We've found what is called a "sting stick" at the local drug store. About the
size of a highlighter pen, you dab the "point" of the pen on the itching bite.
Other than ammonia, I don't remember what else is in the stick. Sure does make
bites stop itching!
On Tue, 22 Jul 2003 15:49:28 -0700, "Jacqueline Davidson"
Can you take oral antihistamines? Like Claritin (supposed to be less
drowsy-making than other brands). Just a thought.
The low-tech way is supposed to be to bathe the area in your saliva
*immediately* and keep it up until itching dies down -- w/o
scratching, of course. Some people have reported success.
I'm facing the same prob. since I'm going to mosquito country, and
I'm very sensitive -- I'd almost say allergic -- to insect bites. We
have fleas this year. It took me a while to wake up and treat the cat
and vacuuum & spray rugs.
When the ancient war dogs did battle on Tue, 22 Jul 2003 15:49:28
following bit of wisdom:
Salt. Seriously... Wet your skin and apply table salt. Rub it into the
bite as hard as you like and leave the salt to dry on your skin. You
can brush if off after that, it will have done its job. This works for
most insect bites or stings. So does meat tenderizer, but salt is much
cheaper and easier to carry or find if you're on the road. (Keep a
handful of salt packets in your glove box for travel emergencies.)
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My nickel: household ammonia, a dab will do ya. But only in the absence of
the best little anti-itch stick, AfterBite (of which the active ingredient is
ammonium hydroxide, I believe). Really really works.
nNJ usa z7
Here's more stuff to try.
The Medicinal HerbFAQ
3.1 Herbs for mosquitoes and other bothersome bugs and
3.1.2 And now you're bitten...
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