I was attacked by a catipiller!

  1. OK not really. I was on a walk and found a Woolly Bear Caterpillar (the fuzzy orange and black ones) and put it in my pocket to save for my Bearded Dragon (see the aviator). That night I woke up with a rash that looks like hives. This happened Saturday and the rash has still not gone away, any ideas on how long it will take?

    Not asking for medical advise, just wondering if on a off change that any one else has experience this...
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  3. by   sharann
    Sounds like you got more than food for your pet.Sorry never heard of it. Hope the dragon enjoys it?
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    Not sure either. Try and so some research online and see if maybe they secrete something?

    By the way, did the dragon enjoy it?
  5. by   oramar
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    OK not really. I was on a walk and found a Woolly Bear Caterpillar (the fuzzy orange and black ones) and put it in my pocket to save for my Bearded Dragon (see the aviator). That night I woke up with a rash that looks like hives. This happened Saturday and the rash has still not gone away, any ideas on how long it will take?

    Not asking for medical advise, just wondering if on a off change that any one else has experience this...
    I have read stories about people having an alergic reaction to them. Heard that some people need to seek medical attention. It may go away on it's own or you may need some medication.

    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    OK not really. I was on a walk and found a Woolly Bear Caterpillar (the fuzzy orange and black ones) and put it in my pocket to save for my Bearded Dragon (see the aviator). That night I woke up with a rash that looks like hives. This happened Saturday and the rash has still not gone away, any ideas on how long it will take?

    Not asking for medical advise, just wondering if on a off change that any one else has experience this...
    One more thing. You should just skip touching the things. They have a really painful bite. They don't bite very often but when they do it really hurts.
    Last edit by oramar on Oct 26, '05 : Reason: Automerged Doublepost
  6. by   palesarah
    The woolly bear ones never bothered me but when I was a kid I used to get rashes from playing with gyspy moth caterpillars. I didn't get major hives, but it was a horrible itchy raised rash anywhere the hairs touched me or it walked on me (and yet I stilll played with them). Usually went away in a few days on its own; I think a couple times I needed to take a benedryl a couple times. My mom would also put calamine lotion on, which felt really good and help dry the rash up I guess.
    If it's not getting any better by this point you may want to get it checked out.

    Did your beardie like it? I never knew they were safe for beardies to eat- when I wad a lizard (water monitor) I was always paranoid about giving him anything wild caught due to parasites and all. I always likes bearded dragons though. Cute little guys!
  7. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Yeah, I will not be feeding them to him anymore. I think I might stop by work tomorrow after school and have one of the FNP's look at it. (Now that I am in school I lost my HMO, all I can afford is emergancy type insurace so I have to pay for office visits. But some times they are nice and see me for free since I still work there on my school breaks)

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