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Old 05-19-2009, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Last night after I left chat I muddled around doing various things. One of these tasks was I gave my mealies in my mealie farm some carrots. Now I have been around mealworms since I was in the womb. My family owned and operated a bait and tackle store since my father was a teenager. I was counting out mealworms from the time I could count and my Grandmother would pay us kids so we could have pocket money. So I have been around mealies for over 45 years. And last night I wasn't digging in them or anything. I placed carrots in the plastic drawers which is my farm. I did not wash my hands afterwards as I would soon regret. I went to check HHC and my e-mail one last time before heading to bed. While on the computer my right eye began to itch and burn ferociously. Within two minutes I was in the shower drenching my eye in water and as the itching stopped my eye was almost swollen shut. Once at the emergency room the Doctor confirmed my suspicion. Something caused a massive allergic reaction in my right eye. Now I don't suffer from any type of allergies. No problems with pollen, hay fever or the like. It could have been anything but I really believe it must have been a small almost microscopic piece of mealworm frass. Mealworm frass is mealie poop. It is very small almost dust like. I can't prove it but it is the only irritant I was near. So as I put in steroidal eye drops for the next couple of days be warned; ALWAYS ALWAYS wash your hands after touching your mealies or container. I didn't touch my eye but I really believe somehow a piece got airborne and ended up in my eye. Frass is a huge irritant to any open mucous membrane. So play it safe and wash up.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you for the warning Reaper, I really hope Your eye heals quickly.
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Yikes, I hope your eye gets better soon! Thanks for warning us all, too.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the heads up Reaper. I guess it applies to all of us who feed hedgies mealworms, and not just mealie farmers as frass will be in any container the mealies are in. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mealworm frass is a known irritant - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8120 ... t=Abstract

It can cause contact allergies on the skin, etc. as well as mucous membranes. Which is why you shouldn't feel bad when your hedgehog snarfs them up. Wicked bad buggers.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I know that mealworm frass is BAD, I have had swollen eyes several times. I also have to be careful not to trigger an asthma attack.
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wow, I didn't know that. Thanks for the warning.
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how is Your eye doing?
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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It is much better. I am sure it will be back to normal soon. I was really surprised at how fast and intense it was. One minute I was clicking away with my mouse and within seconds my eye was watering and swelling shut. I can't prove it was frass. It could have been the one in a million airborne particle that just happened to land in my eye. But with all things considered I think it is most likely to have been frass.
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Good to hear you're better Reaper
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