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Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:57 am      Reply with quote
At the moment I have about 10 mosquito bites on my body and when i get biten they get HUGE! What is good for mosquito bites? Anything i can do to take down the swelling and itchyness?
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:31 am      Reply with quote
lavender oil -- neat. makes the itchy ouchy bearable and tones down the redness. apply as often as needed. ice can help with the swelling.... my sympathies. they adore me too!
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:35 am      Reply with quote
Tea tree oil works best for me!

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Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:00 am      Reply with quote
I find that Benadryl anti-cream really takes the sting out and reduces redness.

I bought some when I was in the US. I don't think it is available in Canada.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:26 pm      Reply with quote
I got a tube of bneadryl at Target that is specicically for bites. You hald it like a pencil & pat the tip on the bite/itch. It works really well for me!
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:18 pm      Reply with quote
sportygirl wrote:
Tea tree oil works best for me!


I second that.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:22 pm      Reply with quote
I have a real problem with certain bug bites. I don't know if it is a genuine allergic reaction or what but my skin becomes very inflammed and swollen. Sometimes the inflammed area will spread to cover about 6 square inches or so! Fortunatly this does not happen with every bug bite I get!

This summer when I got some of these bad bug bites I decided to test a theory of mine. I had a sample of the Patricia Wexler MMPi Regenerating Serum. This has MMP enzyme inhibitors and since this enzyme is responsible for inflammation inhibiting it should reduce inflammation. Knowing this I got to wondering if the serum would help with my super bug bites because they seem to be an inflammatory response. I have had four of these bites this summer. The first one I got to too late but used this on it anyway and it seemed to help some with the swelling. The other three I used this on right away and every evening for three or four nights. I think it is working. The three bites have swollen a lot less and have disappeared quickly. Now I suppose it is possible that these bites were not the "bad" kind but from my years of expericnce with them I think that they were. I will continue to test this serum and will update. Although I honestly hope that I do not get the opportunity to try this again as I am not a fan of being bitten by bugs. Rolling Eyes
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:45 pm      Reply with quote
I bought "After bite", i have put it on my bites and they help stop the itching for a bit but the swelling doesnt go away Sad
I have a hot date tonight too and i'm totally pressing for time. I also used tea tree oil as well.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:04 pm      Reply with quote
Tea Tree Oil is good but it's still not enough for me. But it's the simplest all natural remedy. I too like TheresaL get very inflamed/swollen everytime I get a mosquito bite - looks so horrible, not to mention whether I scratch or not it always leaves a brown stain on my skin which takes a year to go away. However I've found Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment and that helps a lot with making it less inflamed and makes it go away faster. I don't think I can do much about the aftermath since I have pale skin. I use both the BB and Tea Tree Oil and that's the best combination I've found.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:29 pm      Reply with quote
just wondering, are you all getting mosquitoes inside your house while sleeping or lounging? one night, i woke up with 7 bites! i sat up and went straight on ebay and bought a mosquito net and a mosquito trap. this week, i have let my mosquito trap run at night, and i caught like 10 of them. i just emptied the trap box of dead bodies. so gross. i don't even know how that many get in the house!

my net has fallen down for a week and i have been too lazy to put it back up and i haven't gotten any bites yet

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Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:04 pm      Reply with quote
I use hydrocortisone and caladryl clear on mine. Lately they seem to swell up and stay itchy for days no matter what I put on them, though.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:39 pm      Reply with quote
If you had Decleor essential balm on you, that works wonders, WONDERS!! on insect bites and skin allergies, otherwise EOs like lavender/tea tree is also good. Or a strong mix of carrier oil + chamomile/tea tree etc to make a substitute essential balm.
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:21 am      Reply with quote
skincareaddicted wrote:
just wondering, are you all getting mosquitoes inside your house while sleeping or lounging?

yup! for some reason, paris skeeters find me a foreign delicacy! Candy (Candessence) has made an all-natural repellent that works wonderfully, but causes my BF to sneeze if i apply it in the same room. it's the only thing that's kept me sane, however, as those little suckers have been taking advantage of my naked arm, trapped in its torture device.... your mosquito trap sounds fascinating though.
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:30 am      Reply with quote
la vie en rose wrote:
skincareaddicted wrote:
just wondering, are you all getting mosquitoes inside your house while sleeping or lounging?

yup! for some reason, paris skeeters find me a foreign delicacy! Candy (Candessence) has made an all-natural repellent that works wonderfully, but causes my BF to sneeze if i apply it in the same room. it's the only thing that's kept me sane, however, as those little suckers have been taking advantage of my naked arm, trapped in its torture device.... your mosquito trap sounds fascinating though.


funny i decided to log on again (boy, am i addicted) because there was a bugger in my room and it bit me on the shoulder. i lugged my bug zapper in and placed it by my desk and i hope to get the nasty little bug. my mosquito trap is actually called the Insectivoro. it has a fluorescent bulb which attracts the mosquito, and then a fan to suck them into a built in "death box" where they dry up and die. the first night i ran it, i just a caught a moth so i was really disappointed, but now it is finally paying me back Very Happy . if you're interested, here it is:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=115770&item=200003027441

btw, is candy's bug repellent recipe posted anywhere?

also, i hope your arm is better

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Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:57 am      Reply with quote
skincareaddicted: the same thing happened to me in HK. I woke up with 9 bites, 3 on my face!!! The next night I diffused some citronella EO and I was never bitten again. I find aromatherapy oils work best - plus if you do DIY skincare you probably have EO around. Tea Tree works, Citronella works, Lavendar works, Eucalytus works and I think Lemongrass works. But I assume Lavendar would be the best choice since it relaxes your senses as well.
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:01 am      Reply with quote
skincareaddicted wrote:
btw, is candy's bug repellent recipe posted anywhere?

expensive products are worth DIYing. candy's stuff, on the other hand, is SO inexpensive, made with such love and care and exquisite ingredients, that i'd much rather let her do the dirty work. Laughing if she doesn't have it up on the site yet, i'm sure a little begging will put it up soon enough. it's definitely the most elegant repellent i've ever used and moisturising to boot. (this last fact bothered me during the dog days of summer but, now that it's cooled down a bit, i'm quite grateful for. kill two birds with one stone....)
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 7:34 am      Reply with quote
The best thing that works for me to reduce swelling and itching is pure Lavender EO. Just dab a drop on the area and you'll notice a reduction in swelling within hours.

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