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  • Somebody save me/croc wearers beware!

    I know a lot of groomers, myself included wear crocs. Well, the other day I was walking my dogs, not paying attention and suddenly felt a stinging. Ahhh I stepped in or near a fire ant hill and about 6 or 7 got in my shoe and bit me repeatedly!!

    Does anybody have a remedy? I have some useless after bite stuff and some almost useless hydrocortisone cream. I've also tried ice and I have no aloe here, I need to go get myself one. I've about skinned all 5 toes on that foot. I think now I know how poor doggies with fleas must feel, I'm miserable and its just on one foot. I've been bitten before but not a mess of bites all in one spot.

  • #2
    OUCH!!!

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    • #3
      Take a benadryl and what you would need is a 2% hydracortizone cream. That does the trick. I got eaten alive by sand flys last summer and went to the hospital it was so bad. The doc told me the 1% is useless.
      Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.- Richard Carlson

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      • #4
        A couple of remedies people seem to swear by; meat tenderizer or bleach.

        Make a paste of meat tenderizer and water and apply. Or apply bleach for one minute, then wash it off.

        Another remedy that I've used for bee stings that works really well. Mud. Especially if you have a lot of clay in your soil.

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        • #5
          My mom used to make a soak bath with oatmeal (Aveeno brand in the bathing isle is good), then put on calamine lotion.

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          • #6
            I keep Comphophanic handy

            Try camphophanic (SP)--it takes the hurt out of most bug bites

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            • #7
              Do you have any Micro Tek Stop Itch Spray? I worked great for a bee sting and has soothed the itching from mosquito bites.

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              • #8
                Thanks guys, I'll have to go get some stuff to be prepared for next time. lol Now the itching isn't as bad, but I tore my foot up scratching so its all scabby.

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                • #9
                  Not kidding

                  Use Preparation H
                  A few months ago my feet started itching like crazy. After some research I found out it was Chilblains. Your toes and bottoms of the feet hurt and get red sores on them, the itching is maddening. I tried several so called remedies and then was told to use Prep H and it actually worked. Can't hurt to try it.
                  Tzugroomr

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                  • #10
                    I know this is going to sound odd... but sit on the counter, hang your feet in the sink and pour amonia on them. I am alllergic to ant bites and I always get the largest puss filled marks. My allergist is the one who told me to do this. It stops the itching and they don't get big or fill :-)

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                    • #11
                      i got nothing for ya! lol well except what i already told you at hair's party....thou you may have been too, well, you know, loopy to remember!rofl.....but you've just gotta luv those fireants! not! alot of the lawnguys down here pour gas on their fireant bites. they swear it works instantly. but what proper girl would want to smell like gasoline.yuck! i think i'll try the amonia next time. next time i go in my back yard that is. cause right now there's lots. although i did just spray yesterday. i wonder if the amonia stings.

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                      • #12
                        I'm going to make a list of all these things, the cashiers at walmart are going to think I'm making a chemical bomb or something. lol

                        Amonia and bleach, I'll have to try those on separate occasions. lol Actuatlly the after bite stick is just ammonia in an applicator. I would've bought the regular ammonia if I knew thats all it was.

                        Thankfully it hasn't itched for a few hours now, and you can bet I watch where I'm going when I walk the dogs now. :P

                        Oh, and Helly had a valid point about crocs. Today I went to give a boarder (pit bull) some water and stuck my foot in front of her when she tried jumping out of the cage and she bit it! How rude, luckily for me, not for her, she's 22 years old and her jaw isn't as strong as it was in her youth. Oh, and I was using the same foot that got covered in bites.

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                        • #13
                          I almost forgot...

                          Goldiphlox, I remember you saying that, I was actually sobering up at the time, just a little tipsy.

                          I doubt I'll try that because in addition to the smell, have you seen the price of gas? I'm not about to waste it to pour on my foot!

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                          • #14
                            Soak your foot in a water bath with corn starch. It's always worked for me and my dog.
                            Becky

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                            • #15
                              I won't ever buy another pair of crocs. They are absolutely useless to me.
                              I have slipped and fallen on my rear, one too many times.
                              So, I went online and found the "Muck Boot Company". These are great! It took about a week for my feet to get use to them. They are more expensive than crocs. But, no water gets in them and I have not slipped since I got them (4 months ago).

                              I'm sorry about your unpleasantries with the ants! Benadryl lotion, Calamine, Aloe vera gel are all very good suggestions.

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