Speaking of really bizarre, I'm about to share with you my knowledge on the topic of a little-known malady known as dew poisoning.
Very Important Disclaimer: The problem is, I don't really have any knowledge on the topic of a little-known malady known as dew poisoning. The information you're about to read is very likely incorrect. I am merely passing along a description of what we in the Chesapeake Bay Family referred to as dew poisoning. For all I know I'm describing the first signs of malaria or diphtheria or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Not that I'm a hypochondriac or anything.
Yesterday as I sat blinking back tears from the monotony of my paying job, I noticed that
This cut has the exact same shape and feel as cuts I used to get on my feet. Cuts or splits that we called dew poisoning.
We went barefoot
One time I noticed a cut, a slit right under my baby toe, in the crease where the toe meets the foot (the tough part of the foot). Since it hurt (just enough to be aggravating), I showed my mother. Now whether she was joking or whether she was serious, I do not know, but she said it was dew poisoning. There was nothing that could be done except wait for it to heal, so "Run along now and have a nice day."
So, a child walks barefoot across a dewy yard. The dew causes the skin to split under the baby toe. This
A quick Google search produced a variety of explanations for dew poisoning, none of which resembled my definition, but almost all involving hooves. Wet hooves. Belonging to horses. And cattle.
Sure, there were a few articles that mentioned feet, skin rashes, itchy skin or swollen calves in humans, but most of the dew poison cases involved horses.
Have you ever heard of dew poisoning?
Note: The Dictionary of American Regional English (implying that this is a regional term) has this to say about dew poisoning:
Any of various rashes or infections of the feet or legs, believed to be caused by dew; the presumed agent causing such rashes or infections; rarely, a foot disease of cattle. Dew poison—same as foot or hoof rot.