Hannah
Devoted September 2019

Mosquito Bites

Hannah, on July 19, 2019 at 4:00 PM Posted in Fitness and Health 0 22
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I need HELP. I don’t know why, but the mosquito population has increased in my city this year and I cannot keep them off me. I try to wear long sleeves and pants and bug spray when I can, but even just one hour without taking those precautions leaves me with 10+ bites and they are UGLY - they get so swollen and red and by the time they’re gone, I’m left with dark spots that I can’t get rid of. I really really don’t want to be covered in blemishes during my wedding in two months - what are some home remedies for mosquito bites that work and get rid of them fast???

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Latest activity by Pirate & 60s Bride, on July 30, 2019 at 9:20 PM
  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    I use Benadryl extra strength stop itching gel. It takes away the itch completely and almost cools the skin and takes away the redness. They have it at Target, Walmart.

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  • LB
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    Ugh I get the WORST bug bites. I find the "wood" version of bug spray seems to work best and just some high percentage hydro-cortisone. Being a mosquito magnet is the worst. I can definitely empathize.

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  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
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    Hydrocortisone, Benadryl immediately after getting bitten. Moisturizing and healing lotions.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    Benadryl for sure. But I also wear this mosquito repellent band and it seems to work for me and I usually get eaten alive by them. Maybe try those to prevent more?
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  • Hannah
    Devoted September 2019
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    Great idea - glad to know those bands work
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  • C
    Beginner October 2019
    Christina ·
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    Stratoderm is awesome for healing them fast!
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  • Saki
    Dedicated October 2019
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    I have the same problem and mosquitoes love me and they swell up etc etc as well. I'm Asian and swear by tiger balm, but it does have a strong scent. I was using extra strength benadryl, but somehow the tiger balm works better.

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  • Hannah
    Devoted September 2019
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    Interesting I use tiger balm for everything, but I didn’t know it was good for skin too! Thanks
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  • Selena
    Super September 2019
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    I always get large red welts from mosquito bites as well. I swear by hydrocortisone cream
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
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    Where do y’all live where mosquitoes are terrible??? Hubby & I are thinking of moving to the south but are nervous about 1) heat, 2) bugs. But affordable housing & less traffic sounds dreamy.
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  • S
    Expert October 2019
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    The mosquitoes love me too unfortunately 😭 not really a repellant or cute, but I saw you’re worried about how they may look on your wedding day. If you’re getting airbrush makeup your artist should be able to cover it up and once it dries the makeup won’t smudge off.
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  • 8Bitbek
    Devoted October 2020
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    I feel this in my soul. I too am a mosquito magnet and also blow up like a balloon when they bite me.

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  • Samantha
    Super August 2019
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    The Bengay Tiger cooling ointment not only keeps bugs at bay but helps with the itch and swelling. I used it in Asia and it helped immensely in addition to my bug spray.
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  • Sarah
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    My number 1 suggestion- DO NOT SCRATCH!!! mosquitoes love me, so I feel your pain. It's hard, but if I don't scratch, the itching goes away in an hour or so and I don't get any red bumps or scabs.

    I also bought a device from Target that emits a high frequency sound that is supposed to keep mosquitoes away. I don'n know how well it really works, but it's worth a try! Good luck!

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  • Tbear
    Devoted October 2019
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    I swear by these whenever I go fishing.

    https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lawn-and-garden/insect-and-animal-control/insect-repellents/7259898?x429=true&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMImsHo2ffI4wIVCZ6fCh0bcQHDEAQYBCABEgJu3vD_BwE

    The only time that they don't really work is if there's a good breeze

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    I LOVE Burt’s bees bug spray. It’s natural ingredients (just like oils and stuff) and works better than any other bug spray I’ve used... and it doesn’t have the chemicals that most other bug sprays have, and I actually think it smells pretty good lol.

    Also Afterbite is amazing if you’ve already gotten bit. It’s a little stick and you can just carry it in your purse... the sooner you can get it on after you get bit, the better. Like you know that point where it’s starting to get a little itchy but it hasn’t swelled up yet? If you can get the afterbite on at that point, it sometimes has completely prevented it from swelling for me!
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  • Miranda
    Beginner October 2020
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    I feel you I am like mosquito bate too. So a few things:

    If you are worried about mosquitoes being around on your wedding day a few things to try:

    1) Lavender, smells pretty, looks pretty but is a natural bug repellent as well as lemon grass.

    2) TerraShield, from doTERRA, its an essential oil mix, I thought it was crazy but worth a shot and it has done wonders for me. It'l mot sticky, I actually like the smell, it natural. You don't need a lot for it to work. Down side it's not cheep

    3) I'm mot sure what your wedding theme is but at Lowes and Homedepot. (I'm sure you can find it on amazon as well) they sell touch oil (like for tekkie torches) that have citronella and cider in them. It's a blue liquid. But that stuff is works really well. If you have little mason jars made into torches at each table that should definitely help keep them away and they look kinda cute. You can also put a little, as if it were lighter fluid in a fire pit and have a fire pit going. or just do tekkie torches.

    4) Vitamin B (This one I haven't tried but have seen on pinttrest). Supposably is you increase your into of Vitamin B when you sweat bugs will be less attracted to the smell.


    Recovery/covering the scares:

    1) For the scares that you already have coconut oil and any lotion that has vitamin E in it will help the healing process. I think there are come concealers that may have vitamin E in them as well. The vitamin E helps your skin recover, it's recommended when people have bad scares they want to heal fast. You should be able to find a lotion that is based with vitamin E & coconut oil, & Alovera in Walmart in the pharmacy/lotion and medicine section.

    2) I've heard that if you have bug bites putting deodorant on them helps prevent the itching, I haven't personally tried this one but have friends who swear by it.


    I hope at least one of these things can help you out. Good luck!

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  • Hannah
    Devoted September 2019
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    We are in Albuquerque!! Mosquitoes aren't usually prevalent at all here which is why I'm so surprised by the amount of bites I've gotten. I can honestly say that this year is worse than the year I spent in Michigan. They've never been a problem for me here, but this has been a wetter summer than usual so they're all over the place, ESPECIALLY by the river where we live.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
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    Oh yikes! That IS weird. Our friends just moved to TN and said they bite like crazy there. Yikes.

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  • Kayla
    Devoted November 2019
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    Girl you're not alone, try camphphenique!

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