Friday, August 04, 2017

Treating Mosquito Bites

I'm not a fan of mosquitos, mostly because I'm their chosen victim...
100% of the time. Even though, I've had horrible experiences in the past with them,
I apparently still did not learn my lesson. My worst experience with a mosquito bite
was when I was in Vietnam, when I was around 12 years old? I don't really remember.
It was over a decade ago and it swelled up pretty badly... I had a fever and my ankle
was swollen to the point where it was literally purple. I had to get injections and well...
it was pretty bad, haha. I've always had very bad swelling with mosquito bites.

This past weekend (Saturday), I went up to the cottage with my partner and I got bit the
night we arrived. Yep, the first night, but apparently it was not just one bite. No.
Apparently I had to get 3 mosquito bites on my left foot. Just my left foot.
It looked fine the night of, looked kind of weird the second day, but I thought it
would go away, but then it started to swell up really badly... to the point where it
was getting difficult for me to walk properly.

My mom was pretty pissed at me when I got home, for not coming back earlier.
She put freshly cut aloe vera all over my foot. It was pretty painful.
The aloe vera definitely helped, but I had to go to the doctor to get it checked.
Apparently it was infected and I needed antibiotics. I wanted to avoid taking
antibiotics, but this is what happens when I don't learn.

So... I am doing a post about treating mosquito bites. For my own sake and yours.
If you react badly to mosquito bites, like me... you may want to take note(s) :p

Be sure to use organic, pure ingredients, if you want the best results.

1. Disinfect the area immediately with rubbing alcohol
2. Soak the area in epsom salt with water, or baking soda and water
(for areas like the feet, leg) for 10 minutes

You have to be pretty consistent with these, apply it at least 3x/day

1. Apply aloe vera generously on the area and let it dry
2. Apply calendula/marigold tincture or a calendula healing cream
3. Apply an apis/ledum cream (homeopathic remedy)
ex. Dapis Gel

Cold compresses may also help after doing all the above steps.

But before even going outside, you should be spraying yourself with something,
to prevent the mosquito bites. I am currently using the Saje b-gone spray.
It works pretty well because I haven't gotten bitten after using it. I was just being
completely stupid for not spraying it before I arrived to the cottage...

I would recommend any spray containing: witch hazel, lavender, citronella, catnip, eucalyptus

A scientifically proven mosquito/bug repellent spray is Yemaya's Outdoor Spray, which I can't
seem to find online, but you can purchase it at Peaches & Green, if you're in Toronto.
It was studied at the University of Guelph and has proven to be just as effective as DEET.
and you might not want to wear a lot of perfume/nice smelling scents...
but scents like lavender, lemongrass, should be fine.

They're also attracted to sweat.
Basically when you're feeling quite hot and emitting some kind of body odour.
Either through your skin or your breath.

Take care! ♡

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