watch out for Nairobi fly, and what to do..

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Feb 13th, 2007, 11:42 PM
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watch out for Nairobi fly, and what to do..

Im still writing my trip report, but it's taking a little bit longer than expected

I just wanted to share my experience with the Nairobi fly with you, as a warning and so you'll know what to do

I had a long 'scratch' over the length of my whole under arm. The second day the scratch was getting more red and burning and it got worse by the day. I didn't had a clue what it was, and was quite worried because it was getting worse and worse, and it hurted quite a lot as well (especially in the sun)

When I walked in the office of my sister in law, her colleage immediately recognized it as a 'Nairobi Fly'. Apparently it's a fly that doesn't sting, but when you crush it it releases some kind of toxic that burns the skin.
The remedy was amazingly simple: toothpaste.
After 2 nights of applying toothpaste on my arm it was almost completely gone.

The fly is back in Arusha because of the long wet season:

"they are on the other hand known to usually 'make scene' following extended rain periods, such as during the 1998 El-Nino spell, when the insects made their debut appearance in Arusha town."

so watch out and bring toothpase with you

more info:
http://allafrica.com/stories/200701290873.html
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Feb 14th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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It's not just for dental hygiene anymore.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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I've found toothpaste is great for tse-tse fly bites, too, if they are itchy and swollen (as mine were).

Thanks for the tip, Nikao. Looking forward to your report.
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Feb 14th, 2007, 12:29 PM
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Toothpaste also works quite well at drying out zits, just FYI! ;-)
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Feb 14th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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Sharon, I'm glad the teenage set is chiming in. But what does it do for wrinkles?
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Feb 14th, 2007, 08:50 PM
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I don't know about wrinkles, Lynn (someone once told me she used Preparation H for her wrinkles ) but toothpaste shure works wonders for marks on the wall!
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Feb 15th, 2007, 04:45 AM
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Also rec. for cleaning diving masks.

Wonder if it will rank up there with duct tape.

Good tip Nikao for bites, btw, thanks
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Feb 15th, 2007, 05:54 AM
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Oh Lynn, you flatterer! ;-)

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Feb 15th, 2007, 09:08 AM
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would it be the paste or gel variety that works so well?
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Feb 15th, 2007, 09:35 AM
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Green gel is perfect for green walls, striped good for striped walls etc. - just watch for ants and other critters and line up the stripes - BIG DISCLAIMER


I assume that b/c Dennis is asking about the zit factor rather than wrinkles - due to being a lesser age.

Re: inexpensive and best fix for zits -mash up an asprin and mix with a few drops of water - apply and leave on zip (do this when alone) - instant salicytic (sp.) acid
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Feb 15th, 2007, 09:44 AM
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For itchy bites it's paste paste paste, although that may be because paste sticks better.

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Jun 13th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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Seems like you may have solved a mystery. I was in Uganda and was told I had a spider bite but someone mentioned to me about Nairobi flies. Wish I'd read this a couple of months ago and found out about the toothpaste trick!
http://footballcoachingabroad.wordpr...4-spider-bite/
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