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Mosquito bites

Hallo everyone

This time of the year really started so active mosquitos biting. My daughter got so badly biten from mosquitos that I dont know what spray or gel the best to use.
Any experiences or advices would be really useful.

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Re: Mosquito bites

Fenistil gel/Fenipic gel is good for putting on the bites to relieve the itching or any other antihistamine for that matter. If it's really bad and she has lots of spots you can get feniallerg drops from the pharmacy to be taken orally ( depending on how old she is as they are not suitable for babies).
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Fenistil gel can be applied on the bites and helps soothing the itching and the swelling. It's OTC in all pharmacies. If the bites are really numerous, it exists as drops to swallow as well, called Feniallerg.

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Old 24.07.2016, 09:29
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Re: Mosquito bites

I agree, fenistil is definitely good if you don't have anything at home. I have also found that Tiger Balm works quite well too, in case you happen to have some..
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Aha a duplicate account. What's the point in making a duplicate account to ask about mosquito bites? It 's hardly a sensitive subject is it?
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Re: Mosquito bites

The first line of defense is to avoid the bites in the 1st place. Sprays containing DEET are the most effective, but perhaps not the best thing to be spaying a baby with. A cloth with a couple of squirts hung close to but not reachable by the baby will make some difference. If you do choose to spray the child a dab behind the shoulders (i.e. where the child can't reach it) is a good location.

Light coloured, sheer (i.e. not rough surface) loose fitting clothing seems to make a difference.

Fitting mosquito screens to the windows makes sense.

I use the scented plug in things, as well as the ultrasonic ones - I'm not sure it if really makes a difference, I believe it does. Where I live the mosquitos come in waves, when I notice they have arrived I plug the things in. No way to tell if they actually repel the damned things, or if I just believe they do - I have almost no reaction to a bite when one does happen.

As a Canadian who spent a lot of time in mosquito country, I can also say that there are definitely some people who attract more bites than others, even if they shower at the same frequency, using the same soap and mosquito spray and wear more or less the same clothing.

Fenistil really helps after the fact.
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I use the scented plug in things, as well as the ultrasonic ones - I'm not sure it if really makes a difference, I believe it does.
Those plug-in things really do help - we've used them for years - without, we always get attacked during the mosquito time.
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Re: Mosquito bites

Funny thing is, I just read this 10 minutes ago:
http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthi.../aa050503a.htm
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Re: Mosquito bites

They never used to have any interest in me and i grew up in the tropics, but where i live here in switzerland.. and the horse flies bloody love me too.

imo i'm not an expert but i think mosquitos are quite dangerous, disease vectors known and whatever in the future.

I was looking for a natural repellent and this citronella oil is in the iherb care package for q3

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Here is a list of iherbs anti-bug insect products.

The Badger products look interesting and have quite often come on sale, again just a bunch of essential oils..

Badger Company, Anti-Bug Balm, Citronella & Rosemary, 2 oz (56 g)

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10% *ricinus communis (castor) oil and essential oils of
5% *cymbopogon nardus (citronella),
2% *cedrus atlantica (cedar),
2% *cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass),
1% *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), &
1% *pelargonium graveolens (geranium).
Inactive Ingredients (79%): *Olea europaea (extra virgin olive) oil and *cera alba (beeswax).

The all terrain product gets very high reviews and if you look at the ingredients its just a bunch of essential oils!

The All Terrain, Herbal Armor, Natural Insect Repellent Deet-Free Pump Spray, 4 fl oz (120 ml).

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Oil of Soybean 11.5%
Oil of Cedar 1.50%
Oil of Citronella 10.0%
Oil of Lemongrass 1.00%
Oil of Peppermint 2.0%
Oil of Geranium 0.05%

I dont know what they sell here in switzerland, i have passed by a few rows in the pharmacy but i suspect they are tested on animals and have a bit of junk chemical ingredients in them.

Maybe someone knows whats cruelty free 'natural' (though that is a meaningless word in advertising i mean it in the way it is traditionally percieved) available here?

ps a little something to tease the teachers and grammarians on here.. what is it?, e before i except after c or something else?
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They never used to have any interest in me and i grew up in the tropics, but where i live here in switzerland..
imo i'm not an expert but i think mosquitos are quite dangerous, disease vectors known and whatever in the future.


ps a little something to tease the teachers and grammarians on here.. what is it?, e before i except after c or something else?
The mosquitos in Switzerland are not dangerous just very annoying, mosquitos do carry nasty diseases in other areas,though. The ticks in Switzerland are the biggest problem with regard to carrying diseases.

It's i before e except after c. ( but there are loads of exceptions)
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I was looking for a natural repellent and this citronella oil is in the iherb care package for q3
There is a fair range of scents available in the craft and hobbies section (candle and soap making) of the coop/migros/jumbo et al. Less than 5 CHF for a small bottle.

To be absolutely minimalist, any large candle becomes a citronella candle by adding a drop or two of the scent into the liquid pool after it has been burning a few minutes.

If you have one of those tea candle evaporators you can just keep adding scent whenever the original has boiled off.
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Citronella oil, bring it with me everywhere - 'tis good stuff, helps to keep wasps away too.

At night a fan on the go helps, the mossies don't like..
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The mosquitos in Switzerland are not dangerous just very annoying, mosquitos do carry nasty diseases in other areas,though. The ticks in Switzerland are the biggest problem with regard to carrying diseases.

It's i before e except after c. ( but there are loads of exceptions)
If you pop this in google translate, or have added a google translate button in your browser menu.

Über 200 Fälle des gefährlichen Dengue-Fiebers
Tessin jagt die Tigermücken


I dont know what lifecycle conditions have to be met for this to happen but as they said in jurassic park, 'life finds a way', looks like even virus and bacteria life
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Re: Mosquito bites

On our hill mosquitos are mostly at night, so I just put nets in all the windows. Somehow now and then one gets through our defenses and then we hunt it down.
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On our hill mosquitos are mostly at night, so I just put nets in all the windows. Somehow now and then one gets through our defenses and then we hunt it down.
Its my first line of defence too, yet they get through too which is why i've had to look at more layers of defence..

I have a swatter in each room...

most other animals i am kind, i pick worms up off the road and put them on the side but with mosquitos i'm pretty merciless.
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Mosquitos are god´s way of showing you where you are in the food chain.
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Funny thing is, I just read this 10 minutes ago:
http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthi.../aa050503a.htm
I dislike links that insist in opening a video, without just allowing me to read the article.

To add to other replies

Standing water allows mosquitoes to reproduce. - beware of puddlesSomething I am aware of on holiday out of season in certain countries, where hotel rooms or apartments are empty, and they are not daily flushing the toilets.
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I dislike links that insist in opening a video, without just allowing me to read the article.
I didn't even see a video when I clicked on that link, just an article about mosquitos.

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