Ah yes, ticks! They are one of the hazards of life on the North coast of New South Wales… and on Saturday night it seems I was visited by one in bed. I have over 70 bites on my left arm, plus the ones up my back, chest and the side of my neck… I haven’t found the culprit but everyone tells me these look just like “grass” tick bites.
Of course grass ticks aren’t actually a species of grass-dwelling tick – they’re the larval stage of some types of tick. There’s no specialist treatment, just endurance of the agonising itching, albeit with the help of anti-histamine tablets (day and night), hydracortisone creams and – I’ve been recommended – 1 cup of Bicarbonate of Soda in a hot bath, which is next on my agenda!