Spring is quickly approaching, YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a little information which may prove useful if you go camping or walking through woods or some other nature type of area. The following information is, uh...icky, but important. It comes from this First Aid site.
When humans come in contact with infested grass or other vegetation, the chigger larvae get onto the skin and travel until they meet an obstacle like a waistband. At this point, they attach to the skin and begin to feed. After feeding for three to four days, the larvae drop off the body to continue their growth cycle. While feeding, the larvae secrete a fluid which causes intense itching. Within twenty-four hours of attachment, a reddened area up to one inch in diameter will appear, which may be accompanied by a blister. Continued itching is usually due to a delayed sensitivity reaction which may persist for several weeks.
- The affected area should be kept clean by washing with soap and water.
- A topical hydrocortisone cream, antihistamine, or local anesthetic may be of value in reducing the itching. Consult your physician or pharmacist.
- The wounds should not be scratched, if possible. Clip fingernails short to limit damage to the skin.
- If signs of infection occur, consult your physician.