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Clegg bite remedies
« on: June 27, 2011, 10:40:45 PM »
Having totally enjoyed myself in the Sun and warmth on Sunday, I'm now paying the piper so to speak. Several CLEGG fly bites are currently driving me mad  :confused:

So anyone out there got any remedies no matter how daft, as at the moment I'd probably try it.

The best thing I have found so far is an ice pack, but with a few bites on each arm it's proving tricky to keep them in place and type  :grin:

 
Jerry


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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 11:18:55 PM »
Having totally enjoyed myself in the Sun and warmth on Sunday, I'm now paying the piper so to speak. Several CLEGG fly bites are currently driving me mad  :confused:

So anyone out there got any remedies no matter how daft, as at the moment I'd probably try it.

The best thing I have found so far is an ice pack, but with a few bites on each arm it's proving tricky to keep them in place and type  :grin: .

Jerry, first thing, get some antihistames - Zirtek, Piriteze anything like that which is just one tablet a day.

I always use Benadryl - you can get it in a tube or in liquid.  Both are good but they are pink.  The liquid is nice because you can dab it on and its quite cooling - dab loads on so that you get a thick coating.  The ointment is also very good and easier to carry about with you - again put plenty on, but gently rub it on otherwise you start the itch off again.

I have found this better than any of the mild hydrocortisone ointments you can buy over the counter.  Its good for any bites and of course sun burn.

Linda

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 09:27:11 AM »
I've also found hydrocortisone cream to be totally useless. Savlon cream works quite well for me.

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 08:51:55 AM »
Thanks folks, I'm now armed with some replelent which has 50% Deet.
Jerry

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2011, 11:15:27 PM »
Be careful with the Deet based products - they can sometimes affect plastic and rubber, such as binocular eyecups and casings, and cameras.


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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 09:38:58 PM »
Thanks Indigo, I don't like to use the stuff if at all possible. It would be really nice if there was a natural repellent that worked.
Jerry

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 09:29:36 PM »
Try Mosiguard if you can get it. We've been using it for years and it works on midges and mosquitos. It's based on Citriodiol, , and is one of three chemicals shown in US studies to be effective, Deet being another.

You will smell of lemon though.  It comes in various forms, we use the pump spray. Only thing is it's getting some sort of re-branding and is hard to get at the moment - though Amazon has dealers selling it.  It's also good abroad - spray a line of and ants won't cross it to enter your room!

One thing has always bothered me with all of these - you can't really handle insects wearing insect repellent.

http://www.mosi-guard.com/

Others swear by 'Skin so soft' - you'll smell of lavender instead. But it's not approved against mosquitos.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2011, 09:48:35 PM by Indigo »

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2011, 04:26:44 PM »
I've discovered that several insect repellent ranges , including Jungle Formula and Boots, now offer products containing either Citriodiol (labelled 'natural'),  or IR3535 (Kids or sensitive skin products). So there is a good choice if the shops stock them.

Remember all of these, including the DEET based products, will help repel ticks too.

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2011, 10:19:42 PM »
Thanks for the info. I have the equivalent product from Tesco's which seems to work well for Cleggs & Mossies, however miss a patch and they find it just like that  :sad: .
Jerry

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2012, 06:55:46 PM »
i've got some stuff from boots called 'afterbite'.....works a treat to stop any pain or itching
often to be found lying on my belly amongst stingers,brambles and biting insects


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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2014, 06:18:52 AM »
Im just back from Fort william (wild camping), I have several cleg bites and midge bites ....spoilt my time away as they really itch like crazy.....been told skin so soft from avon is good and B1 tablets from Holland & barrett....hope these help

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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2014, 09:41:24 PM »
Welcome, best cure I have so far is not to get bitten, but failing that anything with as much deet content as possible, Dread to think how toxic that stuff is though.
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Re: Clegg bite remedies
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2014, 05:38:09 PM »
Im just back from Fort william (wild camping), I have several cleg bites and midge bites ....spoilt my time away as they really itch like crazy.....been told skin so soft from avon is good and B1 tablets from Holland & barrett....hope these help

Sorry I am a bit late posting on this one and hopefully you are recovering nicely from your bites.

Benadryl that I recommended much earlier in this topic, is not now available in chemists but can be bought online through Amazon.  It really is very good.

As a first step, you should take some antihistamine tablets to calm things down and take them for as long as you need too.  Usually only 1 a day tablets are needed.  Then try and get some Benadryl lotion/cream or anything similar that you can get hold of.  Calamine lotion, which I think is still available, will help to soothe.

Most importantly, try not to scratch - easier said than done I know, but this is how they can get infected.

Skin so Soft is a repellent to mozzies etc not a cure for the bites.  People in Scotland highly recommend it and I did use it when I went 3 years on the trot.  Obviously if you are attractive to biting insects particularly in Scotland, stay away from high risk areas ie damp woodland and rivers, particularly early morning and late afternoon.

Lastly, if the bite is not easing off after 3 days, and you feel unhappy about it, go to the doctors just to make sure its ok as you might need antibiotics.

Hope the info helps someone even if it is a little late for loopy68

Linda


 

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