We used Avon "Skin so soft" last year and didn't get a single bite between us!
I bought 10 bottles off ebay so should be OK for the next 5 years or so.
This May when we went there wasn't a mossie in sight so we didn't use any and were all fine.
Thank God fireflies don't bite as they were out in their thousands.
Message posted by Sunnypop on 13 August 2009 at 8:57am - IP Logged
In the UK the Fucicort we have is called Fucidin H, there is another cream called Fucidin which has the same antibiotic but does not contain the steroid.
I hope you all won't mind but I feel that since medical advice is being exchanged on the site, that it is only responsible of me as an admin member to state the obvious: ie that these medications come with warnings. Especially as with Greek medicines the accompanying information is usually only in Greek.
So.... unless under the advice of a doctor, please be aware that the creams containing the steroid should only be used very sparingly on external areas and not on sensitive skin, thin skin or patches of skin with broken veins. There is probably more but you can check on something like NetDoctor, I'm sure.
Finally, as with all antibiotics, prolongued use may give rise to resistance and render the medicine ineffective.
Thanks for indulging me!
Message posted by maggy on 13 August 2009 at 11:49am - IP Logged
Thanks Julia, for filling in the gaps that I overlooked.
I must stress that the first time I used this cream my bites were examined by a pharmacist, it was his recommendation that I use these creams, so if in doubt nip into the chemist and show him/ her.
Stronger measures must have been needed in my case as one pharmacist informed me that this particular year people were queuing up at the hospital to be treated for mosquito bites.
Message posted by Sandra and Jim on 13 August 2009 at 11:52am - IP Logged
The only time I have never been bitten by mossies is when we used the Avon Skin So Soft dry oil spray (the green one - soft and fresh). I have heard that hotels in Scotland buy it in to sell on to their guests to prevent midgie bites and apparently it's used in Canada and America.
Message posted by maggy on 13 August 2009 at 12:08pm - IP Logged
I've found that the Avon SSS is great for the puny Scottish Midgie, (everything bites me) but those tough Greek mozzies just laugh at it. Especially around me! I picked up a bottle of stuff at a chemist in Corfu town last year - had Myrtle milk in it. It was a pump spray bottle and it was fab for taking the itching and stinging out of the bites. Smelt a bit lovely too.
Message posted by nici19740 on 13 August 2009 at 9:09pm - IP Logged
I always get bitten in the South of France & find that May is worse than August/September but found most mossy repellants work if you cover every area as previous posts have stated - unfortunately, I'm one of those people who come up in big hives the size of oranges, so if the mossys are as rife as everyone is saying, you will all notice me while there end of August. I will look like one giant hive lol!!! I usually use Jungle Formula.
Message posted by whitespirit on 15 August 2009 at 11:12am - IP Logged
Try Tiger Balm from the pound shop. You get 3 pots for £1, go into Boots and they charge you £5 for 1 pot. The mozzies hate this stuff so do all the little flying insects that you get here and abroad. I have been using this now for 4 years,and it is small enough to chuck into your handbag for the evening.
Hope this helps.
Message posted by gilbo on 15 August 2009 at 11:22am - IP Logged
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