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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Itchy scratchy leg

Hello. Look away if you are the sensitive type who does not want to see oodles of bare flesh. I am flashing my flabby thigh, to show a red blotch that has suddenly appeared. It looks suspiciously like a flea bite, oh my. I know it is not from my cats, they were treated recently, any flea that lands on them will die. 
I strongly suspect that it was from the unknown black cat that visits daily. I don't think it was Micky's flea because I noticed last week that he had a wet patch on the back of his neck, which indicates that he had a spot on treatment, so I am blaming the unknown cat.

Yesterday I sat outside and the suspect was giving me a lot of attention, rubbing itself around my legs, I think it likes it here. I had a skirt on because it was so hot. Maybe that's when it happened.

I think extra security measures are called for, the back door will stay closed and I will only open it when I am working in close proximity to it, or my cats want to go in or out of the house. I think I will take a photo of the cat on my tablet and check with the neighbours to find out where it lives.

I'm off to town to deliver the stuff to the charity shop, hope Age UK want it. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip


27 comments:

  1. Ooh that looks sore! To me though it looks more like an insect bite than flea bite. Pre-treatment cat wise, we once had an outbreak of fleas and their bites looked different to yours.

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  2. Its a bite off something thats for sure and I know that the more you scratch,the worse it gets.When I get anything like this it drives me mad and it seems that women get them more than men,for some reason.When we use to go to Spain for our holidays,years ago with groups of friends,it was always the girls that got the mossie bites and never the men.I always use just a smear of vaseline and redo it every couple of hours.It seems to work for me and stops the itching.xx

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  3. Ooh, I bet that's going to itch like blazes!

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  4. Make a paste of baking soda/water and/or apply some witch hazel on the spot. Grab some topical cortizone if the itch is maddening. Off brands are usually available (at least here in the USA) even at the dollar store/pound shop

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  5. In the garden the other evening I got bitten twice on my lower leg despite wearing trousers; looked just kike your bite but later leg swelled up and felt really hot and bruised; then I got bitten on my toes same thing happenen as sooooo itchy nearly drove me mad (well madder) with all my other pain and ailments it was enough. I think your bite was probably from a mossie not a flea bite. I have four cats and treated every month with advocate and I have not had any troubkle xx

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  6. It could be a mosquito bite. Don't jump to conclusions, poor visiting kitty, "Innocent until proved guilty".:-) I don't know what treatment you use on your cats, some have recently proved to be ineffective, and some protect the cat whilst others protect the cat and have an effect on the cat's bedding. It could also be one that has hatched out from an egg, remaining dormant since last year. If your visitor is scratching like crazy and constantly licking his fur furiously, then he may be the culprit.
    For you, there are creams which will take the itch away.

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  7. I'm not sure that is a cat flea bite, looks more like a mossie type of bite to me.

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  8. Here in the US a spray called "Ivy Dry" is excellent for stopping the itching. It's for poison ivy, but works well on itchy bites, too.

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  9. That does look sore, I've never seen a flea bite look so angry. Hope the itching ceases soon.

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  10. just get it confirmed that its not a tick bite...

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  11. I'd say it was a horse fly bite - they can get really big and are SO itchy (don't scratch it whatever you do). Flea bites are very small - itchy it's true, but nothing like that.

    I have had lots of horse fly bites down the years, so you have my sympathy. A freezer pack on them helps reduce the itch. You used to be able to get something called Waspeze, but of course, it worked really well and so they took it off the market . . .

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    1. Having looked at an enlargement of the picture, I'm inclined to agree. It's far too big and angry for a flea bite, could well be a horse fly or some other quite large insect.

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  12. Ouch! We get lots of flying, gnatty, unspecified things when we've had warm weather and then thunderstorms (we live in the corner of a field so long grass etc). I dab on TCP and then germoline. It is horrible when bitten so my sympathies.

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    1. Yes, I use both of those, seems to do the trick.

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  13. It could be any kind of insect bite, but it could also be a heat lump which is just a blocked sweat gland. For now put a cold compress on it, and then go to the pharmacist to get it checked out. Hydrocortisone cream is one pound something and works (for both conditions) very quickly - like within a few hours.

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  14. I once had a spider bite, which looked similar. I went to the Doctor (there had been some concern with spider bites on the radio), and he said I needed to take a course of antibiotics, so did.

    --is yours itchy? tender? sore? got a head sort of ?

    also, it could be a hive..yes even sometimes one gts just one. If it is close to where the kitty was rubbing you, maybe kitty had something on him you're allergic to? Eaten anything new?

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  15. Evening Ilona

    Oooo….. that looks nasty - what ever it is. Just hope it clears up quickly for you. I know tea tree oil is good for bites etc.,

    Hope 'Age UK' was able to take your charity bag in.


    Have a good evening and hopefully getting some sleep.


    Carol

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    1. Hello Carol. Age UK were very pleased with the four large boxes of mainly glasses plus other things. Their shop gets very busy because they keep their prices low. They always want donations.

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  16. Defo not a flea bite

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  17. Piriton will take the inflammation down very quickly or any hayfever treatment

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  18. Looks itchy and sore. A family remedy is a regular dab with cider vinegar. Fights any infection and reduces inflammation. Age UK is a great charity. They have a minibus local to me and volunteers do lovely trips out for the olds.

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  20. Hi,
    I read your post about painting rocks and leaving them for people to see. You said that you are not painting more as they had disappeared, maybe taken. I was reading another blog A FUN AND FRUGAL LIFE and they paint rocks for people to keep or hide somewhere else. They take a photo of rock and post to a Facebook page to see where they go. They write on back of rock for people to keep rock or hide it for someone to find. I thought you might be interested. I enjoy reading your posts. Ann

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    1. Thank you for that Ann. If you go back to that post you will see I replied to a comment from a reader about keeping rocks or leaving them for someone else to find. To save you looking, here it is.....

      Hi. There is a Facebook group for painted rock fans.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1840242882913721/about/

      It says when you find a rock you can leave it where it is, move it to another place so someone else can find it, or keep it. They do say that it is unfair to sweep up lots of rocks, and people who do that will be barred from the group.

      I thought the idea was to relocate them so someone else has the fun of finding them.

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  21. I put Vicks Vaporub (mentholatum) and get almost instant relief. Plus, nothing else bites.

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  22. and so....how is the bite doing? been wondering if it petered out, or came to be something of more worry? (see, we all do worry about you....)

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  23. ah, don't blame the cat ! I've recently started work on an allotment and had a few bites like yours, the damp humid weather has brought out the gnats.

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