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Sniper
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   Posted 9/15/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
 Some of you know I live in south Louisiana . I call it paradise with parasites , nirvana with gnats . We have a very healthy population of fire ants too. One bite from a fire ant and you know what " Ohhhhhhh S#!+ " is all about and they wait until they have a good number up your pant legs before the first strike. I think they have little cell phones and they put the word out when they are all in place and then its bite and sting and sting and bite. Anyway , once upon a time  a sting to my body left a red whelp and a small sore later , but lately I end up with a wound that looks more like a boil that is come to a head. When cleaned there is a very distinted hole and healing takes weeks. Yes it is a true acid burn because they use formic acid . With enough bites I run a low grade fever too. I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed a lengthening in healing time for bug bites. I think it may be the meds I am on but I wage an ongoing war with fire ants because they do so much damage to me.
  We also have a new type of mosquito that bites all day instead of in the mornings and early evenings. The little suckers have bent beaks,, I think ,,because they sting more and leave large whelps. I use to bow hunt and being bitten by hundreds of mosquitos did not bother me at all,,but now,,just call me Lumpy. How about you guys ?
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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 9/15/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper...every bug bite I get takes a long time to heal and I am not on any major meds. of course up here in the great white north (or just south of Canada) we don't get the variety of insects that you do.

You've got to come north....snow might not be fun, but you can avoid it. I am terrified of bugs, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and fire.....NE US is pretty secure from all those things.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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Sniper
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Habs,,,hows the fishing up there. I dont see me sitting in a little shanty looking at a hole in the ice . I'll just fight the bugs. Anyway , Harley does not make snow chains that I know of.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


flowery
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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper,
from Minnesota...it's cold here and fishing out of a hole in the ice is a blast when you can set up a small heater and cook-top! Some of those houses on the ice have hudge T.V.'s too! Anyway, yes it takes longer to heal when your on immune supresents. I'm on Immuran. Was bit my a hornet last week and I'm still recovering. I used to heal right up right away from things .... not anymore! It's all part of this stupid disease! I've been bit by fire-ants ...they hurt terrible! they are miserable little things!
Was wondering if living in the south...does the sun and humidity make you feel worse?
Flowery
 41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. PTSD 1999. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Two-Re-sections on small intestine, total of 18 inches taken out 2006. Stomach Herniation from re-section 2007, Been getting kidney stones too! The good news...finding this website.
                Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, asacol, Bentyl, Coelestid, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, 4/20meq's potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.
                         


spookyh
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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in the desert, so we don't have a lot of bugs here. Mainly those tan crickets. We have about every stage of the cricket lifespan in out house, from the teeny-tiny-barely-discernible-as-a-cricket to the big daddies. I suggested to my mom that we get a gecko to turn lose at night, but she vetoed the idea.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


Sniper
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   Posted 9/16/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Flowery, the heat and humidity does effect me more than it use too when I was working, but now on those hot rainy days , I can look out of the window and be thankful I'm an old retired geeezer. I suppose kicking back in a nice warm hut , watching the game while catching perch could have its perks, but draging in a 20 pound Red is such a blast, and just great on the grill. But, theres a draw back, sitting on a bucket in a rocking boat doing your business is a bit rough.
Spooky , I would be glad to send you some geckos. I watch them every night as they come out to eat, but they dont make a dent in the number of bugs here, they just get fat. Your mom is probably right though. The first time one sneeked in when you opened the door and ran across her bedroom ceiling , she would be after you and me both..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 9/16/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
This is why army guys crack me up....I have seen harley snow chains.
http://www.1130cc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113079
http://www.mv-motorrad.de/cosmoshop/lshop,showdetail,13240,e,1105803788-30287,,10107,,,.htm

Yes, I have noticed it takes me longer to heal from wounds, bite, colds, etc.


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Sniper
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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I stand corrected MMMMNAVY,, but this Army guy isn't really dumb enough to use them....Thanks for the sites though, I can send them to VietVet. He gets much more snow than I do and well, you can guess the rest...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Nanners
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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Me too, it takes longer for me to heal too from anything really. I and my husband had the stomach flu about a month or two ago, and he was fine the next day, but took me about a week to fully recover. I got stung by a bee a few years back and it took forever for that to heal up too. You must take real sweet to those ants:) And do watch out for those with cell phones, alot of those phones have GPS in them, and now all the rest of the red ant family know where you live.

Hugs
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littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in the Uk and rarely get bitten here. However I have recently been to see family in South Carolina & I got a corking bite. Sounds hust like the one you had Sniper. Ten days later I still have a big red cirle with what now looks like a blood blister, but at least it doesnt itch anymore
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
 
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I live right next to Ft. Riley (and wake up to the sound of artillary in the morning at least once a week) and know 2 guys that drive harleys year around.  I have to admit I do get concerned with the bad ice storms we get.


Forum Co-moderator - Crohn's Disease/Thyroid Disorders:_All comments have the caveat contact your local health care provider.

I will find a way or make one. –Phillip Sidney 1554-1586

All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.

The Bucket List- Have you found joy in your life?  Has your life brought joy to others?

Make sure your suffering has meaning…

Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 9/16/2009 8:44:24 AM (GMT-6)


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper...my family owns Harleys up here....you just enjoy the days you can go out even more. And learn how to ride in warm clothes for fall!

We have a great fishing selection up here in WNY. We are on the great lakes for fun fishing (would never eat those! imagine 3eyed fish from The Simpsons). There are also many parks around me with well stocked ponds. just don't try to fish in the hatchery :-)

Hoping you are healing some now. I have two spots on my legs from skeeter bites....just put some wet bar soap onthem to kill the itch. Mom's old recipes always work!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


Sniper
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   Posted 9/16/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
MMMNAVY, those artillery guys get their brains rattled too often to make wise decisions . Those Navy pilots use to make me wonder too , though , they saved my bacon on more than one occasion by flying in to fire so thick I wondered if they had enough room in the cockpit for them and their equipment, if you get my drift. I do ride in very cold weather and I prefer it but when the ice is on the road, welllll, thats what trucks or for. Not too many three eyed fish here Habs, but we are always geting warned about mercury. I dont catch and eat enough to worry and after all, look at how healthy I am ,,,,evil grin. By the way, the bayou is up from all the rain we are having and this has pushed the little red devils back away from the water. They are shallow in the ground now. Tooooooooo bad for them. I just sprayed h=!! out of them this morning . Speaking of brain power, where is VV when I want to pick on him?
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Keeper
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   Posted 9/16/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
LittleMissMuffet - the red circle around your bite may mean that you have been exposed to Lyme disease. It is restricted to north America, mostly eastern areas, so your local doctor may not recognize it by sight. Got to your doctor and ask to be tested for it. It does not go away by itself and the long term complications are nasty.

SydneyJo
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   Posted 9/16/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
It takes me weeks to heal any open wound I have and was unlucky enough to get a double staph infection from a sore on my foot last year. Its the MTX and pred that are the culprits for me. The mossies arent so bad in my area but the flies - UGH.
Jo
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Ankylosing Spondylitis
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