I don't know what it is, but it feels like as I've gotten older, mosquito bites have been getting itchier.
Last week, I got a mosquito bite on my elbow. It immediately started driving me totally insane. I read somewhere that toothpaste helps with the itchiness, so I smeared that all over it, which everyone in my household informed me was "really weird." Then I used witch hazel pads to ease the itch. I was bad enough that it was waking me up at night.
My husband: "Why don't you just use calamine lotion?"
Me: "We don't have any in the house."
Actually though, it turned out we had TWO bottles of it, which I've been using religiously ever since. It's a lot less messy than toothpaste. I also tried liquid bandaid, which burned so much, I had to wash it off immediately.
I have to say, I think the elbow must be one of the worst places to get a mosquito bite. After the penis, I suppose.
The best thing for mosquito bites is the Bite Away stick. It applies a localised heat treatment which breaks down the chemical composition of the histamine which causes the itching.ReplyDelete
Since my wife and I started using this some years ago we never travel without it and have never needed any other bite treatment.
I'll have to try that! I can't believe it's a week later and it still kind of itches!Delete
try topical benadrylReplyDelete
That was the first thing I tried actually cuz we have it in the house. DIdn't help at all.Delete
Between the fingers and toes are also bad places to get bit. You could try lidocaine, too.ReplyDelete
I've got lidocaine too, but didn't try it for whatever reason...Delete
Cortisone cream? Unless it's on your face. I love the idea of lidocaine.ReplyDelete
Try holding something hot against it for a minute. The tip recommended warming a spoon, but the cup of coffee I was holding worked great too!ReplyDelete