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It's too hot to wear pants so my and I worker wear shorts. Today my worker was complaining that his legs itched and kinda burned. I didn't have this problem today but I have had it happen b4. It only seems to happen when it is hot and humid. It also dosent seem to matter if its an untreated or treated lawn. Also, it seems to only affect my legs when on the ztr. What could this be? Lasts a couple hours and then goes away. Any ideas?
 

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all ferris said:
It's too hot to wear pants so my and I worker wear shorts. Today my worker was complaining that his legs itched and kinda burned. I didn't have this problem today but I have had it happen b4. It only seems to happen when it is hot and humid. It also dosent seem to matter if its an untreated or treated lawn. Also, it seems to only affect my legs when on the ztr. What could this be? Lasts a couple hours and then goes away. Any ideas?
my lower legs burn if i use insect repellant and then sweat to much. Im afraid to ask if its your upper or lower legs lol. If its only when you wear shorts on your lower legs could be a reaction to something when your sweat pours open. Try a NON DROWSY allergy pill before you go out in the morning. Helps me sometimes.
 

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Sounds like hives. Please read the link before forming an opinion. Also Kahki type pants are your best bet in the heat. Lighter than jeans and protective. They also "breath" very well so they are not hot to wear. As comfortable as shorts but offer some protection.

......Allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, insect stings, sunlight exposure, or medicines can all cause histamine release. Sometimes it's impossible to find out exactly why hives have formed.

http://my.webmd.com/content/pages/10/1625_50521.htm
 

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Sounds like hives. ......Allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, insect stings, sunlight exposure, or medicines can all cause histamine release. Sometimes it's impossible to find out exactly why hives have formed.
I've seen hives before and he would know if he had them.

I was actually going to recommend bug spray. This time of year there are a lot of small bugs that get disturbed up out of the grass when you cut. They're almost like a small swarm. I itched bad for years until I noticed that the tiny bugs were always around when I itched. Deep Woods Off fixed it.
 

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all ferris said:
It's too hot to wear pants so my and I worker wear shorts. Today my worker was complaining that his legs itched and kinda burned. I didn't have this problem today but I have had it happen b4. It only seems to happen when it is hot and humid. It also dosent seem to matter if its an untreated or treated lawn. Also, it seems to only affect my legs when on the ztr. What could this be? Lasts a couple hours and then goes away. Any ideas?
It’s probably heat rash. Whether I wear pants or shorts when it’s hot out and I sweat I have these red rashes on my legs at the end of the day. They will go away, may take a day or two.

Here is a link that explains more about heat rash.
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/8/1680_54300.htm
 

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I have given up on short this year. I know, crazy as it sounds! I have NO problems with the "heat" Honestly I don't see any differenct at all in my body temperature. I had so many problems with weeds and grass being on my legs from trimming being on there ALL DAY, I'd eventually start to itch like cracy from that stuff. I was miserable in the evenings and had to put anti-itch lotion on my legs just to stay sane. Since I went to wearing jeans all the time I don't have that problem. Not to mention that I actually stay cleaner and my shoes get less crap in them!

Some jeans are better than other then others for the summer tho. I only have 3 pair that are worn and thin enough for the heat. All the rest I own are either too heavy or too baggy for the summer months. I have looked at lightweight pants like kahkis and whatnot, but I wear a 36" inseam and anything above a 34" is impossible to find at a regular store...

Oh, i forgot to mention.. you mentioned being bitten! How bout chiggers! I would say the same thing, that I never had mosquitoes biting me that much but I have red welts all over my legs. I still get them with the jeans, but only around my ankles. still irritating, but better than behind my knees!!!
 

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all ferris said:
It's too hot to wear pants so my and I worker wear shorts. Today my worker was complaining that his legs itched and kinda burned. I didn't have this problem today but I have had it happen b4. It only seems to happen when it is hot and humid. It also dosent seem to matter if its an untreated or treated lawn. Also, it seems to only affect my legs when on the ztr. What could this be? Lasts a couple hours and then goes away. Any ideas?
Same thing used to happen to me and the help for about a two week period in July every year, lower legs burn and itch like mad when you get into July. Never did find a cause, the cure for me was to stop wearing shorts. It seemed to me it always happened right after 4th of july and almost alwsys right after mowing a yard with zoysia in it. Bugs or sap from clippings, never knew for sure, but I and the help gave up on shorts years ago, got to where we couldn't stand the clippings from the weed eaters anymore.
 

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Richard Martin said:
I've seen hives before and he would know if he had them.

I was actually going to recommend bug spray. This time of year there are a lot of small bugs that get disturbed up out of the grass when you cut. They're almost like a small swarm. I itched bad for years until I noticed that the tiny bugs were always around when I itched. Deep Woods Off fixed it.
Who hasn't seen hives before? If you would have read the article, you would have seen that are numerous types of and causes for hives. Just because you have seen one form does not mean you can ID a "histamine release" of another type. That is after all what I am referring to in this case. A histamine release triggered by sunlight exposure. Why not his whole body then? I will let you fret that out yourself. It was probably not hives you have seen before anyway. Alot of things are called by names other than what they really are by lay people. Or should I call you Doc?
 

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Flees, I had an account last year that whenever I wore shorts there, I ended up with a rash. I later found out it was from the flees in their grass, the neighbor said their dogs had them all the time.
 

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Info for what it is worth (worked for me)...

Lower legs itched like crazy and when scratched vigorously they would feel like they were burning this itch was insatiable in the heat of Summer this also happened to my scalp. After three torturous summers I finally asked my family physician about this 'itch', he questioned my bathing habits (daily showers, lather up scrub and rinse) and suggested that 'mild' soap only be used on the 'pits and nether region' (direct application) use a soft wash cloth not one of those pot scrubbers on a string. Scalp problem was solved by the use of 'Baby Shampoo' and thorough rinsing of hair and body. My case of over zealous cleaning was removing the body's protective oils causing the skin to crack and perspiration would start the 'itch' (application of baby oil to legs will help but not cure the problem) so far this year NO ITCH..

BobR
 

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Hey, didnt anyone notice different weeds grow at different times of the season?....take the "Stinging Nettle", thats a "Killer" after its been cut and thrown out on the lawn,[ anybody with "Dogs" should figure this one out? :blob3: :waving: :alien:
 

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Mine can itch like crazy too. I wear shorts while working, just to doggone hot and sticky (especially the last few days) not to. IMO the itching & burning are most likely attributed to the clippings from string trimming, this problem seems to be amplified if your legs are hairy & mine are :p (sorry for the mental picture)

Anyway I see it as having two choices for me, wear shorts to be cooler, suffer through the itching, or pants and suffer through the heat.

The last fifteen days have been above normal temps here, with no end in sight for the next ten with the exception of one or two days.

Guess I'm not much help on this issue except to say shorts or pants its gotta be toughed out.

Good Luck :waving:

-Geoff
 
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