Summer Itches Stings And Bites

Out of all of the seasons I would have to say that summer is my favorite. I love the longer days and all of fun activities like swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking and just spending time enjoying the outdoors.

Unfortunately with summer you also have to take the good with the bad, because along with all of the summer fun also comes sun burns, insect bites and stings as well poison ivy, heat rash and various other rashes. Which if you let them can take quite a bit of the fun out of your summer. This is why it's always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality and stock your medicine cabinet ahead of time

Treat A Sunburn

Sunburns can be extremely painful and it seems that no matter how careful you are, most everyone has at one time or another experienced one.

There are quite a few different sunburn remedies out there and I probably have tried them all at one point or another and this is a listing of my favorites.

Black Tea:
We already know what a good job a tea bag will do for under eye bags but you might not know that it's also a good sunburn remedy.

There are several different ways that you use the black tea for sunburn relief, one of which is to take a tea bath. To do this all that you need to do is to add a few black tea bags to a tub of running water. Make sure that the water is room temperature as warmer water will make your sunburn feel worse.

Another method is by applying black tea compresses to your sunburn. To do this you will need to brew a strong pot of tea using 6 tea bags. Allow the tea to cool in the refrigerator and then using clean towels apply the tea to your sunburned areas.

Aloe Gel:
Another item that I can't live without in the summer is a bottle of I.c.e. Lidocaine Gel, it goes on cool and provides instant relief for burn without causing dry skin and peeling like a lot of the older sunburn relief remedies.

Ibuprofen or Aspirin:
Taken before bedtime an ibuprofen can make the difference between a good nights sleep or a night spent tossing and turning because of your burn.

Relief For Insect Bites

That itch you get from a non-venomous insect bite like the chigger or mosquito is caused by a reaction to the insects saliva. Usually the insect will inject their anti-coagulant saliva into the bite in order to feed on your blood, and this what causes the itching that you may experience afterwards. Although annoying this type of bite is rarely serious.

First wash the bite with soap and water and then apply an ice pack, this will help by reducing swelling and cold will also help to numb the itch. At this point you may also want to take an ibuprofen to help with the swelling along with an antihistamine like benadryl to help with the itch. Next you're going to want to apply something to the bite that will help the itch and or pain . Some of the things that have worked for me are:


Aspirin crushed and mixed with a drop or two of water.

Dermoplast - Your medicine cabinet isn't complete without this pain relieving antibacterial spray.

Aspirin crushed and mix with a drop or two of rubbing alcohol.

Vicks VaporRub

Lavender oil

Relief From Poison Ivy

Anyone who has ever experienced the extreme itch of poison ivy or poison oak and sumac can tell you that it's not an experience that is soon forgotten. I'm sure that most everyone remembers that old phrase "Leaves of three, let it be." Unfortunately by the time that you do notice the three leaves it's usually too late.


If you happen to notice that you've been exposed make sure to immediately wash any areas of skin that may have come into contact with the poison ivy. If done with in the first 10 minutes of exposure this should reduce or even eliminate the effects of the poison ivy. If water is not available rubbing alcohol or even a waterless hand cleaner will also work.

Use Jewelweed:
My favorite remedy for poison ivy is jewelweed. The leaves and sap from this plant are used to treat poison ivy as well as other rashes and insect bites. If you have access to the plant you can apply the sap or crushed leaves to your poison ivy otherwise Amazon has a jewelweed spray that works really well to provide relief for the itch.

Use Heat:
Something else that works well to reduce the itch for a couple of hours is to take a hot shower. I was a little skeptical about this one, after all if your covered with a red itchy rash heat is the last thing that you would want to use. But it does work, and a couple of hours of relief can work wonders.

* It usually takes around two weeks to recover from poison ivy

* That extreme itch (contact dermatitis) that you get with poison ivy is caused by Urushiol.

* If you are allegic to or suffer a severe reaction to poison ivy seek the attention of a physician immediately.


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