rusty_armour (rusty_armour) wrote,

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One Method to Alleviate the Itch of Mosquito Bites

Maybe it's because it's the first day of school, but I want to share a discovery I made in the very early hours of the morning. During my Sunday afternoon visit to Edwards Garden, I received two gigantic mosquito bites on the back of my left upper arm. At first, the itch wasn't too bad when I applied the cortizone cream I keep onhand for allergic rashes, etc. However, last night, it just started itching like crazy. In fact, I found that I kept waking up to scratch the bites. Anyhoo, by around 2:00 AM, I couldn't take it anymore and decided to rinse the bites with cold water. While this provided some relief, it didn't rid me of the itch, so I decided to apply this little gel pack from my freezer that I used to use after allergy shots. This also didn't cut it, which is when I decided to get out the big guns.

I went back to my freezer and pulled out the ice pack my mom kindly bought me when I sprained my ankle a couple of years ago. By using a tension bandage, I was able to tie the freezer pack around my arm and, lo and behold, that got rid of the itch! It also left this large red mark on my arm due to freezer burn -- a mark I'm still sporting. However, the itch is gone and, fortunately, I could find a light top with sleeves that covered the freezer burn. Uh, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do if the burn is still there tomorrow, but I'll just cross that proverbial bridge when I get to it.
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