My legs are on fire!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by boozoo, Aug 1, 2001.

  1. boozoo

    boozoo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Today I mowed with my crews in a very big property neighborhood. After a couple of hours my legs started feeling uncomfortably tingly, like you feel when you're starting to sunburn (of course, by the time you feel that particular feeling, it's way too late). They started burning worse and worse until it was just TOO MUCH! Both my crew leaders said yeah, they had experienced the same thing this year, for more or less the first time, and they thought it was the dry grass clippings in the air (we use gator mulchers on our mid-mounts). I've been mowing for 15 years and I've never felt anything like this before! It's like a cross between sunburn and rubbing your legs with fiberglass insulation - yow! I went home and soaped my legs, and 30 minutes later they felt better, though still itchy. Anybody else ever get this? Any soutions? I'll be damned if I want my crews getting this again.
  2. J. Bret Holder

    J. Bret Holder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I've been there. I get it behind my knees really bad. Watch that you don't spread it by touching other areas after you have been scratching. It definitely sounds like the juices from grass clippings.

    Calydryl Clear seems to clear it up and stop the itching.

    Give it a shot. I hope this is the answer you needed.

  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i believe id check and see if they are using chemicals or something there.
  4. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    were you around some water or really wet grass ......when cutting did you see an unusual amount of small gnats .....

    the no see ems will do that ....(gnat lava) ..... skin so soft helps prevent & than calamine after a good scrub with soap

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    Maybe you've got the chiggers!
  6. boozoo

    boozoo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Definately not chiggers - any good arkansas boy could tell those, and they're pleasant compared to this. And it seems to occur on treated and untreated lawns alike. The gnat thing sounds promising, but I don't think we get "no see'ums" - but with a name like that, how would I know! I do know that we've had much more rain this July than usual - usually we are well into our drought season by now. but the grass where it has occured seems quite dry. Thanks for the Caladryl tip, we'll try it, though soap and water seems like the cure. Side note, everyone agrees that it feels like fiberglass, which would indicate that it is a physical/mechanical problem, not a a chemical one. Maybe conditions are favoring some kind of silica component in the grasses' chemical make-up?
  7. MJ

    MJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    BOOZOO - I don't know how this would apply to your situation, but it sounds exactly like what my granddaughter had happen. Except that her's was from swimming in a lake. Seems she got infected by duck and loon droppings. Burns like fire, only it was on her arms and hands. Went to the doctor and they treated it with steroids. Called it "swimmer's itch". Were you around standing water?
  8. It’s called SUN POSIONING

    I felt it last August and boy it didn’t feel good

    I have been using a SPF 40 sunscreen and have not felt it this year yet

  9. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    my vote is that some of the lawns are treated and you are making vapors with the equipment.

    you should be able to tell the difference in a physical skin rub from your pants and a reaction type of burning.

    and "noseeums" are real! and you can't hardly see them but the bite the pee out of you!

    and the duck thing...that sounds awful. I'd hate to swallow some of that water!

  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Had a similar reaction to a fungicide that had been sprayed on a lawn last year. Whatever was not under clothing was on fire, my eyes got the worst of it especially after I rubbed them. My wife and I both were burning. Didn't know there was anything on the sign in the yard! It eased off by about 10:00 pm, thought for a while I might want to hit the hurt that bad.:blob2: :cry: :mad:

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