Post # 1
Eeek I have like 6 mosquito bites on my arms, and two of them are huuge so it looks like I have some kind of disease. We’re going to a wedding this weekend and I really don’t want to have huge red bumps all over my arms!
Post # 5
I use ice to make the swelling go down, and I also use stuff called “after bite” to make the itching stop so I don’t make them worse!
Post # 6
Haha…no – it’s a reference from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Her dad insists that windex cures everything. Her FI gets a zit the day of and so does she, but his is gone b/c he followed her dad’s advice and put windex on it!
I second after bite to help the itching stop. There’s also something called Ivy Dry. It’s more to dry out poison ivy, but it also helps with insect bites as well.
Post # 7
@2peas: I recognize it from the movie, and I was like, omg does that actually work??!!
thanks for the tips 🙂 I just googled it and apparently rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the bite makes it stop itching and reduced the swelling. I’ll definitely have to try that method!
Post # 8
LOL @2peasinapod i love that movie!! i like when the FI gets bite and the dad is right there spraying him with Windex!
Post # 9
LOL – I’m sorry! I couldn’t help myself! It was on the other day, and I made my husband watch it with me. He now says, “It’s a mosquito bite” the way the woman says it in the movie all the time now. I crack up every time I hear it!
BTW – if they’re super swollen (mosquitos love me, and I blow up like a balloon from them), I sometimes take benadryl or claritin to help with the swelling. If you also have time, soaking your arms in epsom salt bath will draw out the excess fluid that causes the swelling. I had a million bites all over my foot an ankle one year and it was 3x the size of my other one. Soaking it in the epsom salt bath totally took down the swelling for me.
Post # 10
I am alergic to mosquitos they make me swell up HUGE like one time my whole stomach and leg from one bite! I take benadryl or zertec ( its OTC now!)
And My Big Fat Greek Wedding is totally my family 😀
Post # 11
Sounds weird, but I believe the aluminum compounds found in most anti-perspirants help draw out the venom in bee stings- I used that along with plain old hydrocortisone cream and the puff and itching went away.
Either way- it will probably go down in a few days as long as you put some kind of anti-itch solution on it.
BTW- Afterbite is literally just ammonia- if you put it on and you feel the sting (like alcohol on a cut) its doing the job and will stop the itch. If you don’t feel that sting- the bite probably scabbed over and it probably didn’t get into the bite and will keep itching- you’d have to try some kind hyrocortisone cream at that point.
Post # 12
Visine will take the red out and afterbite will kill the itch
Post # 13
I used to live in an area of the island where in the first week, I had over FIFTY bites (!!!) and the absolute best remedy is grapefruit seed extract, diluted (couple drops in a cap of water) and dabbed onto the bites with a q tip. They were all gone the next day. GSE is expensive but can be used for soooo many things (google it), and the bottle lasts for a long time.
Post # 14
The windex thing actually works. Afterbite is just rubbing alcohol and ammonia. Windex is just ammonia and blue dye. I guess you could mix the windex with alcohol first, but I don’t think it’s that common for people to develop horribly infected wounds from their mosquito bites. 😛
Post # 15
I use pain relieving neosporin, it heals any damage really fast, and the numbing properties keep me from itching. However, when it comes to how long… it varies per person, I’m sorry.