The cortisone/hydrocortisone sounds like a good idea, I'm covered in bites at the mo and I've got some in my medicine cabinet so I'll try it and report back!
However, just a word of warning - if you have young children who get attacked by mozzies please do think twice before applying anything with hydrocortisone in it unless it's been OK'd by the pharmacist or doctor. It can do strange things to little people - and if you've bought it for your own use over here the instructions will be in Greek and you may not realise it says 'don't use on children under the age of 12' or similar!
Quote: Originally posted by KEIRA on 17†June†2009
I KNOW they will be waiting for ME. at Corfu Airport on the 29th.... !!! I will take all the usual precautions . but does anyone know a fool proof way to keep them at bay ? K.
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Message posted by Elliemay on 17†June†2009 at 9:17pm - IP Logged
Thanks for saying that Bill, I believe that hydrocortisone thins the skin so is probably not good for little ones who are not as thick skinned as us
Have you tried the Avon Skin so Soft as I find that that works well for me.
If you want any brought over, we are out there again in September and can get some to you.
We always use Avon SSS - I'll pack an extra bottle for you Bill. Also it smells so much better than Deet! Just remember to re-apply frequently.
Another warning about hydrocortisone cream, do not apply for more than seven days, presumably because of the skin thinning aspect.
We have these horrible little black flies that have a horrendous bite - far worse than mozzies. Richard has even been to A&E with a bite from one of these. He has one at the moment and has been told to use hydrocortisone cream.
Bought one of those Little Crystal Clickers,from the local Everything Store. Cost about £1-25 reduced frome £3-95 allegedly.Little Orange thing with Green Clicker.Unfortunatly Ive thrown the box away ,so cant tell you the name. Probably Little Zapper or similar.
Whilst we did get a couple of bites,if you zap them with the little clicker,they simply do not (or did not) materialise.
Its to do with crystals or something, sends a little shock ito the bite (10 clicks) repeat as needed. Looks like the little spark Gas lighters pruduce.
Sounds spookey I know ,but for us it seemed to work. Mind you we did fill the room with Bug Plugs,Citronela Spray and candles etc etc.
Anyway best of luck.If you see one get one its worth it.
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Quote: Originally posted by Elliemay on 17†June†2009
Off, in a white plastic spray bottle is readily available in Corfu, not Deep Woods though, but it seems to work for us. Doesn't pong too much either.
Off is very good, use it myself and take the zappers little gadgets that you click on the bite also morrisons cetrimide antiseptic cream seems to work very well. Only got one or two bites last year as opposed to other years
I'm conducting an experiment on myself this year. Don't know if it will work or not. Im sure I will soon find out!
I am convinced that the more I apply any anti-mozzie solutions, the more I get bitten. Also I suffer from acute itchy arms for 9 months of the year and I'm sure it's because, living here in Corfu, I've been applying this stuff pretty much every day of the season.
I still get bitten though and my conspiracy theory is that these concoctions attract the mozzies, so you get bitten. Because you get bitten you go out and buy more anti-mozzie protection!
This year, so far, I've not taken precautions (ooooh-er) and I've not been bitten and I've not had the itchy arm thing.
I'll let you know in September/October if my theory has worked!!!!!
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