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home now - itchy bumps still occuring

Posted by grasshopper322 on 2/1/2010 at 14:17

Just finished a 6 week tour of Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Starting getting itchy bumps on my skin in Laos...not mosquitos - just small hard glossy bumps that then turn a bit dark - then new ones appear - any ideas? Not wearing or sleeping in anything from trip.

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Posted by SBE on 2/1/2010 at 19:00

Were you on any beaches? Sounds like sandfly bites to me. Do a google for sandfly bite pictures and see if your bumps looks similar. Sandflies are tiny, like midges and you don't notice they've bitten you straight away. Try not to scratch too much as the bumps tend to ooze pus and go septic.

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Posted by MADMAC on 3/1/2010 at 10:57

Could also be some sort of skin mite (like Chiggers back in the states). If it persists, you might want to check with a dermatologist to get to the bottom of it.

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Posted by grasshopper322 on 4/1/2010 at 06:26

I went to the doctor as the bumps were spreading - guess what I contracted overseas....scabies...I suspect from bedding at a homestay since I didn't have any "close and constant" physical contact with anyone except my boyfriend. Off to the pharmacy to get a special lotion that stays on for 12 hours - that should take care of the pesty little buggers. And then rewashing everything in the hottest water possible. I hope none of my fellow travelers suffer the same fate - certainly not a serious problem but quite annoying.

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Posted by Tilapia on 5/1/2010 at 21:46


You could have become infested while sitting or standing next to, and having direct contact with, someone on a bus or even in a crowded market if the person who you got them from was highly contageous. People with really bad infestations of "Norwegian" scabies are very contageous because the sores become crusty and flake off, and there are loads of mites in the exfoliating scales. Prolonged contact is not always necessary.

It is possible that transmission occured via infested bedding. If that is what happened, it would be because the bedding wasn't washed between uses. A strong argument for bringing one's own bedsheet(s) to homestays and other places on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.

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Posted by dagardiners on 5/1/2010 at 23:52

*laugh* oh the memories. i picked up a few hitch-hiking scabies while in Nepal. I couldn't fathom what was happening as i could feel them but couldn't see what was biting me! after a few days i was quite convinced i was going mad...i believe the LP guide clued me in to the source of my madness and a visit to a pharmacy somewhere along the Annapurna trek fixed the problem with some horrid rose-smelling cream. traveling certainly has it's moments. :)

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Posted by grasshopper322 on 6/1/2010 at 01:37

It was definitely a strange feeling...the cream I got was not stinky and has seemed to work. What was quite frustrating was that my boyfriend kept telling me...just don't scratch and they'll go away....duh,,,they won't just go away and when your palms and knuckles itch like crazy....hard to scratch. They would never prevent me from travel again though, I would just take the cream with me.

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