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#41754 - 07/07/01 02:02 PM sandflies  
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I am traveling down in August and hear that the sandflies are really bad. Is there any secret to fighting them off?

#41755 - 07/07/01 03:10 PM Re: sandflies  
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Baby oil. Teeth that fly drown before they can least that is the theory!


#41756 - 07/07/01 05:38 PM Re: sandflies  
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Sounds dumb but,Cheepo sun tan lotion , the greasier the better. My favourite is the NO-AD , sold at wal mart..Good sun protection and the flying teeth drown in it before they can bite.Really works, try it!

#41757 - 07/07/01 06:07 PM Re: sandflies  
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There are places in Belize where the sandflies can be really terrible, but I've never found Ambergris Caye to be one of them (at least not in areas most people are likely to go.) For one thing, beaches are raked often which helps kill the eggs.

DEET helps, anything oily on the skin also helps, but when they're really bad (as in at certain times in Hopkins when they come in through the screens and under the doors and cover the room) NOTHING helps.

--Lan Sluder

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#41758 - 07/08/01 09:41 AM Re: sandflies  
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Marty Offline
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Here's a li'l info...

#41759 - 07/09/01 09:43 AM Re: sandflies  
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The very last day of my 10 day vacation, I venture to the WAY north of the island for a pic-nic. The first half of the day was great. No bites. Then we had a downpour for about 30 minutes. After that, the sun came back out and I got eaten alive. There were some sand flies, but I think I got attacked by no-see-ums. The were ATTRACTED by the Deep Woods Off!!!!!!!! I can only assume that these were no-see-ums, but they sure have left some unsightly scars all over my arms and legs. Grey blotches, that have never gone away. I'm just sick about it. Any suggestions on how to lighten these scars???? and NO... I did NOT scratch them until they bled. I had tons of benedryl cream and kept the scratching at a minimum.
HELP!!!! [Linked Image]

#41760 - 07/09/01 10:07 AM Re: sandflies  
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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It's possible that you have leishmaniasis, which is transmitted by some (not all) sandflies in Belize, Honduras and elsewhere in Central America. See below. Or it could be just a strong reaction to the bites. That's the more likely case, but it's worth having it checked. Only a doctor, preferably someone with tropical medicine training, will know for sure if it is leishmaniasis.

Here is an excerpt from my book, Guide to Mainland Belize, on the subject.

--Lan Sluder

>>Some people arenít much bothered by sandflies (aka sandfleas or no-see-ums). Some are. .... Quite a few travelers go home with ugly bites. If that happens to you, see your doctor who can prescribe an ointment which usually will quickly take care of the bites. However, a more serious problem which can be caused by the bites of sandflies is leishmaniasis, a disease which may cause the skin to develop sores, leaving scars. In some cases, it can be a serious health problem. If infections from sandfly bites donít seem to heal, seek out a tropical medicine specialist.

Lan Sluder/Belize First
#41761 - 07/09/01 06:34 PM Re: sandflies  
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To fade the spots try using Alpha Hydrox products from the grocery/drugstore. They are in white and red packaging. I use these for my skin, and love them. I think they have a fade cream, which would probably be what you are looking for. They also have a body lotion if you can't find the cream-most stores don't have it [Linked Image]

Good luck!

#41762 - 07/10/01 09:19 AM Re: sandflies  
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Debbie Offline
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Lan and Bad Kitty,
Thank you so much for the informationa and the recommendations. This has been deeply troubling for me, and I didn't know what to think. I will do some research on the condition mentioned above and will definately try the alpha hydroxy. I'm willing to try anything as I have nearly a hundred of these little grey scars.
Are these no-see-ums a burrowing organism? Do they burrow under the skin like the chiggers in the US, or is it just a topical bite? Thanks again to both of you!!!

#41763 - 07/10/01 10:44 AM Re: sandflies  
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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A couple good sources on it on the Web are

The first is a World Health Organization site, and the second is a site devoted to the disease in Central and South America.

I would suggest that you visit a tropical medicine specialist ... just in case.

--Lan Sluder

Lan Sluder/Belize First
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