BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Social › Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates › Turkey mites or chiggers? Help I am itching so bad
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Turkey mites or chiggers? Help I am itching so bad

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

ok guys here is the deal. I went to a little visited corner of the farm to gather some blackberry branches for my goats. A few hours later I have some bites. A few hours after that I am in major itching torment, initially my mom said turkey mites. We have them bad and thats how the bite looked at first. Then all of a sudden its swollen, hot, and blistering up. I know its a mite because I scratched one off and put it under my sons microscope..

 

It looks like poison ivy, blisters and all. Itches so bad I feel like crying or screaming. Drives me insane. Vinegar bath helps as long as I am in the water. benedryl spray helps a little, not much. I put vasaline  over it because someone said that worked. Mouth watch didn't do a thing either. This rash kept getting worse and worse till i took benedryl. I seem to be holding steady at this point. Other than I now have fever blisters on my tongue and am worried. Have you guys ever seen bites that are all blistered up like that. I would say one blister is about the size of a quarter.

 

edited to add: these are so small the only way I can see them is microscope. I see the dot but in order to tell its a bug I have to use the microscope.  Its a tiny pin dot in the middle of a blister. I have large masses of these blisters. I was messing around with oak trees and straw also. help

 

Update: Ok well the fever blister went away for the most part. I only had a few small fever blisters on my tongue. I have tried every home remedy in the book except bathroom cleaner spray, kerosine, lighter fluid, and windex. I am not that desperate.

 

What I have found to work so far:

 

Vinegar bath: limited relief but still it helped.

 

vasaline: helps definitely

 

Benedryl spray: limited and at times made it itch worse

 

Ivarest spray: useless for this

 

Bleach water bath: WOW did this help alot ( half cup of bleach into a full tub and soak for 15)

 

Benedryl pills: Not sure how much it helped the itching but I at least slept through alot of the itching

 

I just have to make it till Monday and then the dr will see me. No emergency dr visit for me, they don't consider this an emergency. Insurance would not cover an ER visit either. Not serious enough.


Edited by HeatherLynn - 7/14/12 at 2:54pm

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply
post #2 of 9

Honey if you have mouth involvement after an allergic type reaction I'd call your doctor before it is the middle of the night and see what he/she says!

 

Blister in the mouth and no bite there- I'd be on the phone to my doctor.

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

Reply

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

Reply
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Yea, my doctor doesn't do emergency calls. I have to wait till morning and hope she comes in. If not her nurse will have to take care of me. I never ever ever get bites and all of a sudden bam. Seems I might be a bit allergic to the bites. Not having fun with this. I can't live in a vinegar bath.

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply
post #4 of 9

I think I'd be going to the ER instead of waiting for my doctor...If it gets bad enough to swell your air way shut, you're not going to have a good day to say the least.

I had that problem with poison ivy...Got it bad enough - multiple times actually - that I had to get in that day for treatment before it spread to my throat and I couldn't breath anymore.

post #5 of 9

fl.gif Hoping you are getting better.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

I should start mending now. I was finally able to get into the dr's office. I had turkey mite bites, thankfully the bleach bath got rid of the little buggers BUT because of the bites I got cellulitis. Also I have poison sumac or poison oak. Thats what was around the area I was working in. Not not not having a good time.  The shot they gave me helped a ton already so now its allergy pills, more allergy pills, steroids, and antibiotics to be followed by more allergy pills and probiotics. FUN

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply
post #7 of 9

Oh my gosh, that's a lot going on.  So glad you got in to see the doc and that they're on top of it.  hugs.gifI hope you feel better very soon and get some relief!      

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

I already feel better. The pain is gone and the itch is under control. She thinks everything was early enough on that this should be easy to take care of. My only complaint is the steroid. It is very very effective but it makes me so hyper and a bit anxious. I about go out of my mind. I know its makes me hyper enough for my husband to get a bit annoyed. He understands but when he starts fussing at me like the kids to calm down for just 5 minutes I know the meds have kicked in. I have had these before and I knew this was coming but the doctor insisted this would work best. I guess I will play laundry and house cleaning catch up and maybe go through my to do list and finish it off lol.  I am treating the anxiety with a large dose of Andrea Bocelli. Going to be a fun few days for the hubby.

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply

Mother of 4, teacher of 2,  Raise chickens, ducks, geese, goats and YAY I finally have my dairy cow. I am addicted to finances and getting great deals. I enjoy sharing this with others, especially family. I actually enjoy doing taxes and have taught others to do their own.  I craft a little, sew a little, and read alot.  One upon a time people thought there was a chance I would be meek, quiet,...

Reply
post #9 of 9

I am so happy that you are on the mend!

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

Reply

Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Social › Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates › Turkey mites or chiggers? Help I am itching so bad