I found a fantastic anti-itch gel in the Singapore airport (so far, that's the only place I've seen it!). It's made by Hansaplast in Hamburg, Germany, and it's called simply "Insect Bite Gel.
It is packaged in a small tube that's flat-ish and rectangular in shape, a white plastic bottle with a red and blue Hansaplast logo at the top, and a mosquito at the bottom with his naughty little stinger stinging a red spot.
Put it on immediately after an insect bite and you hardly itch again afterwards!
Has anyone seen it anywhere else in south east Asia? I'm heading to Vietnam and the Philippines for the next 4 months and would LOVE to stock up!
This one? Try looking for them in local pharmacies. If you can't find them, there are others which are equally effective. Tiger Balm (Singapore) and Mopiko Ointment (Japan) are actually more popular in South East Asia and are sold almost everywhere.
Yes yes! That's the one! I'll definitely keep my eyes open for the others as well...thanks!
Pre bite mosquito advice.
To cover up preferable to slathering rid or similar on oneself. However, there is always that old standby the canadians swear by Avon Skin so soft. The mosquitoes hate it.
There's a device called a Therapik, sold in many places, that operates on the simplest of principles-heat.
Simply put heat neutralises some venom (hornets, bees, flies, jellyfish) and a short burst is all that's needed.
Some good advice from all...thanks so much!