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Lifestyle

“You’re too sweet.” At least that’s what some people say when I tell them I get eaten alive by mosquitos. It’s been an issue my entire life.  I swear I can walk outside during the summertime and almost immediately get a few mosquito bites or 10.  You would think at my age I would have figured out a remedy by now!

So, this past weekend, my fiance, David, and I went to Saint Helena Island in South Carolina with some friends.  Of course, being near the beach, we spent quite a bit of time outside.  And when I tell you I got eaten up by mosquitos… I mean it!  I’m pretty sure my legs look like I have chicken pox or something.

Mosquito Bites Or Something Else?

Now, I say they are mosquito bites… But I’ve also heard people say it could be those no-see-ums. I’ve heard of no-see-ums… but I don’t know how to tell the difference between those bites and mosquito bites.  According to Wikipedia, the actual name for no-see-ums is “Ceratopogonidae.” I wouldn’t even begin to try to pronounce that. Another name for them is “biting midges.”

As I read more about the no-see-ums, I’m beginning to think that might be what bit me.  Wikipedia says the females feed on the blood of vertebrates, including humans, to get protein for egg laying.  And apparently, the bites are painful and can cause “intensely itchy lesions.”  That sounds about right, because let me tell you… my legs have been itching like crazy for DAYS! I had a couple of bites on my arms, but those don’t seem to be near as bad as the bites on my legs!

I have tried so hard not to scratch my legs, but the itching has been really intense.  Mosquito bites or no-see-ums bites… either way, they are miserable to deal with.

Yes, I know I should use bug spray.  But I’m not a big fan of using chemicals on my body. I know there are natural alternatives, but I just don’t always think about it, because sometimes I’m only outside for a short time and get bitten.

Itch Remedies?

Throughout my life, and even just recently, I’ve tried a number of itch remedies.  But these bites are no joke. Even with some of the things I’ve tried, it’s not long before I’m itching again.

Here are the things I’ve tried:

  • Rubbing Alcohol

    Rubbing AlcoholRecently, I feel like this has given me the most relief, but it just doesn’t last long.  I pour some 91% rubbing alchocol on a cotton ball and rub it all over my legs.  The bad part is, it can burn!  But that’s because I have scratched at some of the bites and left sores.

  • Cortizone Cream

    Cortizone 10 Cream

    I’ve used this throughout the years.  Even the strongest one that’s on the market.  But I honestly don’t think it helps that much.

  • Lavender Oil

    Lavender Oil

    In the past few years, I’ve used essential oils for a lot of things.  Lavender has been good for many things, especially sunburns.  I know it’s good for itching too, so I put a couple drops in some lotion and rubbed it all over my legs.  I think this worked a little better than the Cortizone cream.

  • Blue Star Ointment

    Blue Star Ointment

    I bought this a few months ago for a weird itching issue I had with my feet that wasn’t athlete’s foot.  So, since I had it on hand, I figured I’d try it out for the bug bites.  It works okay… but it’s a really strong smell.  This is one I’d be more likely to use at night instead of during the day when I’m around people!

  • Prevention?

    Throughout my life, I’ve heard of many different ways to prevent mosquito bites… here are just a few of those!

  • Bug Spray

    Woman with backpack applying insect repellent agains mosquito and tick outdoors

    Perhaps the most obvious, and quickiest solution.  But, as I mentioned… I’m not a big fan of chemicals.  Plus, I don’t always remember to spray it on before heading outdoors.  And I don’t want to spray it on if I’m just going outside for a few minutes. I do know there are more natural sprays… which I need to look into.  I have made my own using essential oils before too!

  • Wear Long Sleeves and Pants

    Woman applying insect repellent against mosquito and tick on her leg before jogging in spring nature

    I’m not sure how much faith I have in this.  I’ve had bugs bite me through my clothing before.  And honestly, in this Georgia and South Carolina heat… no one wants to wear long sleeves and pants in the summer!

  • Wear Light Colored Clothing

    Young woman walking in summer field picking wheat wearing blue linen shirt and white jeans shirts. Natural stylish clothes. Comfortable fabric

    According to Country Living, wearing lighter colored clothing might help.  Some mosquitoes prefer darker colors.  Again, not sure how much I’d rely on this one for prevention!

  • Equip Your Outside Area

    Caucasian Pro Gardener in His 40s Insecticide Garden Plants. Summer Time Garden Maintenance. Landscaping Theme.

    There are a variety of ways to treat your outdoor space.  Obviously, there are many companies that provide bug treatment monthy. Also, you need to eliminate any standing water outside.

    You can also use a bug trap, which I haven’t always found to be highly effective.  There are also citronella candles you can burn.  And you can also use a fan, which can prevent bugs from wanting to be in the area of high air flow.

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