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Chigga wha?

Man, so I have about fifty or so chigger bites on each leg from last week's camping trip.  When people see them they say "ahhhhhh" but they don't itch at all (the bites), but at some point in the last couple days I've been gotten by a genuine mosquito so I'm scratching like mad at like three bites in the middle of all these totally unitchy bites and I don't know, it just seems odd.

This is the first of at least two entries about bugs.

Did you know what not all insects are bugs?  'Struth.

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zombiepatrick
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:03 am (UTC)
Chigarid for the chigger bites, Rhuli Gel (now known as Band-Aid Anti-Itch Gel) for the mosquito bites. You can find both for relatively cheap at the pharmacy.
littlewashu
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
The chigger bites don't bother me at all! They just make me look as though I have smallpox. But they don't itch. Or will this make them go away faster? I do hope they won't leave marks or anything . . .

And thank you for the tip on the anti-itch gel! I just may check that out.
zombiepatrick
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
The Chigarid should make the bites completely go away. If it doesn't, try some of the Rhuli Gel (or some Cortizone). I swear by that Rhuli Gel; that stuff's amazing.
thalamic
Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
Did you know what not all insects are bugs?

...but all bugs are insects. Just learned that from an Encarta quiz. They are like alkali. ;)
littlewashu
Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:17 am (UTC)
Whoa, wait, really? I actually thought that not all bugs are insects! I thought that spiders were bugs. Hmm.

Also, what does "like alkali" mean?
thalamic
Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Well, that's what Encarta said. Here's the explaination: "Scientifically speaking, all bugs are insects. True bugs (which include bed bugs and many water bugs*) belong to the scientific order Heteroptera. The term bug is also sometimes used loosely to refer to members of the order Homoptera, which include cicadas and aphids. An insect is any small, air-breathing animal with a segmented body made up of three parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen. There are approximately 29 different orders of insects; about one million species of insects have been identified so far. Insects account for about half of all the animals known to science!"

The 'like alkali' was a joke. You know, all alkalis are bases but not all bases are alkali. Something that I remembered from high-school chemistry.
emalinebeachbum
Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
Man, when I was 11... I had some crazy run in with chiggers... an experience I hope to never re-live (is that the right spelling? "relive" lookes weird to me)It was hell.
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