Quickie Mosquito bite help needed :)

#1 Oct 9th, 2015, 18:04
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Hi guys.
Halfway through my trip and have made friends with lots of mosquito's this year.

Ankles and hands being the worst affected areas and I must be itching in my sleep because I'm waking up really sore, ankle ones look a bit open/too red and lumpy.

I've been to a hole in the wall chemist but I'm not sure they understand my problem. Is there anything specific I should ask for? All these chemical names mean nothing to me. Anyway, I've been given something called 'FourDerm' which Google says is just for acne...but if it'll stop me itching for a few days, maybe I'll give it a go?

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Hi Spud,

Take some aspirin, wet it slightly, and rub on the bites. It will stop the itch.

Good luck.
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I'm not sure it'll be easy to find there but essential oil of lavender works wonders for my family & me on itchy mosquito bites (the American mosquito bites, anyway!!). I hope you get some relief.
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There is an Indian Calamine lotion that has an added mild antihistamine content, it is called Calladryl. You should find it at any pharmacist. It will soothe and cool.

If the bites look in infected, and they often are, ask for an antiseptic ointment.

I don't know of an equivalent to Lanacaine for stopping the pain/itch, but I sometimes put Dolgel ointment --- which is actually used for mouth sores.

If you really have lots of bites, ask a chemist (or a doc) (or google) for a non-drowsy antihistamine tablet.

and...

You left home with Anthisan and Germolene? Shame on you!

(I have Anthisan within arm's reach always. I buy a heap of it when I'm in UK)

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Hi guys
Thanks for all your suggestions

It's gone 0415 here in Jaipur. Woke up again. Not sore but wanting to itch hands again. The FourDerm cream isn't working?

Nick, I will ask reception at ReGenTa to recommend a better chemist than the tiny hole in the wall ones. Will try for this Calladryl & antiseptic cream.
I did leave home without Anthisan & Germoline - but I've not had mosquito problems for a few years.

I've got some asprin on me so I'll try your wet-n-rub idea Yamdancer. Ashgirl - thanks for your suggestion too!

Cheers!
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The itch will go away soon, with or without itch creams, but mosquito-borne diseases are forever (or so). It's crazy to allow yourself to be bitten in the days of dengue and chloroquine-resistant malaria. Use DEET-based repellants.

PS FourDerm is not an acne cream, it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory (steroid). The first part will help if you have scratched so hard as to infect it. The second part will help reduce inflammation---but my experience is that steroids don't help much with insect bites.

PPS Taking medications to India is like carrying coals to you-know-where-since-you're-English. The Indian equivalent of Anthisan is Anthical; they're antihistamine creams. If you can't find Anthical, ask for any antihistamine cream. Topical antihistamines don't help with insect bites any more than steroids do---they work via the placebo effect. Insect bites do subside on their own, whatever you do or don't do; so whatever you do will get the credit. But hey, whatever [seems to] work.
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Has anyone mentioned "Odomos" ? It keeps 'em away
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Try an allergy pill works wonders for me !!! and please get some odomos !
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Talking A day late and loonie short

Since '13 I have been carrying an oil I got from brazilian Amazon called andiroba oil, which works ! Being a shaman & alternative medicine sceptic, I was reluctant to use it initially, but you don't mess around in them amazonian rainforests.

Andiroba oil has been studied and there are clinical studies and peer reviewed articles published on its usage.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post The itch will go away soon, with or without itch creams, but mosquito-borne diseases are forever (or so). It's crazy to allow yourself to be bitten in the days of dengue and chloroquine-resistant malaria. Use DEET-based repellants.
It seems that they didn't have a taste for Spud on previous trips, so he did not expect, and was not armed against, the problem

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PS FourDerm is not an acne cream, it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory (steroid). The first part will help if you have scratched so hard as to infect it. The second part will help reduce inflammation---but my experience is that steroids don't help much with insect bites.
Mine too. Have tried, and then gone back to antihistamine.

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PPS Taking medications to India is like carrying coals to you-know-where-since-you're-English.
True, Usually I'm travelling the other way with a bag full of medicines, eg a course of wide-spectrum antibiotic, because seeing a doc just to get a prescription would be so much hassle in UK.

However, I take back one or two old favourites such as TCP, Germolene (yes, the smell probably does as much good as the medicine)... and Anthisan (or cheaper Boots equivalent).

The Indian anti-septic skin ointment that we use is Candiderma.

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The Indian equivalent of Anthisan is Anthical; they're antihistamine creams. If you can't find Anthical, ask for any antihistamine cream.
This is odd, because I've tried. I've even printed out the webpage for our pharmacist, who was unable to get it. I have asked doctors, and drawn a blank. Maybe it's personal. Maybe the mossies have bribed them not to sell antihistamine creams to me!

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Topical antihistamines don't help with insect bites any more than steroids do---they work via the placebo effect. Insect bites do subside on their own, whatever you do or don't do; so whatever you do will get the credit. But hey, whatever [seems to] work.
If I have so many bites I feel like my whole body is reacting, then I find that topical (woops, I ment the opposite, systemic, thanks RPG) antihistamines are the answer. It's tough to even put cream on ten or twenty places! Placebo? Of course, I don't know the answer to that . I don't want to think about it in case it makes it not work next time I need it!

non-non-drowsy antihistamine is, of course drowsy. Some are as powerful as a sleeping pill. Better than staying awake all night scratching!

Having a plague of mosquitoes here too. Usually only a couple get through our defences, but last night I killed seven or eight. And yes, they are biting.

The prophecy is true, by the way: after ten years, my reaction to many mosquito bites has reduced substantially. But not all.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post If I have so many bites I feel like my whole body is reacting, then I find that topical antihistamines are the answer. It's tough to even put cream on ten or twenty places! Placebo? Of course, I don't know the answer to that . I don't want to think about it in case it makes it not work next time I need it!

non-non-drowsy antihistamine is, of course drowsy. Some are as powerful as a sleeping pill. Better than staying awake all night scratching!
"Topical" means "applied directly to a part of the body" (in this case the skin).

An antihistamine pill does work better than cream against insect bites,
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"Topical" means "applied directly to a part of the body" (in this case the skin).
Ah, yes... so it does. Well, I got that 100% wrong!

The other word is systemic, right?

Got anything for brain cells?
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This may be a silly question but... you are sure the itchiness is to do with mosquito bites?

You mention ankles - I wonder if you are using socks all the time to keep mozzies away, and if they are affecting you in conjunction with the heat and dry weather? The difference in humidity between UK and Rajasthan is huge, you are moisturizing, right?
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Moisturising? He has a full facial, manicure and pedicure, every evening. Can't you tell from his avatar?





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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Moisturising? He has a full facial, manicure and pedicure, every evening. Can't you tell from his avatar?



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The Kumartuli sculptor rushed Nick - 25 mins start to finish...and it dried a bit wrinkly.

But no Rasika, no moisturiser, ever. & I work in a hot dusty place (food powders).
Was wearing the wrong socks, I accidentally packed 'hidden' trainer liners, but these are now replaced with normal short socks, open Keen sandals too (which I'd never leave home without) so maybe not the best choice of clothing.

I noticed the last two hotels that I've stayed in actually provided little bottles of moisturiser, maybe I should have indulged?

The bites. Feeling better today. Just not needed to itch at all.

In Delhi tonight, tomorrow Varanasi

thank you everyone

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