Yesterday, I got two helpful suggestions on how to cure my itching from Middle-Aged-Woman and Mike.
Middle-Aged-Woman said that I should stand in the hottest shower I could stand, which would make me itch like crazy (it did), and that would release all my histamines, making me not itch for awhile. Last night, before I went to bed, I tried this. The Results? It did make me itch like mad for awhile, then it stopped. I was a little itchy when I got into bed, but I was able to sleep for a LONG time last night. (1:00-10:10 this morning…the longest I have slept in ages.) But, when I woke up, I was itching again. So I think it worked pretty well, because it allowed me to sleep (and prevented me from clawing myself in my sleep).
Mike suggested that I put rubbing alcohol on cotton balls, then tape them to myself. ( Again, this is supposed to make you itch like crazy, release all your histamines, and stop the itching.) So when I was itching this morning, I decided to give this a try. I really hoped that today wouldn’t be the day that the UPS man decided to pay me a visit, as this method forced me to walk around the house pantsless (TMI, sorry!) so that I wouldn’t get rubbing alcohol all over my clothes. The results? I think this worked on some of the bites, since I have so many I couldn’t really tape over all of them, so I went after the ones that were itching the worst. Those bites haven’t bugged me so much since then, but I am still a little bit itchy, although not nearly as bad. I actually thought the alcohol felt good since it was cool to my skin, even though it did bring on a bout of itching. And it couldn’t hurt to rub some alcohol on the bites anyway, to prevent them from getting infected.
So, I think both suggestions are good things to try if you are itching from mosquito bites, since they both gave me some relief from the constant itching.
Here is a picture of my leg during the process.