Caution about wheat straw

Back in June we put out grass seed. We covered it with wheat straw. Wife got some itches and thought it was chiggers. I got a couple little discolored spots on chest and on wrist. We've been to the Doctor twice with it. Mine has mostly cleared up. Wife's legs look horrible. Today she was sent to a Dermatologist. She was given a shot and some additional topical antibiotics etc. It is suspected staph infection and Dermatitis but they don't know for sure. We don't know where the wheat straw originated. We bought it at Lowes out of the trailer it was transported in. The straw was dry and did not appear to have any mold or anything in it or smell suspicious. First time we've ever encountered any such problem. In the sixties I bailed hay and straw in Indiana and never saw any such. Perhaps long sleeves and other precautions are in order.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
LilAbner wrote:

as you've found out it doesn't take much to cause troubles. it might not even have been the straw itself that was the problem as much as the trailer that the farm used to haul the bales. sometimes they haul manure and the trailer isn't cleaned off and then they haul hay or straw and so it picks up just a little on the surface of the bale. that can be enough.

good idea!
i would still report the trouble to Lowes, they should still be able to talk to the supplier.
songbird
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.