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« on: 21/08/2007 10:49:47 »
just thinking about bed bugs (eek, shiver), i wonder if any bugs are living on my skin right now? what are they up to, why are they there?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 21/08/2007 15:33:54 »
We all have things living off us all the time.. I understand a scraping of the kin hold tons of things!

I don't know their names or anything but we are host to many as I understand it!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 21/08/2007 18:37:50 »

I don't know their names or anything...

So I don't suppose you've got their phone numbers?  :D
 

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« Reply #3 on: 21/08/2007 18:42:13 »
I understand a scraping of the kin hold tons of things!


Well i dont think you should go scraping at their brothers and sisters. Ok then, we have them but why? what are they up to?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 21/08/2007 19:07:04 »

I don't know their names or anything...

So I don't suppose you've got their phone numbers?  :D

Nope But they've got Yours! LOL!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 21/08/2007 19:10:00 »
Thats a good Question Paul and I would like to think that some of them are beneficial sense for the most part we seem to have a symbiotic relationship! As far as I can Tell anyway! LOL I have to do some studying!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 21/08/2007 20:10:53 »
You mentioned bed bugs, although the term bug there specifically refers to an insect rather than the wider range of small animals and micro-organisms.

With regard to bacteria, certainly some are useful in our digestion to help digest some foods that we could not directly digest ourselves.

I am not aware (although others might know otherwise) if there exists any insects or other macroscopic parasites that have such an intimate symbiotic relationship with man (clearly, we have a looser symbiotic relationship with many insects, but they do not typically feed off us).
 

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« Reply #7 on: 21/08/2007 20:47:08 »
Strictly not an insect but does an arthropod count as a bug?
Here's an article for those not too easilly grossed out.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demodex
 

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« Reply #8 on: 21/08/2007 20:50:20 »
You mentioned bed bugs, although the term bug there specifically refers to an insect rather than the wider range of small animals and micro-organisms.

With regard to bacteria, certainly some are useful in our digestion to help digest some foods that we could not directly digest ourselves.

I am not aware (although others might know otherwise) if there exists any insects or other macroscopic parasites that have such an intimate symbiotic relationship with man (clearly, we have a looser symbiotic relationship with many insects, but they do not typically feed off us).

I agree with the bacteria but really don't recall much about the other critters that reside on us! LOL
 

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« Reply #9 on: 22/08/2007 01:54:54 »
I think there are little critters that live in the pores of your skin, rotifers in your eyes (Not sure on the last.)
 

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« Reply #10 on: 22/08/2007 01:59:10 »
Yes I think you are right. I watched a show about them one time!
 

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« Reply #11 on: 22/08/2007 16:43:05 »
I think there are little critters that live in the pores of your skin, rotifers in your eyes (Not sure on the last.)

http://www.visions-of-science.co.uk/win-07.html
 

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« Reply #12 on: 22/08/2007 17:29:12 »
WOW RD! That is a really cool picture.. Amazing! Hard to believe they are there eh? Amazing... Do we benefit by them eating the dead skin cells from around the eyelash follicle?
 

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« Reply #13 on: 22/08/2007 18:03:40 »
I think there are little critters that live in the pores of your skin, rotifers in your eyes (Not sure on the last.)

Yes, but I referred to symbiotic organisms, not parasitic ones.

I was aware of many that we believe are parasitic, but I am not aware of any other than bacteria that are known to be symbiotic (although I fully accept that many may be found to have a symbiotic relationship we do not yet understand).
 

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« Reply #14 on: 24/08/2007 13:38:37 »
I think there are little critters that live in the pores of your skin, rotifers in your eyes (Not sure on the last.)

http://www.visions-of-science.co.uk/win-07.html

I am confused if he is eating dead skin cells from around our eyelashes does'nt that make them more scavengers or do they also feed off any live cells in our body! How would that classify them then?
 

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« Reply #15 on: 31/08/2007 05:04:49 »
i tried so hard not to read this... and for some reason i thought i could without getting all freaked out... but i was wrong
 

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« Reply #16 on: 31/08/2007 05:11:32 »
I am confused if he is eating dead skin cells from around our eyelashes does'nt that make them more scavengers or do they also feed off any live cells in our body! How would that classify them then?

All the top surface of your skin is technically dead (only the deeper layers are actually alive), and so is your hair dead (only the roots are living tissue).
 

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« Reply #17 on: 31/08/2007 05:12:27 »
i tried so hard not to read this... and for some reason i thought i could without getting all freaked out... but i was wrong

Oh dear, you will have to develop a thicker skin :)
 

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« Reply #18 on: 31/08/2007 05:22:37 »
apparently if things are eating it!! lol
 

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« Reply #19 on: 26/04/2008 20:33:32 »
there are millions of bacteria living on & within our bodies. This is referred to as symbiosis- "living together"
 This is an inter-relationship between organisms where there is a close and permanent asociation for mutual benefit.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 28/04/2008 18:44:42 »
I had a real bug the other week. I was waiting for the shower to run hot and noticed in the mirror a  tick clamped to my chest. So it was down to casualty and 20 minutes spent digging all of out followed by a course of dioxycycline - you can't be too careful, as you don't know if your tick was healthy or a Lyme carrier!
 

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« Reply #21 on: 29/04/2008 03:25:56 »
I think I read somewhere that if you use a pillow for 2 years without washing or changing it(who would?) then between 10-30% of the weight of the pillow is made up of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) and their faecal matter. My immunology lecturer also told me this about 3 weeks ago, although I haven't read a scientific paper on it.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 19/06/2008 15:35:39 »
In fact we all have bacteria on or in our bodies but they are not infectious or so I've been told but scabies crawls in under your skin and itches like **** and scars too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scabies
 

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