Well hello to vacation and if you follow me you know that no travel goes unpunished in my home. Our last round of ATV’ing, Zip Lining, Paintballing, etc, ended us up with Poison Ivy. We don’t know where we got it, but we did. Then, on the same trip, my son had an anaphylactic reaction to a bug bite that got him over night.
It seems that no good trip would be great without one of my famous ‘we survived’ and trust me, this travel writer has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that have yet to be published, from jewelry purchases gone wrong, to a vagrant that we had to have security called in for. Let’s not forget getting off of a cruise where I ended up with vertigo and was down for two weeks, but hey that’s all part of living it up hard when I am gone.
A little gift that won’t stop giving are Chigger Bug Bites that both our pediatrician and PCP have agreed upon. What in the world is a Chigger Bug Bites? What do you do for Chigger Bug Bites? Let’s lavishly live the tale of what to do for Chigger Bug Bites out loud as I share a little information with you.
I may never know what the bug looked like, but I know it was a Chigger Bug as they are native to Lake Erie and that’s where I was.
Chigger Bugs are nasty and their bites are awful. I am allergic to mosquito bites and have been since I traveled long ago to Sardinia, Italy. I bust out into large hives and I get so itchy that I just try to keep spray on myself ANYTIME I head outdoors.
My kids have followed suit, my daughter is so sensitive to bites and my youngest has a lot of the same issues. This time we were in Lake Erie, in Sandusky, Ohio and I decided we needed to visit the secluded beach that was part of our resort packages.
First of all, I should have sprayed us all with bug spray and second of all we should never have gone out at dusk because these little suckers just munch and crunch during these hours.
Chigger Bugs Hitched A Ride
This may look like nothing, but they look changes hour to hour and they multiply, and it burns and oh is it bad.
Chigger bugs just take a ride on you and you may never know it because they are so small. I will tell you that you will know that the blasted things got you in a few hours and when the itching starts head for the hills!
We tried ice, and antihistamine, my face swelled up, my lips swelled up, my collarbone swelled up (and NO I refused to photo that). My daughter’s legs look like she broke into chicken pox and the itching just comes and goes.
The bites get warm to touch and then they cool off and suddenly you are itching in another place. If you itch them they can get infected.
We headed to the lake at dusk. The lake is on a path with tall grass, gravel and it is so moist. Of course the sand and the water did not help either. So what happened? The Chigger bugs attached to us, hitched a ride on our skin, and then sucked our skin and injected it with their saliva. These little buggers hurt. We never saw them, but we sure do see the results of their injections.
While they don’t have poison in them and are not going to kill us, my warning is to anyone headed to Lake Erie, walking in the grass, along the lake on trails .. cover up, or bug spray it up. Or you too will be a victim of the Chigger Bug.
What do you do for a Chigger But Bite? You can put Ice on it, if there is just one (good luck with that, usually multiple) so maybe an ice bath. We used Benadryl to stop the itching and the swelling, but that was only temporary.
I sought medical attention for my son, my daughter and myself as we were swelling and having light complications. My back has hives beyond hives and my lips and face were huge. My daughter’s legs look hen-pecked and now we are using steroidal prescribed cream.
The bites activate harder at night and are a nuisance during the day, but there is nothing you can do it has to run its course and it can last from 2 days to 2 weeks. The bites appear in clusters and Oh My Sally do you want to rip your skin off, but don’t!