Post # 1
Anyone have any tried and true ways to alleviate the itch of mosquito bites? My feet are covered in bites and I’m an obsessive itch scratcher. It’s driving me so crazy that I can’t even concentrate on work!
I did put aloe on this morning, but that didn’t seem to help and now my feet are sticky. I read online that putting scotch tape on the bites might help so now I’m sitting here with bits of tape all over my feet (cute).
I can run out at lunch and grab some sort of anti-histamine cream stuff, but if you have suggestions in the meantime I would greatly appreciate it!
Post # 3
It’s a weird one, but I circle my bug bites with a ball point pen! My uncle told it to me when I was younger and I haven’t been doing it ever since. It seems to work!
Or I will use my nails to make an X in the middle of it. It will hurt for a second, but it helps too!
Post # 4
I wash the area well with warm water and soap, rinse thoroughly, pat dry (don’t rub dry – it’s too similar to scratching), and then use the aveeno lotion with oatmeal on them. They stop itching within a few minutes and are gone by the next day.
You could do an actual oatmeal mask on them too, if you’re at home. Oatmeal is great for itch!
Whatever you do, don’t scratch at all! It will only make it worse.
Also, if you eat bananas or take vitamin b1, it helps prevent bites in the first place – there’s something about b1 that mosquitos don’t like.
Post # 5
I do the nail x thing, too! Another thing I always heard is to put salvia on them, but not your own. I’m weird, I guess and I actually will tell my dog to lick my ankle. He does, and it seems to help.
Post # 6
There’s bug bite stuff you can get in a little pen, or if you’ve got it, make a paste out of baking soda and water and dab it on… clearly that’s for if you’re at home. 🙂
Post # 7
@helenberrycrunch: I’ve heard the saliva thing too! For mosquito bites (and almost any bite) I make a baking soda/milk mixture and leave it on for about 10 minutes as a paste- it draws out toxins and makes the itching stop.
Post # 8
baking soda + water or epsom salts + water
I’ve also heard crushed aspirin (non enteric coated) + water works, but I haven’t tried it personally
Post # 9
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: yes! I type too slow :p
@ddw: Wow, thanks for the tip about b1…I was just commenting the other night about how I’m the only one in a group that ever gets singled out by mosquitos and I always get the golf ball sized welts! I guess I need some vitamins!
Post # 10
To help relieve the itch for a little while, run your feet under the hottest water you can stand. They will itch like crazy while the water is running over them, but once you take it away, the itch should almost immediately stop. The hot water releases the histamine (which is what makes you itch)…and once you pull it out from under the hot water, it should stop itching. Just pat your feet try with a towel and you should be ok for at least a few hours.
Post # 11
I usually hit the bug bite when it is itching and it temporarily relieves the itch so that I don’t scratch.
@twodoghouse: I read online that putting scotch tape on the bites might help so now I’m sitting here with bits of tape all over my feet (cute).
LOL @ the mental image!
Post # 12
I use AfterBite — comes in a “pen” (think: tide-to-go pen). Works great!
Post # 13
Haha, I do the “X” thing too!
Post # 14
@murmur: glad to know I’m not the only one!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
This summer, I worked at a day camp, and I got 81 bug bites the night we had an overnight. I am not exaggerating, it was excruciating, and yes, I counted each of those itchy little things! I got an ointment from the drugstore called itch-x I believe, it’s a topical number and it worked wonders!
Post # 16
I’ve known people who eat tons of bananas and they are still attractive to mosquitos. So it seems weird that diet prevents them.
Some people are attractive to them and others aren’t. If you are unable to avoid areas of standing water where they habitate and don’t use repellant of any kind, then they will find you. Try not to scratch them if at all possible, but if you must, then scratch outside the area, not on the bite. Marking an X with your nail on the bite does work temporarily. Cortisone cream works great too.