Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stop The Itching?

This evening I spent about 10 minutes outside pulling weeds. By time I was finished I had three mosquito bites--one on my leg and two on my arm.  Remembering a tip several people have recently told me about, I decided to test out the idea that putting a hot spoon on a mosquito bite would break down the proteins that cause it to itch.

I gathered my equipment--a ceramic coffee cup and a metal spoon.  I filled the cup with water and heated it in the microwave, then submerged the spoon in it for 30 seconds.  Next I applied the spoon to the bite on my arm (and quickly discovered the spoon was HOT).  After 20 seconds I removed the spoon.  My arm no longer itched, but after the discomfort of the hot spoon wore off, the itching quickly returned.

I didn't try a second time.  Instead, I covered the bite with calamine lotion.  The itch went away.

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11 comments:

  1. I am LOADED with chiggers and one of the elder men at church told me to put some Preparation H on it. He said he has all sorts of uses for it and none of them are for the intended use. LOL I'm starting to seriously consider it...

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    1. HUH! That's a new itch relief remedy for me. I cover chigger bites with fingernail polish.

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    2. yes...nail polish! It works great...suffocates them!

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    3. When my boys would come home from Boy Scout trips with chigger bites I'd ask them what color polish they wanted. Somehow they always chose clear :-)

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  2. I've tried that spoon trick this year, too! Same as you...it worked for a while but the itching returned. I think the heat was supposed to kill the protein that causes the itching but obviously it didn't. And yes...SO hot! It would have been a great trick if it worked. I get mosquito bites so easily, too...they just love me. Yuck.

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    1. My flower bed in back is a mess because of mosquitoes! I don't to cover myself with bug spray every time I go outside.

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  3. I've seen that trick on facebook and wondered if it actually worked! Now I know not to try it.

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    1. The trick definitely worked short-term. It would be good if you had access to a spoon and hot water but not anti-itch medicine

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  4. oh well, you tried! these mosquitos are so stealthy these days, suddenly I have a bite and no idea when it could've happened, saw no mosquito.

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    1. I have the same problem with not seeing the mosquitoes first.

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  5. Nice. I am glad your itching went away. I hate the discomfort that the bites leave behind.

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