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Old 05-20-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
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Question Question about sore, big bites, etc.

Okay, I'm guessing these little sore itchy places are actually mosquito bites on my legs.

My question is this: Does fibro make these areas HURT and very sore to the touch?? I don't mean just the bite itself, but all the skin surrounding it.

I have three little mosquito bites on my legs. That whole area of my leg hurts and is inflammed - not just the bite.

I've never noticed it that bad before.

Anyone have anything similar?
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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

Les,

Have you been dx'd with Lupus? Or is that still up in the air? If so, I would blame the skin hurting on the Lupus.

HOWEVER, you read my post about FM having damaged tissue neurons? Well, since the skin is tissue and if the neurons in our skin is damaged I would imagine it would be more sensitive. I haven't really noticed any mosquito bites too often. I'm a "shut in"! Plus, I live down here on the gulf coast and it's already bad down here with mosquitos because of all the rain we had last month. Nasty buggers! But I DO know with FM, you bruise easier and the bruises seem to last longer, as do any skin irritations like scratches or burns. We take longer to heal. So it is very likely THAT holds true for mosquito bites. They are "boo boos" also.

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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

I have always had mosquito bites like that. I also have lupus, but have been on hydroxychloroquine for a couple years now and don't notice the bites anymore. I am not sure if the bugs just don't like my blood now or if I really stay indoors that much.

 
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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

Hiya All,

I have long lasting blistery affects from bites of any type. Due in most part to lupus. If you take steroids these little creatures just love it apparently. So my lupus specialist told me. I have to have hospital treatment for the extent of the blistering and inflammation. I'm such a tender little soul aren't I? He he.

The most common thing her in the UK to get bitten by is a midge. The following information interested me because I feel in a lot of what is says it is relevant to bigger badder things that bite he he.

The thing is though when any foreign little creature takes a bit and a suck out of you, then it leaves its saliva which in turn infects the skin and surrounding tissue. It is the pregnant female midge that bites in order to feed her developing fertilised eggs. It is thought that the midge's saliva is pumped into the wound to prevent the blood from clotting and the flow from drying up. This saliva induces in the victims a mild allergic or immune response causing him or her to to respond with immediate production of histamine which travels to the site of the wound. This causes the blood capillary to remain open for a few minutes, allowing the midge to feed on the blood meanwhile. During this time, the human body sends in white blood cells which start to eliminate any infection and repair the wound. The consequent swelling and itching of the bite are the result of the healthy human response to the attack.

The midge will remove about one ten-millionth of a litre of blood. For many people, they will notice an irritating raised and reddened area of skin which subsides over the next few minutes. For others, midge bites can be a major problem, with infuriating itching, bleeding sores and generalised discomfort.

My husband has just had an instance of this becauses he was working in the garden (miracles do happen you know) and midges had their dinner off him. He doesn't have any auto immune problem or fibro, but they sure left their calling cards he he.

Hope you have some relief soon.

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Old 05-21-2005, 06:55 AM   #5
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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

Well, the lupus thing is still up in the air. I have the DNA antibodies, but that's as much as I know.

Okay, goldenwings, what is a midge? LOL Is it like a mosquito? How big is it? I know mosquitoes do the same thing (suck your blood), but it still freaks me out to think about it! LOL
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Old 05-21-2005, 11:09 AM   #6
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Hi MomwithMS, here in Alabama we call a midge A GNAT. They are
really bad this year and sometimes cause me to go in the house to
get away from them. Goldenwings, do you have ''chiggers'' on your
island? They too are pesky insects. I enjoy all the post although I
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Hiya bilij,

Good to see you again. How are your doing?

Chiggers - no, not in the UK. The midges I talked of actually fly, they are minute but itch like heck if they land on you.

I have just read up on chiggers, uuurrrggghhh !!

Keep well.

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Hi MomwithMS, here in Alabama we call a midge A GNAT. They are
really bad this year and sometimes cause me to go in the house to
get away from them. Goldenwings, do you have ''chiggers'' on your
island? They too are pesky insects. I enjoy all the post although I
don't post often myself. My prayers are with you, my friends, here
on this board.
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Hey Biliji,

From one Alabamian to another (tho I am a mere "transplant" and you are a natural! ) I know what you mean about those little gnats! I have officially nicknamed them "flying teeth"!

Good to "see" you again my friend,
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Old 05-21-2005, 08:13 PM   #9
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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

have to add on the gnats--here in S. Ga, we call the "no see-ems", so tiny you don't see them, they are so thick though that you breathe them in and all, I consider them much worse a pest than mosquitos. Although we are having a hard time here with mosquitos following all the rain we had at the beginning of spring, we have some real "gallon dippers". I don't know though, I'll take a mosquito or a gnat bite any day over the fire ants. Those are the boogers that mess me up, and they are all over.

 
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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

Hello momwithMS,

How very rude of me. I have only just noticed that you asked me a question and I didn't answer it.

A midge is so very, very tiny that it honestly looks like a tiny black floater that you sometimes get in your eyes it moves so quickly.

So tiny but they cause so much irritation. When they land they do the damage.

Sorry about the delay in replying.

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Old 05-24-2005, 07:25 AM   #11
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Re: Question about sore, big bites, etc.

Not a problem at all.

I was just thinking that I'm really glad I live in Oklahoma instead of where these flying teeth live! LOL We have mosquitos and chiggers but our gnats typically don't bite (or at least they've never feasted on me! LOL)

But then again, we have tornados that drop out of the sky and destroy everything in the path. . so I guess flying teeth are better than that! hehe.
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