Post # 1
Hi, hive. I tend to be a mosquito magnet, but this weekend has been the worst I’ve ever had. Despite putting on bug spray, I have about 30 mosquito bits on my legs, some of them almost one-inch in diameter, raised, itchy, burny and painful 🙁 One on my ankle has turned into a (sorry, gross), raised blister.
I’ve taken an oral antihistamine and put on hydrocortisone, but what more can I do? I still feel miserable. Does anyone else have similar reactions? Do you have a special spray or way of avoiding this besides not going outdoors? Help!
Post # 4
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Use that pink lotion…calamine I think it’s called. I have the same reactions to mosquitoes and I think it’s because I’m allergic to wasp venom. Other than that, use ice packs and try not to scratch or pick at the bites.
Post # 5
Hey! My kids have the same problem!! I work in a doctors office and the secrets I have learned are Benadryl and allergy meds! Benadryl will be your best friend.. Once you get over the hump of the reaction. Start taking a daily allergy pill. This will help the reaction not be so intense. I use a “burn” spray on my toddlers just because it helps take the tingle feeling away. It would be better in a day or two. Yes the ugly bumps will still be there tho! Good luck!
Post # 6
When I was working at a daycare over the past few years a bunch of my kids had the same reaction. We used the same treatments as sherryberry!
Post # 7
Calydryl (benadryl/calamine lotion mix). Take benedryl. Sometimes getting them to open up to squeeze out the clear fluid in them helps me. I know it’s bad for scars, but oh well. Sometimes, spit helps too (I know, gross), but I have used it in a pinch and it seems to take away the itch. Oh, and take 2 advil every 4-6 hours for inflammation. Trust me – that helps!
Post # 8
does this always happen to you? You could be having a more serious allergic reaction to it, if nothing else works you might need to see a doctor something stronger, good luck and remember to dump any standing water anywhere near your house, thats where they breed.
Post # 9
I’m a mosquito magnent too! I know you said you used bug spray, but what was the percentage of deet in there? That’s the chemical that really repells the bugs… I use the Deep Woods Off spray whenever I’m going to be outdoors for a lengthy period (BBQ/back patio, etc). There’s more deet in there than the other types of Off. Just make sure you shower it off as soon as you’re back home — never a good idea to have chemicals on your skin for too long. Good luck!
Post # 10
Get the Caladryl clear, that way you can reapply as needed and won’t have to walk around with the telltale pink spots. And Benadryl, or any other allergy med that you take on a normal basis. Resist the itch – it makes them last longer and can cause scars!! Rub ice cubes on them til they are numb if you have to!!
Post # 11
I’m pretty miserable right now with them as well! I have prescription hydrocortisone cream, but it only helps so much . A bath with baking soda is soothing and if I’m really trying not to rub at them I’ll use a cloth soaked in cool water with salt and baking soda. I don’t know how much the solution actually helps or if it’s just that I’m dabbing at them with cold water instead of rubbing them with warm hands!
Post # 12
Oh and people say that if you make a cross with your fingernail (like press deep in and make a cross shape) that it takes the itch away. I have found it works. Weird…yes…
Post # 13
Try baking soda mixed with water to form a paste.
But by far the best remedy, if you can get your hands on it, is a couple drops grapefruit seed extract dilluted in a capful of water. I live in the sub tropics on a plot of ag land with a near-stagnant creek running through it. I get bitten like there is NO tommorow, I get raised welts just like you described, but when I dab on the GSE, the bites are gone within the hour. Usually less.
Post # 14
This happened to me a couple of years ago – over 25 bites on each leg with the same reaction – all of them swelled up to the size of a quarter. I couldn’t sleep at all, even after taking oral benadryl and using cortisone creams. I went to the doctor and they prescribed oral prednisone, which helped a lot with the swelling and itching
Post # 15
Take benadryl internally, then ice the bites and apply benadryl cream. This happened to my brother, his bites were the sizes of golf balls! i gave him 2 benadryl pills every 4 hours, until i reached 6 per day. and dont scratch! lol
Post # 16
Do you use bug spray when you go outside? We use a spray with deet and it works pretty well.