February 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm #247068
Hi guys. Well on Valentine’s Day my hubby went down to Mandurah…otherwise known as the mozzie capital of Australia. Even though he had repellant on he got slaughtered. His arms and legs are covered in bites. The red lumps/bites really started coming up yesterday (monday) and he is going insane as they are super itchy and even painful. By 9pm last night his feet has started swelling up and even after giving him phenergan and spraying him head to foot with stingose he got no relief. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do to give him some relief please?
What is scary is the fact that we have to go back down there next Saturday for the wedding (he was attacked on the bucks night).
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
SashaFebruary 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm #396154
pinetarsol… you get it from the chemist and is wonderful stuff…. :tup::tup:
:hug: for DH… We have heaps of march flies atm and I know a little about he is feeling… The rotten things love me!!!February 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm #396155
Homeopathic Ledum, if you have access to it.
The itch is due to injected foreign proteins, so in theory anything acidic should help to break them down. Try white vinegar or, even better, mashed kiwifruit. And even if that doesn’t work, it’s a lot of fun and tastes good too!February 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm #396156
I was doing some work out on the Oodnadatta Track a little while back and was attacked by sandflies, which I think are way worse than mozzies. The bites take longer to come up (about 12 hours) so you dont even know they are biting you until it is way too late to try to stop them (you dont feel anything when the do actually bite you)
Then when the bites do come up they are like big itchy, saw lumps, some of mine were the size of 20 cent pieces. Best thing I found was to not try to scratch them in the first place (not the best of advice if you have then because that is pretty much impossible) but then a realistic solution is cold packs. Being in the middle of nowhere (100km to the nearest outback town) I had to use what i had, What I did was to wet a couple of facewashers then put them on the freezer, once they were frozen id use it as a cold compress instead of itching them, It did provide relief for a little bit, frozen peas would do the same.
Once I got back to town I went and stocked up on aeroguard, bushmans, rid and phenergan. It was funny when I went to the chemist to ask them what would be best if it happened again they were hesitant about recomending phenergan because it’s not non-drowsy, i said that will doo me fine, if it happens again I wouldnt mind at all about being knocked out for a day or so, or even just getting a goood nights sleep!!
I did find that RID, in a purple can, find it with aerogaurd stuff, also helped. Its a insect repellant but it can also be used like stingose to give relief after being bitten, Its not natural but when you are in that frame you dont care what it is, I was waking myself up at night scratching myself nice scabs I was that itchy.
best of luck :hug:February 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm #396157
Thanks guys. :hug: I am about to go and cover him with vinegar and see what happens. If that fails we will go to plan B…Pinetarsol.February 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm #396158
The funny thing is they don’t really bother me much at all but they love my hubby….hmmm must be the O negative blood he has pumping through his veins. I say this because I realised the last time we went to Mandurah myself and #1 sonwith O positive blood hardly saw a mozzie and yet Brian, #2 and #3 son got harrassed and they are all O neg blood type. Wonder if mozzies look at us like wine or something and the O negs are like champagne or something:lol:.
So next question….any ideas what I can put on Brian on Saturday for when we have to return to the scene of the crime for our friends wedding? He is making noises about not attending now so he is more uncomfortable than he is letting on. I know he wouldn’t be talking of missing his best mates wedding otherwise.February 16, 2009 at 11:58 pm #396159
I have some suggestions:
B vitamins are a good preventative. If you take thiamine it makes you smell less tasty to the little beggars. If he starts taking some now he should be good for next weekend.
If you have antihistamine before you are bitten it’s much more effective. I’d recommend zyrtec, especially if he’ll be drinking – phenergan and alcohol aren’t good mixers.
Those little mozzie zapper things actually work, especially if you use it as soon as you are bitten. Amcal pharmacies sell them.
Yes the cold packs are good on any areas that do swell.
Stuff like soov is good, but even better if you can get it is anthisan. It’s a topical antihistamine cream but I’ve never seen it in Oz. If you have any kiwi friends they might have some. I get my Mum to bring me some when she comes to visit.
🙂February 17, 2009 at 12:00 am #396160
Oh, and of course insect repellent! I normally find a low-irritant one is good enough with the other precautions, but if he wants to go nuclear, look for one that has a high proportion of DEET.February 17, 2009 at 12:08 am #396161
My little DS suffers terribly from bites, his poor little legs are all sores and bleeding:tdown::@ – we have been told dettol and all sort so things (alot of which we NEVER use esp on our skins):jawdrop:
Recently we were told toothpaste
We are currently trialling (at home;)) that to see if it relieves the reddness and the itchFebruary 17, 2009 at 12:22 am #396162
Metho works for me. You have to pour it on asap. It takes out the immediate itch. Thus it stops initial scratching until antihistimines, etc can take effect if you need them.February 17, 2009 at 12:25 am #396163
Stingose, wonderful stuff :tup:February 17, 2009 at 1:01 am #396164
Thanks again guys. I have already shoved a couple of vitamin B’s down his throat…with a hell of a lot of protesting too…men!!! He had his Aeroguard on but as the bucks night celebrations were held on a boat/pontoon thing he was one of the many that ended up in the water during the course of the evening so it obviously washed off. That will teach him not to take the stuff with him. I advised him to take his satchel with him with his aeroguard and a change of clothes but no….that would be too girly, instead he gets eaten alive and spent over 9 hours in damp clothes so he would be seen as manly…. I think the lesson has been learnt (learned?). I keep telling him that his wife is wise:geek: but he keeps going against my advice and coming unstuck most of the time. He has now decided to wear long pants…well he was going to wear long pants for the ceremony and then change into his shorts later on as many people were doing the same thing….he is now going to leave his long pants on for the duration (I think something actually sunk in:metal:).February 17, 2009 at 1:18 am #396165
I live in Mandurah the kids can not go out side after about 4 they are so bad. My computer is in the sun room and they are trying to carry me of as I type. its the worst I have ever seen them.
But a good product I have found is BushMate I think its from Rockingham. There is a web site on the bottle http://www.hydrosan.com.auFebruary 17, 2009 at 1:21 am #396166
Ok, sure fire relief from the sting and itching is…….vicks, its magic and the eucalyptus in it is an antiseptic and stops them getting infected:tup:February 17, 2009 at 1:27 am #396167
That’s interesting RTB. My SIL is Chinese, and when they were out for Xmas she had a little pot of some sort of balm that smelt like it had menthol in it. She carried it everywhere and it went on any stings, bites and grazes. It seemed to work.
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