Monday, December 07, 2009


Ah yes, ticks! They are one of the hazards of life on the North coast of New South Wales... and on Saturday night it seems I was visited by one in bed. I have over 70 bites on my left arm, plus the ones up my back, chest and the side of my neck... I haven't found the culprit but everyone tells me these look just like "grass" tick bites.

Of course grass ticks aren't actually a species of grass-dwelling tick - they're the larval stage of some types of tick. There's no specialist treatment, just endurance of the agonising itching, albeit with the help of anti-histamine tablets (day and night), hydracortisone creams and - I've been recommended - 1 cup of Bicarbonate of Soda in a hot bath, which is next on my agenda!


Fiona and Andy said...

So not funny. And in your bed? Ughhh!!!!! M skin is crawling just to think of it.

Carol said...

Itchy is right. This must be driving you nuts. Just another hazard of our wonderful country.

Snippety Gibbet said...

Oh my heavens! I have never heard of such a thing. Yucky tick!

Ida said...

I know what you're going through Sara - we have them on the South coast too. Take care, I got quite sick after a similar attack. You are having a run of bad luck, aren't you hopefully things will turn around soon.


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