Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How to Cure Niknik (Sand Mite) Bites

Punta Sebaring Balabac Palawan

I’ve been attacked by a colony of niknik. And it was serious.

Niknik or sand mites are tiny (almost microscopic) creatures that can be found on sandy shores and they survive through decaying plants (including mangroves and seaweeds). Niknik bites are similar to mosquito bites but differ in the gravity of the itching and swelling.

I’ve been bitten once or twice (in Puerto Princesa, Palawan) years back and I just left it as it was ‘coz it posed no harm or whatsoever. My very first encounter was not that disturbing so leaving it that way was quite ok.

And then two months ago, I was attacked by a colony of niknik from my recent trip to Punta Sebaring in Bugsuk Island (Balabac, Palawan). I was checking out the shore and its blindingly white sand  when I noticed some bite marks on my limbs. I was checking it out for about a minute and noticed that the nikniks feasted on my upper thigh area. And then I remembered my first encounter with them and forgot about the marks and carried on with the trip.

Niknik Sand Mite Bites
i.hate.niknik
After a few days, the bite marks were swollen and itchy that all I did was to scratch it really hard which probably was the silliest thing I did. Some Palawe├▒os even noticed the marks and advised me to stop my scratching delight and just bear the itch to prevent infection getting through the broken skin. They even told me some steps to alleviate the pain and the treatment afterwards. That was when I really felt the serious danger of my niknik marks.

After the trip, I scurried over the net to check out some effective means to alleviate the itch and to heal the nasty bite marks.  I also heeded some advice from my friends and got these great responses;

Try tea tree oil. At wag kamutin! - Nina

Naku! Ganyan nangyari sa office mate ko as in nagpa-doctor siya with medication. – Jerik

My derma gave me Dermovate ointment when I had it. Don’t use sulphur soap! Apply mo yung ointment twice a day. It will be gone in 3-4 days promise. Apply it in circular motion para ma-absorb ng skin. – Nix

Put honey or virgin coconut oil. Kapag nag-dry na, buy pear then rub sa areas para di magpeklat. – James

Huwag kamutin… - Cecile

Tea tree oil muna pag dry na use “hiruscar”. – Shugah

I’m really glad to have some very helpful friends but I researched some more and found some cheap and effective ways to deal with the situation. First thing was to stop scratching it and just rub it lightly to ease the irritation caused by the itch.

I found out Elinor’s site to be the most helpful of all. First things first, the bite marks should be dried up for it to heal completely, afterwards, the nitty gritty part of taking care of the dark marks on the skin was next.

Fresh Guava Leaves
Fresh Guava leaves
Guava leaves can help in preventing the spread of bacteria or infection from the bites. What I did was I boiled some freshly picked guava leaves and then waited until the water turns brownish (around 10 minutes). I mixed some lukewarm water into the mixture and soaked the affected area for about 15 minutes. I did this every day for three days and improvements were seen immediately. The niknik bite marks dried up and the itch and swelling were gone.

Guava Leaves

How To Cure Niknik Bites

How To Cure Niknik Bites

After the bites were all dried up, it will surely leave some dark marks on the affected area. I have a two-step process in dealing with this problem. First is to put some fresh calamansi on the affected area 5-10 minutes before bath. After bath, put some considerable amount of Sebo De Macho on every mark to moisturize it.

How To Cure Niknik Bites
Apply it on the affected area 5-10 minutes before bath.
Sebo De Macho
Nangangamoy sebo de macho na ang kwarto ko!
I’m still doing the ritual of calamansi- sebo de macho every day and I think it works. After two months, the marks were still there but it’s quite ok now compared to what it looked like before. It really is a tedious process but it works for me.

How To Cure Niknik Bites
After two months of religiously following the calamansi-sebo de macho tandem
So if you get attacked by these niknik creatures in the future just don’t scratch it and try to follow the steps I did. You can also prevent them feasting your flawless bod by applying insect repellent on your skin. The question is, Should I put sunscreen or insect repellent? Hmmm…

25 comments:

  1. Niknik pala tawag dyan. Buti di pa naman ako na infest nila. Most of the time meron pero maximum na mga 5 lang.

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    1. Niknik nga Katherine. Kaloka sila! Haha

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  2. What if po mga 5 months na yung marks beacuse of niknik? Are calamansi and sebo de macho still effective? Thanks!

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    1. I think so. It may still lighten the scars :)

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  3. very helpful to. last year around january ng magkaroon ako nito, wala akong makuhang helpful tips online. even wiki doesnt show the word niknik. hahah

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    1. Same here. Wala din ako nabasa online kaya gumawa ako ng sarili kong ganap. Hehe

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  4. Waah grabe yung mga kagat ng niknik sakin from Calaguas! Feb this year pa yun at grabe yung iniwan na scars! Pinabayaan ko lang kasi. Ma try nga yan sebo de macho at calamansi. Thanks for this Carla! :)

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  5. I had niknik bites when were hiking to Mt.Pulag via Akiki trail.
    After a week makati pa rin pero nag dry na and maraming dark marks na retain.
    Dapat careful na next time, wear long sleeves and apply insect repellent lotion.
    Always bring medicine (antihistamine, ibuprofen, ointment, etc).

    Thanks for this info.

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  6. gnat po english ng niknik. hehe. nakuha ko lang sa net. :)

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    1. Oohhhh. Thanks Shervin for that info :)

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  7. yan ang pinaka kalaban ko sa buhay! sobrang nakakairritate ang bites ng mga yan!!

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  8. Argh! Just got back from Punta Sebaring and I got feasted by niknik too & fire ants. Will do this.

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  9. thanks sa info. gf ko nagka gnito nung nag boracay kame we thought allergy lng til snbi ng ksama nya sa work na niknik then i searched it and found ur page. thank you for the info

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  10. It's been a week now since I encoutered this very tiny insects. It gave me this very itchy marks. At first I thought I was punished by an entity, because I was noisy at an area the locals considered enchanted, or maybe this was an alergic reaction because after ten years I had taken alcohol again. Then I saw your article. Now it was clear.. Thanks for the info..

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  11. It's been a week now since I encoutered this very tiny insects. It gave me this very itchy marks. At first I thought I was punished by an entity, because I was noisy at an area the locals considered enchanted, or maybe this was an alergic reaction because after ten years I had taken alcohol again. Then I saw your article. Now it was clear.. Thanks for the info..

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    1. No worries John. Hope you're all okay now :)

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  12. Huhu meron akong gnito ngaun super kati at nagsusugat n kakakamot ko. 3weeks n akong may gnito. I hope effevtive sa akin ung tips mo. Dlawa na ung gngamit kong anti irritation and scratching products pero pag dting ng gabi sobrang kati pdin. :( nakakaiyak s sobrang kati at hapdi aftereards. :'( thanks s info

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    1. Hello Jhoanne. It's itchy talaga lalo na sa first few weeks. Pigilan mo lang sarili mo sa pag kamot para hindi mag mark :)

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  13. Is it normal na pag may gumagaling may panibago nnamang pantal? At reddish tlga sya pag nasobrahan s kamot para syang namuong dugo ang kulay.

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    1. Oh. Dapat wag mo siya kamutin Jhoanne kasi baka mainfect...

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