Do bugs like you as much as they do me?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by claudiaw, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I woke up this morning with several bug bites. At least I assume that's what they are.
    here in nashville, the weather has been so mild the flowers are blooming and apparently the bugs are out.
    I ALWAYS am the one person who has tons of bites, while anyone around me has none or maybe 1 or 2.
    I have tried thiamine, doesn't help much, any suggestions?
    Natural bug repelants are o.k. for outside, but I was asleep and got bit!
    Don't see anything in my room, I'm washing everything just in case.
    I'm the same way with poison ivy, that will be next.
    I can't handle pred. shot's they make me hurt all over ( more than I already do).
    One spot of poison ivy turns into huge pathches all over.
    Thanks for any advice.:)
    Itchy ( claudia:)
  2. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    I don't have any advice, but I can keep you company. Bugs bite me when no one else is getting bit. I scar very easily also. I have scars on my arms from bug bites two or three years ago. A doctor didn't want to believe the only thing wrong with me was bug bites one time when I was in for an employment physical years ago. I had mosquito bites all over both legs. It was awful. He still seemed to think I wasn't being honest. If anyone has advice I'd love to hear it. I've been this way my whole life. As a child my granny would set a fire and get it to smoke so the bugs would stay away from me and I could play outside in the summer evenings.
  3. pemaw54

    pemaw54 New Member

    I live in Nashville, close to the old airport. Off of Briley Pkway. I have every allergy known to man and this is the month that our trees and shrubs start to bud so Im fighting that as well as the worst fibro symtoms I think Ive ever had. I havent had a bug problem but since Im almost housebound right now, I dont get out much. This time of the yr, spiders, silver fish like to come into my house. Have you tried spraying around your baseboards and doorways? Who is your rheumatologist? Im allergic to cortisone so when I have a rash, Im pretty much on my own. This wasnt much help but Im not thinking clearly today.

  4. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    Last summer I was drinking catnip and dandelion tea to help detox and my liver and digestion. Turns out catnip is a better bug repellant than Deet. You can get natural sprays w/ it, but I was just drinking the tea regularly and lo, the bugs left me alone for a change. And we stayed out in the wooods, a block from the Ottawa River no less, so you better believe there were bugs on the bugs. The clouds of misquitos when mating sounded like a deisel truck, they'd mass for a block.

    Catnip can be in bulk herb sections, usually at health stores and makes a lovely light mint tea (it's actually in the mint family). You can also buy capsules and tincture if you don't want to drink it. tincture would be esp. good because you could ingest and add it to skin cream or a water bottle to put on exposed skin too. Definitely let us know if it helps.

  5. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    It is frustrating isn't it.
    I have scars ( red or puple spots) from old bites as well.
    I read in one of my FM books that we attract bugs for some reason. Great!
    I wish we attracted money!:)
    I take benedryl and use anti-histamine cream, but it doesn't help much.
    Garlic and brewers yeast are supposed to be good ( just like flea tablets for dog's!:).
    Nothing really has helped me though.
    I'm destined to itch from now til Sept. I guesss.
    If you find anything that helps let me know.:) I will do the same.
  6. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I'm glad I am not alone here in nashville.:)
    I live in Burns out in dickson Co. (just past Kingston Springs).
    My husband is in entertaiment production, he works at the opryland hotel a lot.
    My rhuemy is Dr. Watterson at Arthritis Specialists ( I saw Dr. Knapp first but well, let's just say I needed to have a different personality type:).
    Everything is in bloom including allergies , bugs and poison ivy! I get them all.
    benedryl helps a little but not much.
    I'm just so overly sensetive to everything. I catch poison ivy from my dog's even off my husband's clothes after he has cut grass or beeen in the yard.
    I'm unable to drive right now and going to court for disability March 14th.
    I'm sorry you have been flaring. The constant change in weather here is very hard on us.
    I think our bodies don't regulate temp. well as it is.
    I go see a P.T. Susan Underwood who is very good, she is in green hills area.
    I also go to a P.T. in brentwood. They are very gentle there which I need.
    many P.T.'s have hurt me, so it is nice to have finaaly found some that help.
    Keep me posted on how you are doing.
    Take care,
  7. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    That's a great idea.
    I forgot about catnip.
    I did that while I was working, but it was too relaxing then, but I could use that now.:)
    It's good for gas too( babies and colic)I don't have that problem now, but who know's!:)
    I will try it this year.
  8. Frustratedandtired

    Frustratedandtired New Member

    In Clarksville. I also go to Arthritis Specialists! Dr. Myers is my doc. I have always seemed to attract biting insects. While everyone else is sitting around biteless, I'm under attack!!! I might have to try the catnip!
    Oh yeah. Most of the time I use the Skin So Soft bath oil as a repellent. Seems to work but kind of messy.
    [This Message was Edited on 02/27/2006]
  9. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I take a high dose b-complex, they still bite.
    I guess I have sweet blood no matter what.:)
    I am like an all day/all night diner for bugs!:)
    Thanks for the advice.
  10. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    You and I are in the same office.:)
    How do you like Dr. Myer's?
    Have you ever gone to Dr.KnappI wondered if we have ever been there at the same time.
    Small world isn't it.:)
    I also have tried skin so soft, but like you said it is messy.
    I'm going to try the catnip and see how that goes.
    let me know how you are doing.
  11. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    I recently started taking garlic to kill off the overabundance of yeast in my system. If it helps me with bug bites I'll let you know! Wouldn't it be great if we could find supplements that would help us to conquer more than one issue@

  12. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    It would be great!
    I am trying to use ssupplements that do multiple things (specific to my needs) so I don't have to take so many things.
    plus all these supplements are expensive, i can't afford them anymore.
    let me know how you do.
  13. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I need to bathe in bay leaves!:)
    I will try this too.
  14. rockyjs

    rockyjs Member

    I never paid much attention to mosquito or bug repellants since I was so allergic to most of the ingredients, especially DEET. I've only had two mosquito bites in the past six years, but one of them nearly took my life.

    The media is just not getting out enough information about the seriousness of West Nile virus, especially in adults 40+ years old. When I got bitten in 2003 I was the healthiest I had been in years, and almost all of my West Nile survivor friends who now have severe neurological and cognitive damage were very active and healthy also.

    Now I deal with severe pain and fatigue on a daily basis and all my former symptoms of CFIDS and MCS have returned.

    Because DEET and many other repellants are so toxic the health departments in our area are also promoting natural alternatives like Bite Blocker. It doesn't last as long, but DEET can actually cause neurological damage and it should be a crime to use it on children.

    For other types of bug bites (ticks, chiggers, spiders, etc) I use hydrogen peroxide right away to kill any bacteria, then 1% cortisone cream if I have swelling or itching. Meat tenderizer works really well on stings.

    I have been able to decrease my allergic response to rashes by taking an amino acid called L-Histidine. It works like prednisone without the side effects. But if you use it for allergies, be sure to get the pure powder or capsules without B6 added.


  15. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    Thank you for the great info.
    I'm sorry you have had such a hard time.
    I know with CFIDS and FM anything else we get is like the straw that broke the camel's back.
    take care,
  16. Frustratedandtired

    Frustratedandtired New Member

    I didn't like Dr. Myers at first. But I went to see him again and liked him better the second time. It is a small world!!
  17. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I also have a hard time keeping track of my own posts, much less someone elses!:)
    I'm too slow for this board.:)
    My rheumy never looks me in the eye!
    I don't know if he is shy or what.
    he never looks at my husband either, so I guess that is just the way he is.
    He seem's to care and really want's to help, so I'm pretty happy.
    Maybe I will see you there sometime!:)
    Take care,
    [This Message was Edited on 02/28/2006]

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