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    Unhappy Blandford Fly bite???

    Was visiting family down by Peterborough this weekend and while sitting in the garden on Sunday felt a pin-pr1ck on the inside of my forearm which was propping me up on the grass (other arm was engaged with a pint glass of something golden and hoppy, recently drawn from a pin barrel of Castor Ales' finest...)

    Looked down and could see something biting me. Winged, but definitely not a midge, mosquito or cleg and as I swiped it off I thought it most resembled a small (~3mm), fat, black-coloured fly with visible banding on its abdomen.

    Anyway, since then it's been getting increasingly itchy and swollen and today it's bl00dy louping with the usual hydrocortisone cream not really hitting the spot! Never one to miss an opportunity for some Google-diagnosis I am now pretty certain I've been whacked by a Blandford Fly, which I was dimly aware of after reading the label of (and drinking, obviously) the Badger beer named in its honour.

    Anyone else had the dubious pleasure? And, more importantly, what would you recommend as treatment before I resort to chewing my arm off??

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    He only thing I've found that helps with the itching from any bite is to take a Hayfever tablet.
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    That is because it contains antihystemines!

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    I understand that something in ginger that helps (which is why it's in the beer you mention seemingly)
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    One of my favourite beers for a summer afternoon, that one!
    Daft as they sound, have you tried one of those electric shock clickers? They're more of a distraction than a genuine cure, but it's less brutal thab scratching the skin until you bleed!
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    I took an antihystamine earlier and that has taken the edge off. However, think it might be wise to go out and get 6 bottles of the beer just to be on the safe side!

    seriously though I'm glad there's none of the wee sods up here. It's a bloody painful bite. Worse than a cleg I'd say.

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    Sounds like a horse fly to me. I had one bite me on the crack of my arse the other day whilst skinning a deer for a client. That was the only bit of exposed skin while I was bent over. Don't scratch it.

    Horsefly bite

    Sometimes people talk about a horsefly sting. But a horsefly doesn’t sting, it bites. What do you have to do right after a horsefly bite to alleviate the pain and reduce the swelling?
    • Cool the area of the horsefly bite with a wet cold washcloth, a coolpack or some ice cubes in a washcloth.
    • Disinfect the bitten area by washing thoroughly with water and soap or treat it with (for example) alcohol. Disinfecting with vinegar is also an option.
    • Keep an eye on the bitten area for a few days. There’s a small chance a bacterial infection might occur. If the area stays red or you see little yellow crusts, then go see your general practitioner.
    • Treat the area with special medication. Your pharmacy sells several treatments for insect stings and horsefly bites.
    • Take an anti-allergy tablet (e.g. one you use for hay fever) to reduce the itching and allergic reactions

    Horsefly bite treatment

    It’s of the utmost importance to act quickly in case of a horsefly bite, as described above. Cooling and disinfecting should be applied immediately after the bite. Using special treatment like After-Bite is even better. These special treatments are specifically meant to alleviate the effects of horsefly bites, insect bites and insect stings. If you plan on visiting an area where you know will be lots of horseflies, be sure to bring an After-Bite pen.

    To reduce the risk of getting bitten by a horsefly, you could consider placing a horsefly trap.Horsefly bite symptoms

    Symptoms of a horsefly bite: a horsefly bite causes thick red and painfully itching skin. Horseflies can cause bacterial infections. If the skin continues to stay red and swollen or if there keeps coming out moist, then keep an extra eye on it. Wash the area thoroughly twice a day with water and soap or disinfect it with alcohol. If the situation doesn’t improve then go see your general practitionerHorsefly

    A horsefly belongs to the sanguivorous insects. Read more information about horseflies at Horsefly.


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    +1 for antihistamines, and easy on the ale with them!

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    This little bugger has put folks in hospital if /when you get a bit it swells and is very hot and if nr a joint is very painful and as you say itches way down so much so that the more you scratch the more it continues to give pain !! never itch or break the skin it will get infected use a anti Anthisan cream seems work well if its nr the throat or eyes consult your doctor.
    i only know this as my sister in law is a nurse and she told me about the damage this can cause .i have been hit twice and the first one was in the armpit F**** was if painful. 2nd on the arm and it swelled up like a balloon , piriton also helps.

    ps def not a gee gee fly but the small black bugger [ look this up]Minute Pirate Bugs Little Bug with a Big Bite

    Last edited by paul o'; 07-08-2014 at 08:01.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul o' View Post
    This little bugger has put folks in hospital if /when you get a bit it swells and is very hot and if nr a joint is very painful and as you say itches way down so much so that the more you scratch the more it continues to give pain !! never itch or break the skin it will get infected use a anti Anthisan cream seems work well if its nr the throat or eyes consult your doctor.
    i only know this as my sister in law is a nurse and she told me about the damage this can cause .i have been hit twice and the first one was in the armpit F**** was if painful. 2nd on the arm and it swelled up like a balloon , piriton also helps.

    ps def not a gee gee fly but the small black bugger [ look this up]Minute Pirate Bugs – Little Bug with a Big Bite
    Yeah just looked again and missed the part about it being 3mm, lot smaller than horse fly

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