Dealing with mosquitos

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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Postby randomblue » 13 Aug 2014, 8:37am

Its pretty much better now, got bitten 2 nights ago when staying at a hostel as it was too hot to leave windows closed (32celcius at midnight!!!) was a little itchy the next day and then overnight puffed up, went to doctors yesterday morning and they just gave me stronger antihistamines which I took one of rather than 2 and it was basically gone by the end of the day. I've had almost exactly the same bite and reaction in Mexico in Feb and that one went down exactly the same so I'm not convinced the antihistamines actually made any difference xD

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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Postby bikes4two » 15 Aug 2014, 10:47am

Furkuk wrote:This is going to sound strange but try taking antihistamines. It won't stop them biting you but it will stop you coming out in big red bite marks

Funny you mention this as for the first time this year I took them (for a runny nose BTW) and the mozzy bites are fewer and much much less severe.
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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Postby Furkuk » 15 Aug 2014, 1:30pm

Very good. Don't think it works for everyone but it certainly works for me.

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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Postby spearmint wino » 15 Aug 2014, 10:02pm

A great way to treat bites is by using heat - it breaks down the proteins biting insects inject, soothing and removing the irritation.
Heat a spoon (knife, fork, whatever) up in a mug of very hot water, dab it on the bite until its just bearable to press and hold it on, repeat.
Ms Wino was bitten in Turkey this year and her forearm ballooned up. The antihistamines we had weren't up to it but this method sorted it out.

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Re: Dealing with mosquitos

Postby randomblue » 20 Aug 2014, 10:55am

Sounds like a promising suggestion! Will try it this afternoon! I have often used ice to try and cool them as the bite often feels very hot to the touch but never thought to try heat before!