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Why do I have itchy spots but only around my ankle sock line?

(33 Posts)
olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 17:53:49

That's it really, I have had these spots for about three weeks now, nowhere else but on the back of my ankles, where the top of my socks is. They are VERY itchy.

Any ideas?

Littlefish Sun 20-Jan-13 17:55:07

Flea bites?

KatyMac Sun 20-Jan-13 17:56:55

New sock - allergy to the elastic
New washing powder?

willyhaschips Sun 20-Jan-13 18:02:34

definitely flea bites!

olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 18:04:04

We don't have any animals, and I can't think of the last time we went to a house that does.

I have a couple of new pairs of socks, but most of them are my usual old ones. He be always used a variety of washing powder, what ever is on offer. Maybe I should stick to one for a bit?

HousewifeFromHeaven Sun 20-Jan-13 18:04:09

Yep fleas

Fleas. My aunt had them and shes a clean freak. But it was around all their ankles where the bites were.

Littlefish Sun 20-Jan-13 18:28:39

We have never had any animals, but we somehow managed to get a house infestation of fleas!

lljkk Sun 20-Jan-13 19:17:57

fleas at work or somewhere else you go to reguarly?

Mind, my worst bites at the moment are on hip, rib and chest. Arrrgh.

KerryKetosis Sun 20-Jan-13 19:19:26

yep fleas. Jumping up from a carpet.

Nagoo Sun 20-Jan-13 19:19:27

First thought fleas, but if I get ingrown hairs after epilation that's where I get them,

lljkk Sun 20-Jan-13 19:20:07

I'm afraid this really does sound like fleas, especially the fact that the bites are only around your sock line. I once lived in a rented house where there were no animals but there was a flea infestation.

olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 19:50:11

Oh bugger! So ,how do I find out where they're coming from? Our carpets were new and we don't have pets. Does that mean they've come in from somewhere on someone? And how come its only me? Trying to think if I've been in anyone else's house.

And what do I do about it?

olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 19:51:59

He'll, bed bugs? So, bed and carpets are only 5 months old, as is the house! Aaaaaargh!

PrideOfChanur Sun 20-Jan-13 19:54:04

Yes,another vote for fleas! But I think more likely to be animal fleas than human,in which case do they not find human blood unsuitable and die??

DewDr0p Sun 20-Jan-13 19:55:23

I think fleas more likely. Sorry OP.

They don't always bite everyone, some people seem to be more tasty than others. If the carpets and furniture are all new then it can't be a full infestation, just a few hardy little buggers.

OnlyWantsOne Sun 20-Jan-13 19:58:17

Yep fleas.

Get the council to come and spray. Cost me £150 when I moved into a house who had left it full of fleas. Yuck.

Hoover lots.

bamboozled Sun 20-Jan-13 19:59:40

Fleas - sorry -

hzgreen Sun 20-Jan-13 20:00:29

If you're unlucky enough to be tasty to a flea (like me) it may only be one or two biting you multiple times. I have often been bitten up to six times by one flea so it could be a random one that you have picked up from somewhere. If you want to trat your house though just in case I would recommend indorex, we used it during a nasty infestation last year and it cleared everything up instantly.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 20-Jan-13 20:03:44

Years ago DH had flea bites like you describe, but I had none. Eventually he bit the bullet and raised it with colleagues and it turns out they were all being bitten too. His work had to close to clear the infestation. Any chance you could be being bitten at work or somewhere else that you go?

Speedos Sun 20-Jan-13 20:09:42

I disagree with most of the posters as I've had this and mine was definately an allergic reaction to new socks. We have no carpet in our house or pets.

olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 20:14:54

Hmmm, lots to think about here. I am baffled, I have to say. How can tiny little things leave great big spots like these? They are almost so big thy are kind of joined together.

So, god knows where they are. We have hard floors downstairs, but carpets upstairs, but how would they have got there? Actually ,not sure I want to know!

Littlefish Sun 20-Jan-13 21:21:01

We had hard floors downstairs and carpets upstairs the same as you. When we had our infestation, I can only think that one of us brought a couple home in our clothes from somewhere.

olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 21:25:03

Oh balls, guess I will have to go and get some sort of spray then. Where do you get it from? A pet shop or a hardware shop?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 20-Jan-13 21:29:05

Go to a vets and ask for the decent stuff.

Anything from the supermarket won't work.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 20-Jan-13 21:30:27

However, you might want to double check it at the GP first.
It might be an allergic thing

olivo Sun 20-Jan-13 21:34:41

Thanks. Will check it out tomorrow.

Startail Sun 20-Jan-13 21:38:58

Have you been getting cold, damp or muddy or living in walking boot socks or wellies. DD1 came out in a horrid spotty rash on the bottom of her legs after soggy week in Wales.

sashh Mon 21-Jan-13 04:33:33

I got bitten in a cinema.

Cat fleas (the only ones I know about) can sort of hibernate if they are not near a cat, when you walk around is when you wake them up and they bite.

digerd Mon 21-Jan-13 09:55:08

I had itchy spots on the inside of my ankle, GP said they were not bites from any insects. Didn't know why. They still come and go at times. I wear knee length socks , cotton rich. It flairs up mainly at night when I take the socks off and get worse in the night under duvet. He said they were not Bed Bugs bites, and I should leave my ankles outside the duvet - in the winter as heat makes it worse. Don't do that!

Eglantyne Mon 21-Jan-13 10:01:00

I got flea bites round my ankles in a cinema once. And also from getting a lift from someone whose car was full of dog hair! They take ages to go down, so it doesn't mean you have them in your house, unless you are getting new bites.

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