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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Marshall, Jul 3, 2019.
Our patrone at a b and b in Puglia had one of those electric zappers. Brilliant!
I have every sympathy! The insects love me and I'm allergic to mosquito bites so they always get infected. I've got it down to about 3 bites a holiday now by covering up and using Mosi-Guard.It's the only repellent that works for me even though it doesn't contain DEET. I also take anti-histamine tablets before and during my holiday and apply hydrocortisone cream to any bites. I've bought Mosi-Guard extra this year - anything to reduce the risk!
Although it's very unlikely, watch out for sepsis just in case.
I'm using 'past sell by date' TCP. I have a brand new bottle but I want to use up the other first. I generally soldier on. Maybe these bites are worth opening the brand new bottle for.
This is my attitude to my personal wellbeing.
Generally speaking English bugglies stay off me, but I find Eurobugglies aren't so inhibited.
I spent a week wild camping on a remote beach in Scotland a couple of years ago and there was a Lifesystems Expedition grade repellent that worked just fine me, whilst other chaps in hats with full face nets were swatting the little b*ggers off themselves. Only problem was it contained Deet which isn't good for you in prolonged doses. That way I managed to keep the McMidges off me, only to fall victim to two Tick bites when I sneaked off for my morning poop in the bracken. Fortunately it didn't go beyond a faint rash - another bloke got Tick bitten and ended up in hospital with Lyme's Disease a few days later.
Personally I'd pay more attention to avoiding Ticks than bugglies in some places. Don't go prancing around in shorts and sandals in bracken and other dense undergrowth.
Avon Skin so Soft seems to work for me. It smells much nicer than insect repellent too.
I keep reading the title as "I'm a babe magnet!" ...
Uuurghhhhh- there are mozzies in the house tonight. Only my son has escaped being bitten so far.
I order 100 ml bottles of Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil from "the Bay" and use it neat on my exposed skin, particularly my lower limbs. So far I've had no bites at all this year. Ordinary Eucalyptus oil works too. Add in some lemon grass and tea tree if you're particularly susceptible to bites, but test a small area of skin first.
Do you dilute it with something first?
My first visit to Scotland 40 years ago, no one toldme about the midges. I thought I had some dreadful disease!! I counted my bites: 36 on right leg; 27 on left leg; 15 on neck, etc, etc.
The only thing which works with me is Jungle Fever (I think that's its name) with 50% Deet.
In the Amazon, I was told cover up with light coloured clothes. I had white, long-sleeved shirts = no bites on arms, but only dark trousers = lots of bites.
I take Piriton tablets when the itching gets unbearable - they do help.
Mozzies & midges - awful things.
One of my bites is very angry and definitely infected - pus, swollen leg - the whole nine yards
Really could do without this at the moment.
Docs tomorrow - if I can ger in/
That is one helluva long leg!
Don't forget the fate of Howard Carter's patron, Lord Carnarvon.
If you can't get an appointment with your doctor, go to your nearest NHS Walk-In Centre. https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Walk-in centre/LocationSearch/663
They know how to prevent the Curse of the Mummy's Tomb.
Went to barn wedding yesterday. was covered in tiny black things that didn't even look as it they could fly.
Woke up 7 a.m. (wtcluck?) covered in bites.
In the Amazon, I learned to appreciate mosquito bites after suffering one night when I was attacked by sand flies. Those bites hurt AS they bite you, then itch like absolute mothers and turned into blisters. Still have the scars from a couple that immediately became infected.
Ah, sand flies. Their bites are almost unbearably itchy and prone to becoming "pizzas". Our local clinic in the Philippines cleaned out 47 on one leg alone.
I'm told the worst sandflies live in New Zealand.