Tuesday, May 24, 2005

So Sean and I both have these mysterious bites on us, from a few days ago. He found out they must be chigger bites...all the symptoms point to them. This is the first time I've ever been bitten by them. Now here are some interesting tidbits about chigger bites! Yuck...

"Chigger larvae do not burrow into the skin, nor suck blood. They pierce the skin and inject into the host a salivary secretion containing powerful, digestive enzymes that break down skin cells that are ingested (tissues become liquefied and sucked up). Also, this digestive fluid causes surrounding tissues to harden, forming a straw-like feeding tube of hardened flesh (stylostome) from which further, partially-digested skin cells may be sucked out. After a larva is fully fed in four days, it drops from the host, leaving a red welt with a white, hard central area on the skin that itches severely and may later develop into dermatitis. Any welts, swelling, itching, or fever will usually develop three to six hours after exposure and may continue a week or longer. If nothing is done to relieve itching, symptoms may continue a week or more. Scratching a bite may break the skin, resulting in secondary infections."

The bites itch like hell! :(

And here's a pic of the damn buggers!!!

Damn chigger Posted by Hello


Blogger Ming said...

Ew! So THAT's what those "huge mosquito bites that took a week to stop itching" were. I'm now more grossed out than ever before, but I guess I'm glad to be enlightened. :)

2:12 PM  

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