Insect bites

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Rykard
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Insect bites

Post by Rykard » Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:24 am

Hi,
quick question..
1) what can i use to prevent insect bites, was working out in a wood last night and seem to have been bitten all over.
2) If i have been bitten, what is the best treatment to stop the itching etc.

thanks in advance.
Rich

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Re: Insect bites

Post by featherstick » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:46 am

1) cover up
2) mosquito coils
3) insect repellent
4) dab of toothpaste on the bite

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Re: Insect bites

Post by korolev » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:01 am

I suffer terribly with mozzie bites on holiday.
Use a insect repellant with a high Deet concentration. It'll feel like you've been tear-gassed by the riot police but it works.
Also take anti-histamines, most people get bitten but some react worse than others (people who say "I never get bitten" do get bitten, they just don't react).

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Re: Insect bites

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:25 am

Avon skin so soft instead of repellent

If bitten acrivascrin (spl) oral antihistamines and anthisan cream

https://www.chemist-4-u.com/benadryl-al ... q8QAvD_BwE


https://www.chemist-4-u.com/anthisan-cr ... m8QAvD_BwE
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Re: Insect bites

Post by Ysverine » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:05 pm

Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:25 am
Avon skin so soft instead of repellent
I've heard that one touted before, does it actually work? :O If so then I might have to make a single exception to my Avon no-buy.

The only other thing I can think of that's not been mentioned is citronella oil - if you blend it with a carrier oil like almond or coconut then you can apply it to the skin and it keeps the mozzies away for a few hours.

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Re: Insect bites

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:23 pm

Ysverine wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:05 pm
Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:25 am
Avon skin so soft instead of repellent
I've heard that one touted before, does it actually work? :O If so then I might have to make a single exception to my Avon no-buy.

The only other thing I can think of that's not been mentioned is citronella oil - if you blend it with a carrier oil like almond or coconut then you can apply it to the skin and it keeps the mozzies away for a few hours.

Worked up in Stirling Scotland and kielder Northumberland ;)

One guy came to our BBQ with half the guest house chairs wood stain up his arms and pockmarked plastic glass's lenses it's nasty stuff
If your roughing it, Your doing it wrong ;)

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Re: Insect bites

Post by Ysverine » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:53 pm

Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:23 pm
Ysverine wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:05 pm
Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:25 am
Avon skin so soft instead of repellent
I've heard that one touted before, does it actually work? :O If so then I might have to make a single exception to my Avon no-buy.

Worked up in Stirling Scotland and kielder Northumberland ;)
Well, if it's Scotland-proof then that's the ultimate endorsement! :lol: I judge a lot of my bits and bobs depending on how well they hold up in the Highlands.

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Re: Insect bites

Post by pseudonym » Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:44 pm

If you want to smell of woodsmoke:

https://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Prod ... ummer-30g/

Never let me down

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Re: Insect bites

Post by dizzydays » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:59 pm

For the bites - I use hydrocortisone 1% cream. I've tried skin so soft but not convinced. Another ploy is to take Vitamin B tablets - apparently the insects can smell it through your skin and don't like it. Anyone had Vit B and still got bitten?

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Re: Insect bites

Post by jansman » Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:02 pm

pseudonym wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:44 pm
If you want to smell of woodsmoke:

https://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Prod ... ummer-30g/

Never let me down
Just ordered some. I got eaten alive whilst fishing yesterday.
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