Thursday, August 9, 2012

Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

Playing outside in the summer is one of my favorite things to do. Whether I'm reading a book, playing with my friends kids, sitting by a bonfire or any other activity outside, I'm happy. There is nothing like a Michigan summer night. The air is crisp, the humidity magically goes away, and stars shine bright. I don't know if anywhere else can compare. There is one downside to a Michigan summer night though - mosquitoes. Some summers are worse than others and this summer is one of the worst. When I was a child, my mosquito bites would swell up, sometimes to the size of a quarter. Luckily, today it's not as bad, but I seem to be bitten more than anyone I know (at least that's how it feels.) After spending this last weekend outdoors, my feet and lower legs are covered in bites. One could argue that I look like I'm suffering from chicken pox. For your benefit, I decided not to include today's post.

I'm a scratcher. I can't magically think the itch away and leave well enough alone. I scratch and scratch until I bleed. It's a disgusting habit, but it's hard to get away from. Calamine lotion never worked for me, so I needed another solution. A few nights ago, I googled for homemade itch reliever for bug bites.  I gave them a try.

The first thing is an old wives tale: using my fingernail, I press an 'x' into the bite. This is supposed to cease the itching. I laughed after that attempt. If it's supposed to be a mental way of staving off the itching, my mind does not work that way.

Next, my good friend Google told me to try rubbing vodka on the bites. If you know me, then you know I had vodka on hand. I drenched myself in vodka. It was incredibly wasteful because I only ended up smelling like booze and still feeling itchy.

Lastly, I took someones advice and tried vinegar. At this point, I smelled like vinegar and vodka and was still itchy.

I implore to you - my lovely readers - I need help! What are your homemade solutions to stop itchy bug bites? If I don't find a solution soon, my feet will be scarred for life!


  1. Hahaha, you made me laugh as always! My grandma told me about the X thing. For me it works for about 2 1/2 seconds...
    I bought a product to stop scratching but if anyone knows a more nature method I'll take it!

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only that the 'x' doesn't work on!

  2. My method is really weird. I think it's along the lines of the "X". Basically I slap my leg/arm really hard where the bite is! Then the itchiness is absorbed by the pain of the area. I think it probably has something to do with confusing your brain and making it forget about itching because it's focused on the sensation emanating from the entire area around the bite.

    I also tend to take a mental route in trying to forget that it's itching, by distracting myself or whatever. Focusing on it is just going to make it itch more. That's really the only way I can get it to stop itching. I've never used lotions/home remedies.

    This post was brought to you by a psychologist-in-training, can you tell? hehe :)

    1. Very interesting theory! I'll have to give it a try!