Sandfly bites How do I prevent and stop the scratching Any info would be appreciated
So itchy I am getting a perverse pleasure from scratching, driving me insane can anyone advise on solutions or treatments Thanks
Sandflies or midges, at least the ones I've had experience with in SE Qld, Aust. (Culicoides molesta) dont tend to bite as much if you have oil or sunscreen on your skin.
I mostly used coconut oil on my skin before venturing into places where midges were bad.
it seemed to reduce the nuber of bites and the severity of skin reaction to them.
some folks would swear by various mixes of Lavender and dettol and baby oil, but I couldn't give you quantities of each that are used.
In a baby oil base a smidge of eucylaptus and a few drops of tea-tree oil help , but this needs to be re-applied evry hour or so
I have noticed that when bitten my mosquitos, if you apply eucalyptus oil to the skin soon after being bitten, the bite will not itch. This will probably apply to sandfly bites too. Up here if you come across sandflies, they are ferocious.
I take it you don't want to use an insect repellent with DEET. I would be using that.
something that I find handy to use on bites (by midges, mozzies or ants) is Aluminium sulphate.
its the active ingredient in 'Stingose' .
I find that a styptic pencil is a more handy, compact form of it.
They're available at some chemists , and are used to stop bleeding of minor cuts as a result of (careless?) shaving.
a deodorant stone (also a form of alum) can give a bit of relief.
Avon Skin So Soft bug guard............also contains sfp30 sunscreen...stops midgies biting and will leave your skin feeling as soft as a babies bum....