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There are a lot of options for trying to prevent mosquito bites (DEET on skin, permethrin on clothing, mosquito nets while sleeping, etc.), but what about after you get bitten? What is the most effective way to stop or reduce the itching from mosquito (or other insect) bites?

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After the first 10,000 bites, you start to develop an immunity... :-) –  sdg Jan 4 '13 at 22:39
@sdg or die of blood loss... :D –  Nisan.H Jan 5 '13 at 0:05

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You need an antihistamine cream, there are many different brands available, but you'll find them all similarly effective.

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Have a look at AfterBite, it is a treatment for insect bites and stings.

You can apply it to bitten areas, provides relief from mosquito, ticks, fleas, horse flies, black flies, etc.

Note: I am not affiliated with this product in any way, shape, or form.

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A friend of mine got severely bitten while we were traveling through Central America together. After trying a number of more conventional treatments without success we picked up Itch-A-Way while in Belize and she said it worked wonders.

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I use Solarcaine, which contains a local anesthetic, on both mosquito bites and sunburn. Just don't get any in your eye, nose, or other tender areas. It's sold for sunburn relief but works just as well for preventing itching.

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It's readily available in Canada and this page lists some brand names around the world for the same active ingredient.

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In case you don't have anything to put on your bites, i found out the following.

  • If you got snow around you, put a piece of metal (i prefer a spoon) in the snow or cold water, and wait for it to nearly freeze. And then just put the freezing cold spoon on the bite
  • You can also heat a spoon (or just use a lighter directly) and as soon as you won't burn yourself anymore, hold it against your bite, it will sting a bit, but it's very effective

Nonetheless i prefer the electric method.

  • You can just buy a lighter with a Piezocrystal, an then you disassemble it to get only the spark. If you get bitten just put the spark against your bite and "Fire it" this will destroy the protein and neutralize the itching.

If you're lazy or prefer a bought solution you can also buy something like this.

But i still prefer the lighter method, because in my opinion it feels "alot better".

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A very effective technique once you're home, if you have a large number of bites all over you is to have a shower, as hot as you can stand. Till your skin reddens. This somehow "overloads" the nerves and the itching signal will be dramatically reduced for hours. Your cold or hot spoon may be doing something similar. –  Kate Gregory Jul 30 '13 at 13:58
Yeah that works too, but i can't recommend jumping into a boiling or ice cold lake if you're outdoors :) –  Jeredepp Jul 30 '13 at 13:59

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