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Old 04-30-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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I moved to NC 4 years ago.

When I work in my yard, I get small bumps on my hands. About 12 hours after yardwork they appear, then they start to swell just a bit. AFter another 12 hours or so, they are quite hard, and seem to increase in number. maybe an eighth of an inch in diameter. If they get bumped, or I press on them or attempt to pop them, they flatten out, still smaller than a quarter of an inch, and get cherry red, but it don't seem to go away faster. They don't really itch, but the swelling creates a bit of pressure so the hurt a bit. Usually last 4-5 days.

I work in a library so doing storytime, checking out books and taking fines makes me conscious of how they look. I put bandaids on my hands. They don't seem at all contagious.

They are not mosquito bites or chiggers. Only ever on my hands. I don't get them anywhere but my own yard. Not walking around the neighborhood or hiking anywhere. Never had this before I move to NC.

Monday I wore gloves for a fair bit of my yardwork but it didn't help. I raked a bit, cut some branches off a dying holly tree and a hemlock. I wore the gloves when handling the holly. Moved it all to the curb for pick up.

I wasn't digging in dirt or brushing against live greens except for the hemlock which was minimal contact, and I haven't ever cut the hemlock before.

Any ideas? seems pointless to see a dermatologist because they'll just treat the symptoms. Steroid cream doesn't help, nor does bug bite remedy cream or gel. Some kind of warts maybe?

I can try bug spray on my hands, i guess. I would also consider an insecticide spray of the yard if something specific could be identified.

I had poison ivy last summer, so that has made me paranoid. I don't want to start avoiding my yard!
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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I live in Tennessee and I get the SAME thing...plus other bug bites that drive me insane with itch... AND I never see them..I put the bug deterrent on but it does NOTHING....love sitting outside in the summer and this has got me really disenchanted.....
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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Beings that they are only on your hands, and wearing gloves did not help, I don't think it is bugs.
It could be some sort of allergic reaction to something.
Not warts....warts take up residence for a long long time.
I don't think it is hives, those will go away after a few hours, but hives happen with allergic reactions.
Check webMD, they have a lot of pictures of different skin conditions. Might help you narrow it down.
Could also consider taking some benedryl (sp?) after working in the garden and see if that reduces the outbreak.

Just had a thought, don't know how it would have happened or what you can do about it, but perhaps there is fiberglass in your yard that has been broken down into micro fibers. That stuff can be nasty.
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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See a local doctor.

uh
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Chiggers.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:18 PM
 
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More than likely it is chiggers.
Get a product called "Seven" or something similiar and put it all over your lawn, it will kill a lot of the bugs that reside in your lawn.

It could also be fleas and the Seven will help with that as well.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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I grew up in NC. I've had chiggers. Chiggers love crotches, not hands! Plus they really itch, and these bumps do not. Pictures of flea bites are a really good match, but they don't pinch like fleabites I've had before, or itch afterwards.

I forgot to say, I don't have any lawn. Not one blade of grass. It's all wooded, I have planted/mulched beds or groundcover of one kind or another, interrupted by gravel walks or mulched pathways.

I would love to use insecticide, but it kills the fireflies. What kind of person kills fireflies?

Oral Benadryl might work better than Benadryl cream........esp if it is some sort of allergic reaction. I'm highly allergic to hibiscus plants, but other than that, I have no other weird allergies. I'll look that up, as well as pollen dermatitis.

Fiberglass is an interesting idea, but I agree it is unlikely. I've had fiberglass insulation bits in my skin, and that hurts.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:47 PM
 
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With the new information disregard my post, sorry.

When I was a child the chiggers loved any area of the body that was in the grass like, bare feet, ankles, calves, hands, elbows, knees, back of knees etc etc.
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