yes, I'd thought of either no-see-ums or mites.

The most recent set of bites I just got earlier today when I was outdoors at the local Lowes and looking through all the plants. I started to notice that my hands were getting itchy.

At first, I thought it might be due to the fact that-- on one of the plants, there was actually a cute little frog who decided to climb from one of the plants onto my hand. (There are frogs all over around here right now, especially because of the rains, and my local Lowes also happens to be right next to a frog-friendly ditch type area. I took the frog being on the plants as a good sign to be buying them, since frogs eat bugs.)

Then after washing my hands (of course, having a frog touching my hand), I noticed the small bites. I'm leaning towards mites rather than no-see-ums, because according to the wiki page for those (Wiki), they're 1-3 mm in size, and that actually should have been large enough for me to, well, see 'em.

The pics in hal's Google link -- the bites are MUCH smaller than that, and also far less inflamed.




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/12/2021 08:12PM by PeterB.
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: hal
Date: July 12, 2021 08:22PM
"The pics in hal's Google link -- the bites are MUCH smaller than that, and also far less inflamed."

give it a few days...
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 12, 2021 10:16PM
.....what about......love......bites.....???



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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 12, 2021 11:33PM
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hal
"The pics in hal's Google link -- the bites are MUCH smaller than that, and also far less inflamed."

give it a few days...

Already subsiding. If I don't scratch, they're likely to be gone by tomorrow.




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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 13, 2021 12:43AM
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PeterB
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hal
"The pics in hal's Google link -- the bites are MUCH smaller than that, and also far less inflamed."

give it a few days...

Already subsiding. If I don't scratch, they're likely to be gone by tomorrow.

Yeah, those nanobot trackers Bill Gates had us injected with do rev up the healing process. That way he can control us while he, Musk, Bezos and Branson live safe and sound on the moon. A guy outside the Shell station mumbled it to me, while furtively looking around, and averting his eyes.



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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: July 13, 2021 06:23AM
Am I the only one disappointed by the fact that this isn’t about tapas?
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2021 06:36AM
......every guy here......LOVES.......tapas bars........



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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 13, 2021 08:33AM
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RecipeForDisaster
Am I the only one disappointed by the fact that this isn’t about tapas?

Amuse Bouche?



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: July 13, 2021 11:24AM
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mrbigstuff
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RecipeForDisaster
Am I the only one disappointed by the fact that this isn’t about tapas?

Amuse Bouche?

Or yeah, that!
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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 13, 2021 12:04PM
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hal
"The pics in hal's Google link -- the bites are MUCH smaller than that, and also far less inflamed."

give it a few days...

Followup, this is maybe interesting. Last night, I tried using (for the first time) one of those mini-suction bite tools ("Bug Bite Thing", some people swear by it) on one of the small bites. This particular bite is on the back of my hand, in the area between thumb and forefinger. I figured, what the heck, why not give the suction tool a try. Sure enough, today, I see that the bite is now a bit reddened, maybe a tad bit more than yesterday, but not at all itchy. However, the area all around the bite looks slightly bruised, probably from the suction tool... seems my skin is a bit too sensitive for this tool. Next time I'll just try some topical hydrocortisone.




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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 13, 2021 12:28PM
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PeterB
Followup, this is maybe interesting. Last night, I tried using (for the first time) one of those mini-suction bite tools ("Bug Bite Thing", some people swear by it) on one of the small bites. This particular bite is on the back of my hand, in the area between thumb and forefinger. I figured, what the heck, why not give the suction tool a try. Sure enough, today, I see that the bite is now a bit reddened, maybe a tad bit more than yesterday, but not at all itchy. However, the area all around the bite looks slightly bruised, probably from the suction tool... seems my skin is a bit too sensitive for this tool. Next time I'll just try some topical hydrocortisone.

I just scraped mine off with my fingernail. They were kinda itchy before that -- afterward, the itching stopped.



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Re: Small mystery bites
Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 13, 2021 01:15PM
Peter,

They need to correct one of the bug images in the picture. The bite of the bed bug doesn't match the image of the insect. They used an image of a stink bug instead of a bed bug. Stink bugs look like shields as demonstrated in the image. Bed bugs look like ovals.

Robert



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/13/2021 01:15PM by Robert M.
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