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Welp, here's a new one to add to the injury list for me......I got bit on the ankle by a little white worm while out cutting the grass on Friday. Little thing just about took me off my feet almost, it felt like someone was pounding a finishing nail into my ankle. He wasn't crawling up my foot, he was literally perpendicular to it trying to bore his way into my ankle. I swatted it off, (no I didn't save it), remarked to myself about how much a little thing could hurt, and finished cutting the grass. Put a little Benadryl on it that night after a shower, went to bed. Got up Saturday and it itched a bit and was a little red, shrugged it off and went about my day. Got up Sunday and my foot was swollen, ankle a bit more red and my whole leg from the knee down hurt like hell. Wife got concerned and convinced me to go to the doc yesterday. My foot was almost 2X normal size and the whole side of the ankle is now a deep rosy redlol_hitting.gif. Noone in the office could figure out what the worm was (I googled a bit, not a lot of info out there on biting worms LOL). I have a low grade fever, heartrate and BP through the roof to boot. They put me on prednisone and clindamycin (I'm highly allergic to all forms of penicillin) and I have a follow up appointment with them on Thursday. It's getting a little better now after a couple drugs, but still sore and itchy as all hell.
 
Anyone know what kind of little (@ 1" long), whitish skinny kind of worm around the Virginia area this thing might have been?  Baby millipede or something?  It didn't have any hair or legs on it like a millipede....but that's the only thing I can think of.  I do get an occasional millipede inside the garage, but they're full grown and look like a typical millipede.  LOL.

Here's what it looked like last night. Yay me....

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33 minutes ago, mjeff87 said:
Welp, here's a new one to add to the injury list for me......I got bit on the ankle by a little white worm while out cutting the grass on Friday. Little thing just about took me off my feet almost, it felt like someone was pounding a finishing nail into my ankle. He wasn't crawling up my foot, he was literally perpendicular to it trying to bore his way into my ankle. I swatted it off, (no I didn't save it), remarked to myself about how much a little thing could hurt, and finished cutting the grass. Put a little Benadryl on it that night after a shower, went to bed. Got up Saturday and it itched a bit and was a little red, shrugged it off and went about my day. Got up Sunday and my foot was swollen, ankle a bit more red and my whole leg from the knee down hurt like hell. Wife got concerned and convinced me to go to the doc yesterday. My foot was almost 2X normal size and the whole side of the ankle is now a deep rosy redlol_hitting.gif. Noone in the office could figure out what the worm was (I googled a bit, not a lot of info out there on biting worms LOL). I have a low grade fever, heartrate and BP through the roof to boot. They put me on prednisone and clindamycin (I'm highly allergic to all forms of penicillin) and I have a follow up appointment with them on Thursday. It's getting a little better now after a couple drugs, but still sore and itchy as all hell.
 
Anyone know what kind of little (@ 1" long), whitish skinny kind of worm around the Virginia area this thing might have been?  Baby millipede or something?  It didn't have any hair or legs on it like a millipede....but that's the only thing I can think of.  I do get an occasional millipede inside the garage, but they're full grown and look like a typical millipede.  LOL.

Here's what it looked like last night. Yay me....

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possible hookworm?...……………………………………….iic!k

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Don,

The thing kind of looked like that fly larvae, but from reading your link the larvae don't bite.

 

Bum......yeah, I dunno.  Whatever it was didn't get too far inside of my skin.  There's hardly a bite mark/location to see where it actually bit me.  But, bite me it sure did.

 

 

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Can't speak to the critter that got you, have no idea, you really should have captured him. 

 

I'm not a fan of PPEs, I've always said that gloves are for doctors and pussies. 

Men need to be men!

That said, as I get older.............

 

I mow on a tractor but when I weed-eat, rubber masonry boots and I wear a pair of sweat pants that go down over the boots. 

Boots are for rocks and snakes and whatever other critters like ticks. 

 

There is $#!& out there that will eat you alive, here in the country. 

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Sympathy post-

 

13 years ago I was gutting a bathroom, I got a cut on my left calf. I was diagnosed with MRSA. 

 

If that $#!& don't kill you, you'll wish it had. Doctors didn't do much for me other than prescribe powerful antibiotics.

I had to perform surgery on myself, I made about a 2" incision with a razor blade so I could clean the wound out myself. 

 

MRSA feels like the flu multiplied by 10. 

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It's just too damn hot to wear long pants here when I cut the grass in the summer.  Otherwise I am a stickler for PPE.....I wear 3M mickey mouse ear protection (with a built in radio/MP3 player), safety glasses, gloves, and I even have a pair of Kevlar (low cut) construction shoes I wear with a pair of ankle socks).  Just not long pants, until the fall.  I might have to rethink that.

 

My doc is concerned about cellulitis, and I have a followup visit scheduled for Thursday.  The steroids do seem to be helping some, but I'm only on day 2.

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that suuuuucks....  :crazy:

 

down here in georgia I don't screw around with the wildlife.  I lived the vast majority of my life in the suburbs of michigan and this place feels like a jungle.   everything is just so dang aggressive!  I regularly spray the perimeter for creepy crawlies ( we have a couple acres backed up to woods so I go as far as the 3 hoses together reach) and concede the back acre of woods to the critters for the entire summer time.  I'm a live and let live kind of guy but this place is just nuts.  like, cleanse it with fire kind of nuts.  :fistshake2:  I say kill it all!!!

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Steadily improving, doesn't hurt anymore but still a little itchy.  The rosy red has deepened to a more purplish color...I've been putting an ice pack directly on it in the evenings, and I think the steroids are helping.  

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On July 25, 2018 at 2:52 PM, NC Tom said:

Next mow, spray your shoes and ankles with Permethrin.

 

Not a bad idea at all.  I've been bitten by all manner of things down here (spiders, snakes, flying objects of death....) but never on the ankle/foot.

On July 25, 2018 at 4:18 PM, Pete M said:

 

:roflmao:  I did the same thing.  

 

Yeah, not a big fan of creepy crawly things with tiny little jaws of death.

23 hours ago, Jeep Driver said:

Well, at least it didn't crawl up your shorts.

 

Lol.  I wouldn't mind some swelling/enhancement in other areas....wait, this is a family show.  I'll stop here :)

8 hours ago, cruiser54 said:

A little trick for bug bites I learned from my doctor buddy.

 

First chance you get, wet a paper towel, shake some plain Adolf's meat tenderizer on the towel and apply to the affected area. Rub it around a bit. 

 

Ive used tenderizer on bee bite before, but that was years ago.  Haven't had a bottle of that stuff in my cabinet in quite some time.  Might be good to grab some though, just in case there's a next time.

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