How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching
Got bites? Try these fast-acting, medicated Itch Relief Patches
I am not a person who usually suffers from mosquito bites. The reason for this is two-fold: 1) I don’t taste very good, and 2) my husband and children do. Mosquitoes will practically knock me down to get to them.
Just one of my many genetic gifts.
When we take outdoorsy trips (most recently to Costa Rica and Thailand), we also take an arsenal of Deet. I’m convinced my family could drink that stuff and they’d still get bitten.
Then there’s the scratching. They’re usually pretty good about not scratching, until they go to sleep, that is.
Not only are these people mosquito magnets, they’re night scratchers too. Morning invariably brings ugly scabs. Ugly scabs that have a hard time healing with all the night scratching that goes on.
Itch relief from a clear, plastic patch
Which is why I was happy to try BeKoool’s Itch Relief Patches. No sooner had I received my sample in the mail, than one of my kids pointed out an itchy bug bite on his arm. Seriously: the same day. We immediately fired up a patch!
The transparent 1-inch circular patches are medicated with lidocaine and menthol. Unlike hydrocortisone creams and gels, they stay where you put them. My son reported immediate relief from itching — nothing miraculous, but a definite improvement. Best of all, he couldn’t do any sneaky scratching in the night.
The fine print
The manufacturers don’t recommend using the patches on children younger than two (they’re lawyers probably made them say that because of the risk of choking). Also, don’t use on the same bite more than three times in one day. Finally, don’t use on chicken pox, measles, blisters, eczema, or near the eyes.
Disclosure: BeKoool provided me with complimentary Itch Relief Patches. They did not request that I express any particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.