weed whacking

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by klmno, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I just did a dumb thing- I used the trimmer to whack weeds while wearing a pair of shorts. The battery on this thing only lasts 15-20 mins. but before I was finished, I got areas of bumps that look (and feel) like mosquito bites, but I don't think they are. I don't think it is chiggers either. I would think mosquitos, but they are centralized areas on the backs of my legs and I didn't see any bugs around me.

    I have alcohol, witch hazel, lotion, peroxide, typical first aid stuff. Does anyone know what will relieve this itching?
  2. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Most of the "anti itch" stick things they sell have ammonia in them. I am NOT kidding, the bug bite treatments in the little pens, and in the pads with medical kits is ammonia. I keep some diluted 1/2 and 1/2 and dab it on when we get bug bites.

    It sounds nuts, but I got it by reading the labels. the $3-$4 sticks for bug bites have about $0.05 in ammonia in them.

    Sorry you are so miserable.


  3. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    It really could be chiggers though. Do they have a tiny red dot to them? If they itch then try the above remedy but also you can dot on clear fingernail polish to smother them in case they are chiggers. Thats the home remedy for chiggers.
  4. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    It could be bugs, or an allergic reaction to the foliage you were trimming. I would take some over the counter allergy medicine like Benadry, and see if that helps. I hope it is not poison ivy?
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Benadryl is a good idea- since I couldn't find the bug bite stick. And I didn't want to put red nail polish on the back of my legs.


    It doesn't look like poison ivy- yet- and I didn't recognize anything out there that looked like it. We moved to this house almost 2 years ago. No one had taken care of the back yard for years, so it was grown up with brush and ivy when we moved in. Thhis is my second summer trying to get all that down- and I almost have it accomplished- so that grass can be sown and the dogs can actually have a decent place to walk around. I worry about them now and check their pads almost every night. Well, they are my furbabies...:)
  6. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    Totally understand about furbabies.
    I hope the Benadryl works - it might knock you out though.

    Hey - klmno - I just noticed you and I have almost the same number amount of posts. Very cool!
    Is that kinda like being the same age?
  7. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I hope so for my sake. You might not want that, though! :)

    I should add- I would do the clear nail polish if I had any- but all I have is red- well, that is just me....
  8. amazeofgrace

    amazeofgrace New Member

    ummmmmmmmm what's a chigger?
  9. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    LOL! It is a tiny little bug that lives on some weeds ( one of which we used to call "Lady's lace"). It gets right under your skin and you can usually see a timy red dot in the middle of a bump that itches like crazy. Anyway, it isn't really a danger to you- it will just itch and then die, and you will heal normally. You can't really see them unless you find that tiny red dot.

    Ok- where are you from? LOL! They are pretty common here in the south/southeast.
  10. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Chiggers itch due to an allergic reaction to their salive and droppings, which they leave under the skin.

    Best thing I've found for them is lime sulfur ointment.

    Ask your pharmacist. They should have it behind the counter.

    Meanwhile, try not scratch. It doesn't take much for chigger bites to get infected.
  11. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    My Nana used to put meat tenderizer on bug bites to stop the itching. As I remember, it worked.
  12. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    :faint:You've obviously not lived in the South. Nasty little buggers.