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Redneck
08-25-2010, 12:48 AM
OMG! I hate them.. :mad:

I just packed a B. smithi & I am itching & burning.. I even wore a shirt to avoid this.. It didnt help.. Time for some brillo pads.. It cleans & scratches at the same time.. {D

Just thought I would share my pain & suffering with you guys.. Im the only one awake here... :rolleyes:

*Edit* Sorry I put this in the wrong section.. I wasnt even paying attention...

NevularScorpion
08-25-2010, 12:49 AM
I SECOND HIM!!! I rather get bit than get haired lol

Redneck
08-25-2010, 12:51 AM
Plus one to the bite.. Bring on the Psalmos.. See.. I say Psalmos.. Because Im not quite sure I want a bite from a pokie or an S. cal, H. mac... :razz:

malevolentrobot
08-25-2010, 12:58 AM
i feel you on that. i can't touch my rosea or her enclosure anymore without the itchies afterwards, but perhaps because it is the only type i've had the longest term exposure to. even hydrocortisone does nothing for me, nor do common fiberglass techniques. tried the hot/cold water thing, ugh. itchies still stayed for days and then the tiny blisters that ruin my hands whenever i get stressed or exposed to chemicals showed up.

i'm waiting for my brachy sensititvity to get worse because of my bohemei, but so far so good. i try to limit my exposure though, but with a new kicky vagans i'm probably doomed... :(

also, you're not the only one awake here. either that or i never sleep, lol...

Redneck
08-25-2010, 01:11 AM
Oh man.. I hardly had any exposure to my brachys.. They stayed in the enclosure never held.. Opened to feed... Closed to stare at..

Brachys are my only weakness.. None of my other NWs bother me.. IF/WHEN my LP does start bothering me.. Oh well.. Im going to tough it out.. My girl aint going no where.... EVER! :D

As far as the "Me being the only one awake here" comment.. That was towards.. Here at the house.. LoL!

*Edit* Also.. I think it is only the smithi that irritates me.. Not sure if the albopilosum or vagans bothered me..

J.huff23
08-25-2010, 01:14 AM
Some of my Ts U-hairs have no effect, but some are terrible. The worse reaction that I have ever had to U-hairs was from my old B.albopilosum, swelled my eye shut.

I think its amazing that something as small as a hair from a tarantula can have such a painful effect on a human!

malevolentrobot
08-25-2010, 01:16 AM
Oh man.. I hardly had any exposure to my brachys.. They stayed in the enclosure never held.. Opened to feed... Closed to stare at..

Brachys are my only weakness.. None of my other NWs bother me.. IF/WHEN my LP does start bothering me.. Oh well.. Im going to tough it out.. My girl aint going no where.... EVER! :D

As far as the "Me being the only one awake here" comment.. That was towards.. Here at the house.. LoL!

lol, i'm not looking forward to the reaction to my LP but i've got a long way to go on that one, and i wouldn't give it up either, its already pretty endearing even at .25".

and yeah, i stopped handling after my rosea and learning a lot here. the temptation comes every now and again, but the hairs are enough to remind me i'd be better off petting my cat or someones dog if i need that interaction. never handled the brachys in my collection, since they seem to be the third most reactive after blondis and LPs from what i've read.

i wish you the best dealing with the itch. also, score one for the non-handling proponents because i am on their side now... :D

Tindalos
08-25-2010, 01:41 AM
i know your pain. i got haired by my nhandu chromatus over a week ago and im still itching, i hate hot water now, it makes everything worse. my theraposha and lasiodoras have no effect but that chromatus, i want to strangle it!

flotation
08-25-2010, 01:43 AM
Is there a remedy/cure for this? I've been searching the board for a cure but I can't seem to find one OR is there even one? My B.albo causes me to itch terrible but I still love it and I still hold it everyday! :)

Redneck
08-25-2010, 02:12 AM
i know your pain. i got haired by my nhandu chromatus over a week ago and im still itching, i hate hot water now, it makes everything worse. my theraposha and lasiodoras have no effect but that chromatus, i want to strangle it!
I dont feel the effects that long.. I only itch for an hour or two.. If that really.. I have already stopped burning.. But still have a slight itch.. Nothing to bad though.. I have heard hot water is not the best treatment.. Try cold..

Also.. An old trick I learned from an old timer that use to deal with fiberglass.. Use bread or pantyhose.. It pulls the fiberglass out eith ease.. I have yet to try it with the U-Hairs.. But its worth a shot if it bothers you that long.. :)


Is there a remedy/cure for this? I've been searching the board for a cure but I can't seem to find one OR is there even one? My B.albo causes me to itch terrible but I still love it and I still hold it everyday! :)

Best way to fix your problem.. Dont handle the T everyday... ;)

x Mr Awesome x
08-25-2010, 02:19 AM
Out of my large LP, large genic, and my many brachy, I can say, without a doubt that the brachy are the worst by far for me! I'm talking weeks!!! Wonder why they're my favorite?

Dangergirl
08-25-2010, 02:23 AM
Would wearing latex gloves help ? :?

Redneck
08-25-2010, 02:24 AM
Would wearing latex gloves help ? :?

Im sure it would.. But.. I cant find latex body armor in extra extra fat boy size... {D

Motorkar
08-25-2010, 02:24 AM
You have some baby skin.....I got haired by my B. smithi and I NEVER got any itch....

GPulchra
08-25-2010, 02:27 AM
I've never been hit by urticating hairs. Then again, I haven't even been in this hobby for a month. If any T is going to lodge urticating hairs in my skin, I want it to be one of my Versicolors rather than my Pulchra. I heard that to lodge them, the Versicolors do a cute little butt press thing.

Redneck
08-25-2010, 02:35 AM
You have some baby skin.....I got haired by my B. smithi and I NEVER got any itch....
I dont have baby skin... I have worked the oilfield since I was 19... I have rough scared skin..

I've never been hit by urticating hairs. Then again, I haven't even been in this hobby for a month. If any T is going to lodge urticating hairs in my skin, I want it to be one of my Versicolors rather than my Pulchra. I heard that to lodge them, the Versicolors do a cute little butt press thing.
I have read they do that.. Also read they can kick the U-hairs as well..
Never saw it with my own eyes.. But.. Have read they can..
I would never part with my versi if I started feeling their hairs.. Never!

GPulchra
08-25-2010, 02:42 AM
They can kick 'em!? DARN! If one hair gets in my eye, I'm going to stick a toothpick through the opisthosomas of all my Ts (except for the OW :) ) and then throw them on the barbecue with mini fruits and vegetables. Then, instead of eating the shish kabob, I will stick each tarantula into a fire-powered "glow worm" (you know, those little tablets that you light up and they get really big and colorful). Then, I will dab some water on the glow worms to put out the fire, stomp on the glow worms, and then kick the dust into our backyard rocks :) . I'm kidding, of course, but my parents wouldn't let me keep Ts if they knew about the hairs.

Hobo
08-25-2010, 06:21 AM
I've been haired by every NW tarantula I own, and so far no reactions. Handled molts too, dusted in hairs, with no effect and I have baby, city-boy skin. I remember reading a thread on here though, about someone who suddenly developed sensitivity to the hairs and had to let a lot of his collection go... I'm dreading the day when/if this happens :(

I'll probably try to tough it out though.

Fran
08-25-2010, 08:28 AM
You have some baby skin.....I got haired by my B. smithi and I NEVER got any itch....

Thats doesn't have anything to do with that.
The problem with the hair not only reside in the shape of them/on contact, but on the chemicals . (Rick C West research about U-Hairs)

For some people tey are "ok" , for some others they are a nightmare.

I tolerate pain quite well, I believe,and Theraphosa hairs will make me itch, will make a huge rash and even swollen the afected area for weeks.

Suzjohnson
08-25-2010, 09:51 AM
If you haven't seen this cartoon, you absolutely must. It clearly shows the proper way to dress for dealing with NW tarantulas. Posted by wicked on 8/1/2005 and entitled "The T Keepers". Sorry, if I knew how to post the link, I would but a quick search will locate it for you. Having dealt with the blisters, itchies and raw throat, I'm considering adopting this mode of dress. :D Haven't tried the ultra sticky packing tape removal system yet but willing to give it a try. Ultimately, I believe the only safety lies in NEVER re-housing my GBB!

asn1234
08-25-2010, 10:05 AM
i am completely unaffected to my smithis hair.i was curious so i put my hand behind her and she kicked a lot,and i didn't feel anything.it's pretty cool!

kenzie
08-25-2010, 10:42 AM
i am completely unaffected to my smithis hair.i was curious so i put my hand behind her and she kicked a lot,and i didn't feel anything.it's pretty cool!

Man you're brave! I was never affected by hairs until I helped my husband water and feed over 1000 tarantulas. There were so many different species in the collection that I couldn't tell you which was worse. Although when we pulled out the theraphosa section, the effects were immediate! Ouch. Without handling any of them, both my husband and I had small and large red bumps and blisters for weeks! It was worth it, but I know have a sensitivity that I didn't have before. I still love them though!

brachybaum
08-25-2010, 12:01 PM
This is the very reason why I have made the transition to OWs. I can't take the hairs anymore. I just packaged up 3 Brachypelma Baumgartenis, hairs were flying everywhere in my room:wall:. Even a day later I get new itch spots, uff! Bring on the Pokies{D

Fran
08-25-2010, 12:06 PM
A technique THAT REALLY WORKS, but you must be REALLY CAREFULL is to have somebody else have the vacum cleaner hose "close "to the T while packing.
Thats the only thing that works.

Redneck
08-25-2010, 12:08 PM
This is the very reason why I have made the transition to OWs. I can't take the hairs anymore. I just packaged up 3 Brachypelma Baumgartenis, hairs were flying everywhere in my room:wall:. Even a day later I get new itch spots, uff! Bring on the Pokies{D

I found a new special way to pack a brachy to limit the hairs in the air..

I took a 20oz water bottle.. Cut the bottom off of it.. Drilled a hole in the lid... Got the spider in it.. Sit the bottle packed cup I am putting her in.. Slid a prodding tool in the hole drilled in the lid.. Slowly work her in the cup..

It works lik a charm.. All the hairs you see flying.. Are flying in the bottle.. Not in the air.. It dont stop all of the hairs.. But it lowers them a bit.. Still alot of itching though.. Could have been worse if I didnt use the bottle..

Pociemon
08-25-2010, 12:16 PM
I have sold of all my nw colection, every single one of them. I would itch badly for weeks, and that was only for cleaning. It was 6 month ago i sold them, and still when cleaning my animal room i get the itch, even if they are not here.

You might want to cut down on the NW Tīs if you itch that much. But of course it would suck big time.

BrettG
08-25-2010, 12:18 PM
This is the very reason why I have made the transition to OWs. I can't take the hairs anymore. I just packaged up 3 Brachypelma Baumgartenis, hairs were flying everywhere in my room:wall:. Even a day later I get new itch spots, uff! Bring on the Pokies{D

That damn tripepii you sent us makes me itch about as bad as out LP does.....I can't go near it now,its the wifes job...

Suzjohnson
08-25-2010, 11:30 PM
This is the very reason why I have made the transition to OWs. I can't take the hairs anymore. I just packaged up 3 Brachypelma Baumgartenis, hairs were flying everywhere in my room:wall:. Even a day later I get new itch spots, uff! Bring on the Pokies{D

Well, I'm happy you transitioned one of those B. baumgartenis to me :clap:
She is doing really well and didn't kick a single hair when I made some spontaneous landscaping changes without removing her, which really surprised me.

gumby
08-26-2010, 03:19 AM
The only U-hairs that have ever bothered me were from Grammastola Pulchripes. for some reason they just get me. So now I dont keep them. Funny thing is im fine with all the other Grammastola

spiderworld
08-26-2010, 04:07 AM
I dont know if you have seen when a theraphosa molts it makes its 'shed bed' full of 'fluff'/urtacating hairs! just removing the molt sends that stuff everywhere! i have antihestamine tabs and cream just for that reason! i break out into a hive like rash! most irratating!

bobusboy
08-27-2010, 01:28 PM
my g. Rosa nailed me yesterday

Between my fingers was brutal.

QuantumGears
08-27-2010, 10:49 PM
I was recently doing some cage maintenance on my G. rosea and decided to pick her up. She didn't kick hairs but must have dragged her opisthisoma some and got some on me. I spent the next three days gnawing on my hand to stop the itching. :evil:

cacoseraph
08-28-2010, 02:28 PM
heh, i am a gnawer, too. my finger nails would shred through my skin and just make things worse

Caramell
08-28-2010, 02:44 PM
I've been in the hobby for over a year now and only own NW Ts, and have yet to feel the effect of U-hairs. I've poked around in my G.pulchra's cage,my L.difficilis's cage, handled many molts, even the ones of the L.difficilis... I have never felt the tiniest itch! :?

Versi*JP*Color
08-28-2010, 03:29 PM
My B.smithi(passed away now:() would run and throw u-hairs at the same time.
Nailing me everywhere and never itched.

My b.boehmei would kick one round of hairs and only hit my hand,
yet i'm itching everywhere for no reason.

cacoseraph
08-29-2010, 04:30 PM
it took me about three years of playing with a lot of NW spiders before i was affected enough to alter what i kept


interestingly, males, especially MM are worse for me in most species. some species on MM hairs bother me. Brachypelma are worse than Theraphosa. and now because i still do educational shows with Aphonopelma i am getting sensitized to LOCAL APHONOPELMA hairs. males are worse than females... my normal "star" spider is shaping out to be male so i need to find a female to take his place