Ruth - Re Thread 33160

Submitted: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 14:06
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Hi Ruth,

Have just returned from a visit to Dalhousie Springs and have a different slant on the Itchy Bite theory.

We visited Dalhousie and had a dip in the Springs, (but did not traverse the Simpson by vehicle) and can report none of our party has experienced the Itchy Bite phenomenon.

Could it be the result of Sand Flies or similar, that may have caused the bites or rash?

We found a dip in the Springs to be very refreshing, with no "after effects".
Just loved the feeling of being nibbled on by the tiny fish that live in the water.
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:22

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 15:22
Maaate, you orta try the nibbles of the fish that live in my local swimming spot !!
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 18:12

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 18:12
Hey SandMan, how are you both? (No, I don't mean you've got a split personality - LOL).
No, definitely not sandflies - but in an earlier post yesterday (I think) someone else had a refreshing dip in the Springs with no ill effect.
Possibly only affects those with some sort of sensitivity (no, Sand Man, I am not suggesting you are insensitive - LOL again).
Glad you enjoyed the trip.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:45

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:45
Evening Ruth,

Cold as, here tonight, with big wind(outside, that is!). A mate said it's snowing in Katoomba.

When I first read about the bites, at Dalhousie, sounded like duck lice to me. Had the same problem up in the Gregory River. But you only seem to get "hit" if you sit near the water's edge, or on the bank, with feet in the water. The latter can have most uncomfortable results!!!!

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Follow Up By: 100TD - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 22:21

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 22:21
we also were up thre 2 weeks ago and had several dips in dalhousie and none of us (9 people) had any problems even my better half who has very sensitive skin(didnt like the fish nibbling on her legs though!!!)cheers Paul
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 00:44

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 00:44
Hi Ruth,

We are both very well thanks and sort of sated after the trip, although they are never long enough.

Camping at the Algebackina Waterhole, brought back memories of our time down the back corner by the Diamantina River at your Caravan Park and also the Cullyamurra Waterhole on Cooper Creek.

Must plan another trip to Birdsville and Innamincka.

Cheers,
Bill & Bev.
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Reply By: DP - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:56

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 21:56
G'day SandMan,
a friend recently returned from that region , and had a dip in the springs also.
Whilst he was unbitten, his wife had many bites that they too assumed came from the spirings as they developed very soon after.
It could be a bit like Mosquitoes who just can't get enough of some bloodtypes and leave others alone... just another theory!

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 00:52

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at 00:52
Hi Dan,

An interesting theory all the same.

We mentioned the symptoms to the Pilot and also to Adam at Oodnadatta.
Neither of them had heard of this before.

Now some young Uni Graduate could spend a year or so out there completing a post graduate thesis on the "Dalhousie Itchy Bite" cause and effect.

All humour aside, it must be a bugger for those who do develop a skin problem, which would no doubt put a dampener on their holiday experience.
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