Yikes. Something is eating me alive. It happens every once in a while over the summer, and I have yet to see the critter/s making a meal of me. I have little bumps all over, and fresh ones pop up from time to time. I can never see it/them, so I don't know what it/they is/are or how to get rid of it/them. I usually use Skin So Soft, and that gets rid of it/them. Not sure if it's something I picked up, or the dog. I don't think it's chigger bites. I've seen the teeny bloody spiders before, and I haven't seen any on me, my clothes, bed, couch, etc.
I've also been spraying vinegar water on the bed, couch, and rubbing some on me. I've never been eaten as badly as this time. There's hardly a place that isn't driving me crazy to scratch until I bleed. Of course, it isn't a 'man cold' so I'm sure it's nothing serious.
Fleas, mosquitoes, spiders? No-see-ems? A skin allergy, maybe?
I was scrolling through the news this morning, and saw The Washington Post had an article about the Australian teenager and those sea creature things. I didn't read it - not wanting to get grossed out!
It's bite bumps scattered all over my lower back, stomach, bottom, legs, ankles, & toes. The itch is driving me nuts. Whenever this happens, I've never been able to find/see the critter/s. I've seen chiggers crawling on me and stuff before, but never these.
Never figured out where they come from either. The dog and I have been for walks to the pond and back, so not sure if it's something I picked up, or the dog. Usually lasts for a few days and then it goes back to normal.
Now that I think about it. There has been a couple of nights where I saw teeny flying critters while on the computer. I could only seen them when they were between me and a light source. I tried to slap them between my palms, but kept missing.
I didn't feel them light on me or bite me though, or buzzing in my ear, so figured they were harmless. Next time I'll know to get up and put repellant on. Once the bites show up and start itching, I've forgotten about the teeny flying vermin. They're far worse than mosquitoes.
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2017 11:26:59 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
The little flying things sound like no-see-ems; we always called them biting gnats, but here, they're no-see-ems, which apparently is an actual term for them. Their bites leave little bumps that are extremely itchy...and they form little swarms, so you can get bit often. Only thing is, you can feel them bite, which doesn't sound like the case with you.
It's weird that it's only limited to the lower half of your body. Could be you or the dog are coming into contact with something that's irritating your skin. A mild case of poison ivy, or some other plant that's a skin irritant. Even if it's only the dog that runs through poison ivy, for example, if she rubs up against you or sits in your lap, the oil from the plant can transfer to you, you scratch the itch, and it spreads.
No I didn't feel any bites, just started itching like crazy. It happens at least once a year, and I've yet to catch the culprit in action.
I did use a large amount of Clorox 2 in the washer. Tide with Bleach gives me itchy fits, but didn't figure C2 would bother me. These bumps seem more like bites though. Who knows what it is. Maybe I'll learn one of these days so I can try and avoid it.
Last Edit: Aug 9, 2017 13:08:45 GMT -6 by Mini Mia
Yeah, because if I don't know when and where I got the bites, I can't try and prevent it. A few days before the bumps and itching started, a neighbor's dog was racing around not looking where it was going and slammed into the backs of my knees and I hit the ground hard on my right knee. Third time's the charm. I had managed to stay on my feet the first two times. I sat on the ground for a few minutes before getting up. But I think the bites would have shown up sooner if that was when it happened.
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2017 11:01:09 GMT -6 by Mini Mia