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.
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|
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.
|Apply it on the affected area 5-10 minutes before bath.|
|Nangangamoy sebo de macho na ang kwarto ko!|
|After two months of religiously following the calamansi-sebo de macho tandem|