Bug bites?!?! – General Travel Questions Dominican Republic – Debbie's Carribean Reviews Forums

heatherly30 2007-05-09 12:19:33 UTC #1

I arrived home one week ago today from Punta Cana, Melia Caribe. Most incredible time of my life! However, while I was there I got 6-10 little bug bites on my leg. Small little red bumps. They didn’t bother me too much. Now one week later, those small bumps have grown into larger boil type bumps, and if this is possible, have spread all over my lower legs, feet, arms and hands. I am itching so bad I can hardly stand it. I feel fine, excpet for the itching. Anyone experience this, or heard of such a thing.

lin7604 2007-05-09 13:27:38 UTC #2

well if it’s the same as i had it’s from the no seeums in the sand! I got 4 large welts on my face in Jan, on my face of all places while lying on the beach in my chair ( face down in the chair) the one day we spent on the beach! otherwise we are pool people buti can’t go to p.c. and not spend one full day on the beach, right! I have gotten them before in the mayan too and they were really bad, all over my legs HUGE welts and so ITCHY!!! mine were probally the size of a toonie, thias year on my face they were the size of a loonie!

bmnichol 2007-05-09 15:55:42 UTC #3

I get them too. They first showed up on me in Cayo Coco, Cuba. I also got a couple while in Thailand. Last year in Puerto Plata I think I got a couple and four weeks ago in Puerto Plata I came home with more unwanted souvenirs. When I sit on the beach, I make sure my legs are up on the lounger. Next time I am going to experiment with sunscreen and bug repellant mixed. Sunscreen first, if that doesn’t work, I’m going to spray bug spray over the top of the sunscreen. Take benedryl for the itch.

sqiggly 2007-05-09 18:28:50 UTC #4

Itchy Itchy! I just returned from the Victoria at the end of April and the little suckers were even biting at the pool bars. One lady at the resort needed to head over to the clinic for a shot of antihistamine and cream. No-see-ems at not fun!

Mine too were not so bad until I returned home. Began taking benedryl and baking soda baths – so… much better!

I too will be trying Deep Woods Off next year! Last year I only received a bite or two during my two week stay.

hula 2007-05-09 18:33:47 UTC #5

they never bother me but my husband gets bit all over his ankles…yes he wears bug spray…i think they are attracted to the soap and shampoo he uses as he only gets bit at night…

suzyq 2007-05-09 23:14:19 UTC #6

My daughter and I had many bug bites years ago and the welts to go with – husband never got one. Went to Dr. while on vacation and got cream and pills. Locals told us to put 151 rum on the bites (not open sores) and it stops the itch – worked better than the cream. Since then always use bug spray and reapply during the day and definitely at night. We never use perfume or cologne as that can attract the bugs.

myshel418 2007-05-10 00:05:20 UTC #7

my kids and I returned home on April 19 from Puerto Plata and were covered in those bites, but…2 days after being home they kept appearing, does anyone think its possible that we brought the no see-ums home with us??? Also a girl we met while away went to the Dr. when she got home and he told her that the red bumps were a staph infection from the water in the pool, some people are suscetible and other aren’t. All I know is they eventually went away, and I noticed that we got most if not all of the bites on a cloudy rainy day.

travelling 2007-05-10 12:30:40 UTC #8

Some people are more susceptible to mosquitos, no see-ums etc. I must be really sweet because they just LOVE me (fair skin, redhead…)- in fact my husband jokes that’s why he married me- to keep the bugs off of him! Seriously though, the best advice I have is while on vacation in the DR, use repellant first thing in the morning (I apply right after my shower, from the knee down), and as soon as the sun starts to go down. Some people do not notice these pests as a lot of the resorts spray for them, but those who have suffered the bites- I feel for you! Also, if you do get a bite, and leave it alone, most will go down right away- if you scratch them until they bleed or are an open sore, that’s when you’re headed for trouble! Use a product with Deet in it if you are not allergic, and stay away from the “scented” repellents- they have not worked for me here (ie: Off had a floral one and it just doésn’t work for me!).

Don’t let a few pesky bugs ruin your vacation- protect yourself!

system 2007-05-10 13:47:56 UTC #9

If these bites start on the ankles or legs they may be caused from sand flies… An application of 20% Deet has less then 10 minutes of protection from them biting you. However if the Deet contains MR-08 then the time line is extended by 200X. Also it can take anywhere from four to twenty-five days for the bites and swelling to appear. As for myshel418’s question about if they can come home with you the answer is yes. The sand flies love hot and humid places to be in and so your luggage would be an excellent place for them to be in. If you put something in your luggage that is even the slightest bit wet and somehow you have them on you then they might have a free trip back to your place of residence

snush 2007-05-10 20:15:56 UTC #10

Pardon my ignorance, but are no see ums the same as sand flies?

snowbunny 2007-05-10 20:23:12 UTC #11

Yup… as far as I know… The Buggers >:(

hlywud 2007-05-10 21:03:35 UTC #12

No-see-ums are tiny biting flies that often live near water. You often see many of them swarming together in a cloud. Keep your mouth shut or you might breathe some in or swallow them! (It won’t hurt you, but it will probably make you cough.) Biting midges are called no-see-ums because they’re so tiny that it is hard to see ‘um. No-see-ums are less than 1/32 of an inch long.

Sand Fleas or chigoe

A small tropical flea, 1/50 of an inch long , the fertilized female of which burrows under the skin of animals and humans, causing intense irritation and sores that may become severely infected.
Also known as chiggers small, six-legged larvae of mites of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on insects, humans, and other vertebrates. The chigger’s bite produces a welt that is usually accompanied by severe itching, chiggers burrow most of the way in, feeds, and lays eggs. Three or four days later the eggs hatch and new fleas are born. These chiggers go through a complete life cycle in about seventeen days, so a minor nuisance can soon become a major invasion. Ethyl chloride spray will kill these l’il devils.

A good Topical Anesthetic Cream works wonders, see your Doctor for a script for the best solution to use.

travelling 2007-05-10 22:26:39 UTC #13

Great info guys! Thanks for distinguishing the difference between the critters! No- what can you do to distinguish THEM—-for GOOD???

Oh well, if there’s one thing I have learned- no matter where you live there are pests!

snowbunny 2007-05-10 23:31:47 UTC #14

Thankx for clarification, Dr.Wud ;D

All I know is… you cant see um…and they bite 😮 😮

pamanddavid 2007-05-11 01:34:33 UTC #15

Has any tried the Skins So Soft stuff from Avon? Some ppl swear by it around here for bugs & mosquitos, any have any luck in DR with it?

cherryfan 2007-05-11 12:41:13 UTC #16

Yes – it works for me. I use Avon Skin So Soft (soft and fresh – green bottles)from first thing in the morning to last thing at night (body wash) when I am in the DR, also I use the dry oil as an after sun. Stay clear of perfume. I also take a couple of weeks of garlic capsules and also vit B before I go on hol. I always suffered really badly in the past with large welts appearing especially on my legs. Would be agony and stopped me sleeping with the itching, but now hardly get a nip! Even my cynical husband now does the same!!!

electra 2007-05-11 15:21:30 UTC #17

Using skin so soft after you shower etc sounds like a good idea. I have tried it and it does work against bitting insects but I find that OFF Skintastic is the ticket. I purchase the spray so that I can spray the corner of the room (if I suspect mosquitos in the room), I can spray the linen etc.
I certainly spray some on thoroughly before I go out for dinner in the evening as mosquitos come most active around sunset. Skintastic has 7% DEET and I have found this to be enough for most applications. Be sure to wash your hands after use and avoid getting it on plastics (your camera!), glasses etc. The sent is not too bad either!

bobfromcanada 2007-05-11 22:32:06 UTC #18

Spraying the corners of the room won’t help. Deet is not a repellent as such. It merely scrambles up the mosquitos’ ability to sense the carbon dioxide you breathe out. If she can’t find you, she can’t bite you. Maybe you should learn how to mimic a male mosquito sound and scare her away … ;D

islander7 2007-05-23 13:28:08 UTC #19

Yes,they are sand flea bites.I first got them in Cayo Coco and they got much itchier when I arrived home to the colder climate.Last year in Holquin,I made sure to bring Calamine & take Benadryl.This really helped & was hardly bothered at all when I got home.They seem to like certain skin types better than others,as I was the only one that got affected.The mosquitos love me too,so I must have really sweet skin!!lol

system 2007-05-23 15:22:03 UTC #20

Where do you find Ethyl chloride spray Wud? Under what brand names??

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