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Anyone on this board experience red itchy bumps on their upper torso (chest, arms, armpits, neck, etc)???
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Some folks may have an allergic reaction, resulting in a necrotic ulcer that forms (red bump scabs over....takes months to heal....leaving crater/scar/discoloration of skin).

Initial bite leaves Red, itchy, swollen bites (look hard enough, one can see small bite mark where the probiscus entered skin) that appear 1-2 days after....yard work (trimming hedges, cutting grass, laying pine straw), playing tennis, hanging around outside for long periods of time, etc......all events take place around the thousands of Oak Trees in ATL.

Any takers?????
Folks who have have mysterious bite marks on their upper torso......been outside lately??? Around a bunch of Oak Trees???????

I posted on here before.....could not figure it out. Went to Derm., etc....no dice.

After months of research.....many scarring bites (some bites left necrotic scarring).....I think I may have figured it out. My neighborhood is new but surrounded by beautiful Oak Trees.
I cannot find anything about this in GEORGIA on the net. I found articles about this up in Chicago......exact traits.

Anyone....any where with knowledge about this.....please chime in.

Thanks,

Tim in Atlanta
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replied October 24th, 2007
I read your earlier post with great interest. I am interested in any resolution you have discovered...and in helping you solve your problem.

So what's up with the oak trees? You say you think you figured out your problem, but I don't see your solution. I would surmise that some insect parasite is living in your oak trees. Is the foliage brushing up against your house?

How long have you lived in that house? Is the problem SEASONAL?

I am not a medical person, but I am astute at managing my house property...and killing bugs. I live in California, though, so my "bug life" is simpler than yours, in the Atlanta area.

The dating of your original posting was significant to me...being early summer.

Many years ago, my wife suddenly discovered numerous bug bites on her body, while I was less affected. This occurred in early July. We were utterly mystified but through aggressive searching discovered a stream of insects at the bedroom window. They were utterly tiny, barely visible to the naked eye. A couple of phone calls to exterminators and we had our answer...they were "bird mites." We promptly cleaned this up.

Why bird mites, you ask? For years, I had tolerated the annual nesting of sparrows outside our bedroom window, in a high spot beneath the eves, in a raceway used for air-conditioning tubing. The deep raceway and heavy protection from elements offered by the eve was ideal for the birds, and I thought nothing of it, since I had always been fond of birds. Well, that is ancient history now, and birds have no place in contact-proximity to my house.

It turned out that, as wild animals commonly are replete with parasites, sparrows are afflicted with bird mites. The birds that year vacated the nest at the end of spring, as usual, leaving hungry, blood-seeking mites in their nest. I think you get the picture now! They discovered a taste for human blood! Fortunately, they didn't vector any disease to us.

I would advise you to eliminate any foliage from contacting your residence directly, as this can serve as a bridge for tiny vermin.

Have you flea-bombed your house? I discovered the agony of flea bites as an adult, after relocating my residence. Flea bites tend to manifest on lower legs, just above sock line, though. Still, fumigation seems to be of merit, in your case.

Did you say your living space is carpeted? Hard floors are much more hygienic.

Please post after you have solved your problem. Your readers are interested in you, and in the solution.
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replied November 5th, 2007
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/mites.oak.lea f.2.339232.html
Article re: Oak, itch or Straw Mites.

House is new....built in 05. Moved in Jan. 2006. HArdwoods downstairs. Commericial Loop Pile (??) type Berber upstairs..
We have "nature area" behind house.....treeline 80-100 ft from house. Squirrels cannot access roof. Never seen birds on roofline.....could nest in gutters though. BUT have not seen birds flying back and forth.
Put weather strips around windows after discovering small gray like insects (not mites)....forget what they are called but the reside in and around windows.
No fleas in yard or house.....not a pet owner.

Been bitten all year long (mild winters in GA)......started 6 mos after moving into house.

I have no solutions.......
I have a theory. Calling local exterm and entomologist. Hoping they can set sticky traps. Hopefully something will show up.
Derm is at " alost for words or advice".....go to new derm soon.

Will keep all posted if Ento or Exterm. solidifies my theory.
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replied November 5th, 2007
How many people in the household? I ask because each victim can provide clues, as to which part of the property bites might be occurring. IOW, are the bites occurring in a specific bedroom? Probably not that simple...

So you haven't fumigated. I guess you're trying to find the culprit, for exacting countermeasure, rather than "carpet bomb" approach as is so often employed in eradication efforts...whether it is cancer, bacteriological infection, or insect infestation.
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replied November 5th, 2007
2 others....wife and new born. No problems with either.
Primarily sleep in master bedroom. For a while, I thought something might be in the mattress (mites) or on the frame......dismantled bed and found nothing.
Mattress is 3 years old......white as can be (no bed bugs). As a precautionary measure, put mattress covers on.
Still getting bites.....something outside!!

I have had 2 skin/bump biopsies...nothing. No cancer. No staph infections. Derm. said something is biting me.....I am allergic to it. Sometimes the bites develop into necrotic tissue (albeit small).

Thanks for your insight....I do appreciate your efforts.
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replied November 6th, 2007
Baffling
OK... As I said, my expertise probably stops at yard spraying. But you've really got me intrigued.

I'd say you have an allergy, and not bugs, because this time of year is generally free of insects...unless they're safely ensconced in your nice, warm house. But then the wife should show some reaction, too. So this points me back to "allergy." Notice I'm looking for some fabric, or plant, and not an insect here.

Conversely, you say you're showing symptoms on parts of your body (chest, etc.) that are generally clothed and protected against accidental exposure to allergic agents.

Is there some chance you changed your bathing practices? My mom, a highly allergic person, changed to "Dove" many decades ago, and suffered an immediate allergic reaction. You might be barely reacting, so as to make diagnosis "unsimple."

The man of the house generally cleans the backyard, which should expose him to insects, animal dung, and stuff that falls out of trees. I suspect none of these, based on the seeming non-seasonality of your affliction. If you can chart variations of reaction intensity on a calendar graph, so as to show seasonality, please correct me on this point.

Furthermore, you might be eating something that is causing you to break out.

Conversely, it is noteworthy to me that your dermatologist has not solved this dilemma, which indicates a non-medical origin. After all, countless causes manifest with similar dermatological symptoms. But it's also possible the dermatologist has just "missed it." It takes TIME to solve problems like this, and today's medical practitioners offer no semblance of that, especially to young people like yourself. On this point, I commend you for taking charge of your own diagnosis.

Have you sprayed or fumigated anywhere? If so, did this temporarily alleviate (or aggravate) anything?
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replied July 26th, 2009
We had a similar problem with Bird Mites. We fumigated but are still feeling things crawling and have little bites. It feels like fleas but they are in our nose and ears and privates! They bite and it hurts. We have not found a way to get rid of them. Do you have any help or know of a specialist that can help us with this?
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replied January 17th, 2010
Bravo 123
For over a month have had red, itchy bumps mainly on torso and under arms; some at waist, a few on sides. Have eliminated bedbugs and fleas, cats are bug-free, thought it might be food but cannot tie outbreaks to any particular food. Frequency may be 1 new bump per day, to a full-boom of 12 this morning. Sometimes they even appear to re-activate after healing.
We do have lots of oak trees around here; did anybody investigate this possibility further?
Thank you.
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replied May 5th, 2012
rashes on my children
i hav 3 kids each wit 3 different rashes i brought them to the doctor he said eczama i dont believe it my oldest has a very dry red rash all ova her face neck an alittle on her stopmach my 5 yr old who suffers from servere hives has a couple little bites surounded by a big round red mark they gave her antibiotics in case of infection my 2 yr old is getting red bumps on her legs very ichey i need help figureing this out any ideas
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replied October 22nd, 2012
Mite Bites?
I have suffered with bites from some kind of bug in CA. Am fifty-one, always outdoorsy and never a problem! Every time I have been afflicted, this is the third, it was after working around oaks gardening and they came up my legs, bit my knees, groin, torso, neck, back and torso... I want to the dermatologist and she said it was fleas. However my partner who did not go in the oaks for extended periods of time, has no affliction. My friend who cleans gutters for the university has also suffered terribly! It must have something to do with the sudden Oak death doubling here in California. Put on some natural insect repellent and it seems to have curbed this! They are not at all like flea bites in location, duration or pain/itch. Do not scratch. Suffer and let them heal. Salt, tea tree, Sarnac cream and antihistamine help a lot! "Oh bother!" said Pooh!
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replied April 12th, 2013
itchy red bumps
Tim in Atlanta, did u ever figure it out & ,heal up? Ur bumps sound like mine. None on lower part of body. None lower than breasts. Derm said biopsy showed allergic reaction to bug bite. Shows up as bump, very itchy, scabs over, long time healing. 3 other people in house. Nothing on them. ?????????????????
Anita in Indiana
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replied April 12th, 2013
Tim in Atlanta, did u ever figure it out & ,heal up? Ur bumps sound like mine. None on lower part of body. None lower than breasts. Derm said biopsy showed allergic reaction to bug bite. Shows up as bump, very itchy, scabs over, long time healing. 3 other people in house. Nothing on them. ?????????????????
Anita in Indiana
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