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No See Um Vanity: How do I get rid of the itch?

Posted on 08/15/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT by goodwithagun

We left the beach early Tuesday morning, but my no see um bites are still very present and still very itchy. I accidentally sliced a couple of them off of my legs while shaving. I'm requesting from the best folks I know: How do I stop the itch?


TOPICS: Gardening; Health/Medicine; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: noseeum; noseeums
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1 posted on 08/15/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT by goodwithagun
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To: goodwithagun

I´ve heard this street term, but the scientific name for these creatures is???????


2 posted on 08/15/2014 7:32:00 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: goodwithagun

cortisone cream


3 posted on 08/15/2014 7:32:15 PM PDT by Perdogg (I'm on a no Carb diet- NO Christie Ayotte Romney or Bush)
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To: rovenstinez

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratopogonidae


4 posted on 08/15/2014 7:33:23 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: Perdogg

Tried it. No relief! I’m wondering if I’m allergic to the little buggers.


5 posted on 08/15/2014 7:34:05 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Perdogg

Yep


6 posted on 08/15/2014 7:34:50 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: goodwithagun

Have you tried an analgesic?


7 posted on 08/15/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: goodwithagun

Benedryl?


8 posted on 08/15/2014 7:37:45 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: goodwithagun

Wait until the 8th year.


9 posted on 08/15/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: goodwithagun

Sorry. Goldwater lost and we are beyond a cure. Comprende?


10 posted on 08/15/2014 7:40:12 PM PDT by golux
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To: goodwithagun

Tried it. No relief! I’m wondering if I’m allergic to the little buggers.


Benedryl in pill form and hair dryer on the bites...heat makes the itch go away.

Worse than noseeums are the flying midges.

Good luck...I’m highly allergic too.


11 posted on 08/15/2014 7:41:14 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: goodwithagun

I hope you’re kidding. If not... praying for you that you find other subjects worth your attention rather than a couple of bug bites. Goodness! People are losing their heads and our country is going to hell.


12 posted on 08/15/2014 7:44:02 PM PDT by sueQ
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To: DefeatCorruption

I read on some random site to dip a cotton swab into boiling water, and then immediately touch the swab to a bite. I have a Pyrex cup in the microwave now. This could be interesting!


13 posted on 08/15/2014 7:44:16 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: sueQ

One might make the same comment regarding your choice to read this thread and enlighten us with your better-than-thou-art mantra. In other words, lighten up Francis.


14 posted on 08/15/2014 7:47:52 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Hot water, the hottest you can stand without scalding yourself. Get in the shower and run it over the bites for several minutes. Itching will stop and once you stop scratching should clear it up.


15 posted on 08/15/2014 7:49:29 PM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: goodwithagun

Ammonia.


16 posted on 08/15/2014 7:51:07 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Pelham

Appreciate the link.


17 posted on 08/15/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: goodwithagun

There is a product called “Chiggerex” that works very well on insect and chigger bites. I have bought it at Walmart and drug stores.


18 posted on 08/15/2014 7:53:46 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("911 is for when the backhoe won't start." JRandomFreeper)
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To: goodwithagun
My Step-Grandmother was a witch with home cures. She always used Witch hazel on bug bites. It could be amazing how the itch would be reduced.

Good thing, because biting blood suckers just love me.

19 posted on 08/15/2014 7:54:37 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Jed Eckert; Cboldt

Thanks!


20 posted on 08/15/2014 7:54:56 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

http://forums.webmd.com/3/skin-problems-and-treatments-exchange/forum/684/14

http://www.ehow.com/way_5209747_noseeum-bite-treatment.html

http://healthresearchfunding.org/handle-noseeum-bites/


21 posted on 08/15/2014 7:56:16 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: goodwithagun

My first choice would have been the hydrocortizone, but I’d try the following, starting first with what you have on hand. You may just want to go for it and pick up the Caladryl.

Vinegar

Kiwi (or papaya) slice

Witch Hazel

Epsom salts

Calamine lotion

Caladryl lotion


22 posted on 08/15/2014 7:56:32 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Clay Moore

I’ll check that out tomorrow - hubby is on a 24 hour shift and three little ones are in bed. Thanks for the info!


23 posted on 08/15/2014 7:56:46 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Calamine and caladryl did not work. I do have real apple cider vinegar with the mother in my pantry. I’m going to try that before the boiling water remedy I just read about.


24 posted on 08/15/2014 7:58:45 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

get in a tub with as hot a water as you can stand.
This will stop the itch for 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
If you want longer, apply calamine lotion over the affected area (there is a clear variety if you wish it’s less messy).
Also, Tri-Calm creme in the itch isle of the drug store (should be next to calamine).


25 posted on 08/15/2014 7:59:37 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: goodwithagun

Yes ma’am. I will lighten up. But FR (sorry to say) is nothing like it used to be. Hope you find some relief.


26 posted on 08/15/2014 8:00:42 PM PDT by sueQ
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To: doorgunner69

Witch hazel actually works.

Just as well, if not better, is aloe. Not from the stuff they sell in the store but from an aloe plant.

If you are a pepper, you need an aloe plant. They’re easy to grow and you just slice off a leaf (arm?) and squeeze out the healing goo.

I had a bea sting recently. Put aloe on immediately. Stopped the pain immediately. It works for burns, insect bites, canker sores and poison ivy.
Not sure about chiggers. But anything that stings burns or turns red.


27 posted on 08/15/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: goodwithagun

Do you have a staph infection? Put on witch hazel and see a dermatologist ASAP.


28 posted on 08/15/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT by Argus
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To: goodwithagun
This stuff.
29 posted on 08/15/2014 8:12:00 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: Cboldt

I second ammonia


30 posted on 08/15/2014 8:12:10 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: goodwithagun

Sancudo = “No see um” in Navajo


31 posted on 08/15/2014 8:17:14 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: goodwithagun

See if the drug store has something called “Absorbine Jr.”


32 posted on 08/15/2014 8:19:11 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: goodwithagun

Rubbing alcohol will kill the itch.


33 posted on 08/15/2014 8:20:43 PM PDT by Mama25 (Do not forget that every people deserves the regime it is willing to endure. (White Rose leaflet 1))
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To: goodwithagun

You have mail.


34 posted on 08/15/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: goodwithagun

Make a small amount of paste composed of baking soda and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Totally benign, unlike many other “home remedies”; cheap, too. Apply as needed. Should take 3-4 apps first day, 1-2 the next 2 days, then . . . itch gone.


35 posted on 08/15/2014 8:27:26 PM PDT by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: goodwithagun

Benadryl anti-itch cream. Sounds like you’re having an allergic reaction. Antihistamines too.


36 posted on 08/15/2014 8:27:57 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: sueQ

“I hope you’re kidding. If not... praying for you that you find other subjects worth your attention rather than a couple of bug bites. Goodness! People are losing their heads and our country is going to hell.”

You win the Unfeeling Post Award - probably because you have never felt a good case of No-See’m bites.

For certain, you have never acquired a large number of Chigro bites.

Both of the above bites can drive some people into a level of discomfort that has to be observed. No, you do Not want to experience it.


37 posted on 08/15/2014 8:30:46 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: sueQ

No dear, I hope YOU are kidding! If I spent every minute of every day focused on the worlds problems (that I can do very little if anything about) I would lose my mind. Lighten up a little.


38 posted on 08/15/2014 8:36:27 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: goodwithagun
Sea turtle - cool!

No see ums - very uncool. Thanks for the thread, though. Have a couple of mosquito bites driving me nuts today. They're located right where the straps to my sandals could irritate them all day. I'm going to try the remedy down-thread involving baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The Gold Bond anti-itch cream and hydrocortizone cream have both failed me today.

39 posted on 08/15/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: goodwithagun

All other advice is good.

But if all else fails, old-hat advice works every time:

1. Pour a shot
2. Drink a shot
3. Repeat until no itch (or no care).

:)


40 posted on 08/15/2014 8:38:13 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: goodwithagun

“I accidentally sliced a couple of them off of my legs while shaving.”

Wow! I do hope that you are female! ;-)


41 posted on 08/15/2014 8:41:23 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: sueQ

No it’s not the same but then again nothing is the same.

There have been threads asking for help and advice like this since I first started visiting sometime in 1998. Some have become classics.


42 posted on 08/15/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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To: goodwithagun

Witch hazel.


43 posted on 08/15/2014 8:42:51 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Bill W was a conservative

Just tried it - no itching for the first time all day. Thanks!


44 posted on 08/15/2014 8:43:07 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: goodwithagun

Don’t try to stop the itching, try to stop caring that it itches. Really strong narcotic analgesics would work, the kind they give you when you break a leg. But oh, you are not an adult, so the nanny state won’t let you have any.

Scratch away.


45 posted on 08/15/2014 8:51:15 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

You must’ve missed mine (#40)


46 posted on 08/15/2014 8:52:40 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: goodwithagun

Remove all your clothes, smear bacon grease and Benadryl on all bitten areas and run around your house 3 times nakid.

Won’t do a think for the bites but will amuse your neighbors.


47 posted on 08/15/2014 8:57:58 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Cboldt

Ding, ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. Works for chiggers, sqeeters, anything that make ya itch.


48 posted on 08/15/2014 9:15:09 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: goodwithagun

“but my no see um bites are still very present...”

uP here in them mountains we done defang them thar no-see-ums when they is born.


49 posted on 08/15/2014 9:16:11 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: goodwithagun

Kerosene and a lighter?


50 posted on 08/15/2014 9:40:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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