Help for itchy bites

jusdewit(z7TX)November 4, 2003

I read this somewhere-then tried it,and it works!Get a washcloth wet with the VERY hottest water you can tolerate and immediately press it firmly on the itchy spot. (The more it burns at first,the better the results for me.) Supposedly this confuses/over-amps the nerve endings in that area so that any sensation of "itch" is greatly reduced or eliminated for long periods.No pain,no gain!

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ezgrower(z5 IL)

I've found the same sort of thing works for poison ivy rash (except I run the hottest water I can stand over the rash).

    Bookmark   November 14, 2003 at 2:38PM
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taylor_tx(zone 8 TX)

white vinegar

    Bookmark   March 14, 2004 at 2:15PM
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chinacat_sunflower(7)

aldolph's meat tenderizer works well on bites and stings...

I use hot vinegar on everything else.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2004 at 10:55AM
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leubafr(z8/9)

Skim milk dabbed on poison ivy not only helps with the itching but it speeds up healing. Dab it often.
Leubafr

    Bookmark   March 16, 2004 at 7:57AM
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captstinky(9 WCentral)

Raw onions rubbed into skeeter bites makes them gow away. Also basil leaves help take the itch out; plus they smell better than the onions.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2004 at 12:17PM
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mcrean1(z8 GA)

My son says Mom's kisses seem to work. Good for boo-boo's too.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2004 at 11:56PM
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scooty(6)

For mosquito and blackfly bites I use household ammonia. It works, just be patient. Try to not scratch too much before the ammonia goes on - otherwise you will scream.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2004 at 3:58PM
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APRIL_823(Z9 TEXAS)

There is a product called "Itch Eraser"- the main ingredient is ammonia as listed above. It really works, you can buy it at Academy. It's comes in a container that looks like an inkpen.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2004 at 1:36PM
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cynthiacTX(z8TX)

I soak in some baking soda and warm water. That works great for fire ant bites, and hornet or bee stings! Pulls out the poison.

I also put Ambesol on the bites; esp. for mosquito bites. It takes ALL the feeling out of them.

Ambesol worked great for my dog when she had a couple hot spots. The vet approved the idea and started telling other patients. Great when you can't make it to the vet that day. Because they will chew themselves raw. :(

    Bookmark   March 23, 2004 at 12:19AM
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bolecke(5 OH)

Jewelweed cream for Poison ivy..not a bite, but itchy

    Bookmark   March 24, 2004 at 6:34PM
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angiebeagles

I've also heard that regular dish soap, full strength on fire ant bites. Since i have picked up that bit of information, i have not had the opportunity to try it (yet- it's only a matter of time however). But i will also remember the baking soda, just in case!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2004 at 9:18AM
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shaylaroo(7)

I seem to be a itchy bug biters magnet. Even in weather when no mosquitoes are generally complained about....YEP, that one rogue demom skitter finds me!! Two of my three daughters also inherited this problem. I have to spray the 7 yr. olds clothing before bed and again for the day!! As for taking away the itch----I thought I had exhausted every available avenue. Alas, hot as you can stand it water. Wash clothe or right in the water stream. Depending on where your bite is. I use the microwave to keep reheating the damp/wet compress so I can do it more then once on my tough itiches. Last summer I scored 25 bits from the waist up in 15 min with a shirt and deets on. Help!!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2004 at 10:51AM
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joy4me(z6 NY)

Mylanta on rashes
bleach dabbed on bites
ammonia dabbed on bites
aloe vera gel on either

JoyW

    Bookmark   March 26, 2004 at 12:33PM
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BobHanford(NY)

A wet tea-bag put on a bee-sting works great. It is the tannic acid in the tea that instantly dulls the pain. Unfortunately, as soon as the bag is removed the pain returns, but as long as it is secured in place it works.

I suspect the effect would be the same for itchy-ness.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2004 at 11:29PM
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dusty_rose_lag2004(z7b NC)

I use an ice cube on mosquito bites! Works for me!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2004 at 12:44AM
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lotter(z5/6 swOH)

Vinegar or ammonia are good for itchy bites/rashes. They seem to neutralize the toxin that causes the itch.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2004 at 1:28PM
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Robin_northtexas(z8 dfw tx)

When my BF had poison ivy he would use a blow dryer as hot as he could stand it. It releases the histamines. Also dabbing on bleach(it doesn't sting) and then rinsing off well works. Robin

    Bookmark   May 20, 2004 at 9:07PM
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jungl_cat

I get bites behind the knees that swell to almost palm-size and itch like hell. I've found that rubbing gels for pain relief, like Blue Ice (used for sore muscles, backache, sprains, arthritic/rheumatic pain, etc.) when rubbed around the bite area helps soothe the itch when the heat kicks in. it may be worth a try, I find it works well for me and is long lasting as well.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2004 at 12:49AM
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jimbo45247(ohio)

Our recent issue of Parents magazine recommends stick deodorant for mosquito bites. My daughter gets rather large welts from mosquito bites and I tried the deod treatment. The swelling went down drastically after one application, and the itching disappeared. Only drawback...she didn't like the scent. Guess I'll use mom's stuff next time that smells pretty.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2004 at 12:09PM
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intheboot(z5 ny)

I see this is an old post but I have to add. I have suffered, yes suffered with bug bites for years and have found to my delight a 'cure'

The hair dryer. It does work. I cannot vouch for how your husband will feel, being woken up at 3am with the blow dryer going beside the bed, but after 20 seconds of that the itch is gone. Better he is a little stirred than you scratching for hours.

I only found this a month ago but myself and young son have been delighted with the results.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2004 at 7:48PM
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angelfairy(Z-8 S.AL)

Poison Ivy and other rashes: Homeopathic remedy Rhus Tox 6X-30C strengths. Works like magic.

Fire Ants: Lightly dab bleach on bites and rinse off after a minute or two. You will get no reaction what-so-ever from the bites/stings they produce. Dilute to 20% for children and do not use on very young children or anyone with sensitive skin.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2004 at 12:19PM
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potty(7long island)

i read somewhere that impatients were good for bug bites. not sure how you use them though.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2005 at 10:58AM
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donnalah

next time you are stung by ants, smear the "Secret" (solid regular white) deodorant on.....within seconds, the itchy burn stops!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 1:50PM
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dorisl(5)

benadryl.

:)

    Bookmark   October 2, 2007 at 10:24AM
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grannyant

Colloidal silver - takes away the itch, reduces the swelling.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 2:48AM
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junek-2009

Try toothpaste - it does really work!!! Just a little dab will do.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 7:56PM
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meg_y_live_com

Yup, I know this is gross but if you put some syliva on your finger and hold it against you itchy bite, it takes the itch away!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 11:34PM
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heatherlaca_yahoo_com

I use "After Bite" it contains ammonia too. Its also pretty cheap. around 2 to 3 dollars and it works immediately.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 2:37PM
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Leswedeen_hotmail_com

Ok I know this sounds strange but it REALLY works!!!!! If u take a lighter and hold it as close to your skin as possible for as long as you can take it it'll make the itch go away!:) trust me just try it it REALLY works

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 11:11PM
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kim48(NM6)

Tea tree oil works great. Just dab some on and the itch disappears, then the redness does too. I am allergic and this worked instantly for me.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 6:30PM
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