On our first morning, I already have countless bites on my neck, arms, hands, ears, legs and even face. Any exposed skin is not left to chance. Even the stench of the mosquito repellant could not deter these fellas from a blood fiesta. Overall I had over 300 bites all over my body.
A week after the trip, the bite marks are still there and more pronounced. It has been itching badly and I had to seek medical attention as I had exhausted my stock of Stingose and ointments. Luckily I stumbled upon a dermatologist at LWE hospital who prescribe some anti-histamines and anti-inflammatory medication to keep the itchiness at bay.
Now, 2 weeks after the trip, the swell and itchiness has started to subside and the only marks lefts are the scars. These tiny creatures really pack a good punch and gave us some scar marks to remind us of our expedition.
I was told later that our encounter with these sand flies are expected as we had camped too close to the river. So if the only way to prevent them from biting is to cover your whole body up. DON'T EXPOSE YOUR SKIN!