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1. Posted by leahcrow (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Hi folks,
I react really badly to insect bites such as midgey bites and am always covered in them after a burst of hot weather, they get really agitated and itchy. So I was wondering if there was a better way of preventing them than the usual creams and topical solutions. An injection or tablets maybe?
I'm off to Aus...
Thanks in advance!
Leah :)

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I have been slated for this, time after time (so many haven't tried them - but choose to doubt), please have a go at Brewer's Yeast Tablets (one in the morning - and one before bed). They work for me - even in the nastiest of mosquito territories.
Please, don't take my word for it though. Check out so many sites that you can find on Yahoo! and Google - by just typing in "Mosquito bites and Malaria - Brewer's Yeast Tablets". I must stress, that they don't work for everyone - but they work for me - and many of the people I've travelled to Africa with.
Oh - and there are sites that doubt that capabilities as well.
Incidentally, I live in Manchester and locally is one of the best Tropical Disease Centres in Europe. I travel to many places that are full of nasties - and have to have jabs put here and there(). The Specialists at The Centre are always insistant, that there still isn't a remedy for - not only Malaria, but also the sicknesses that occur from non-Malaria mosquitoes.
Where are you travelling to??

[ Edit: Edited on 26-May-2009, at 09:32 by Redpaddy ]

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Redpaddy - Leah's post states she will be heading to OZ (to see the wizard).

Sorry Leah - couldn't resist the wizard thing. I was just about to comment that it's currently winter in OZ so the insect issue would not be too much of a problem. Luckily (for me), I checked your other posts and see you will be there in February, when it is definitely summer.

Brewer's yeast does have some components which can act as a repellent and I would not discourage anyone from using them. They are known for bolstering one's immune system so whether they work against mosquitoes or not, they are worth a try. Garlic tablets have also shown a certain amount of success in deterring biting insects. The only issue there - most people do give off a mild garlic "odor", for the first few days, when they perspire. The slight presence of garlic can also be detected on one's breath during that time too. Both "symptoms" fade with continued use. (Just tell people you're allergic to vampires, hence the garlic.)

Malaria is not really an issue in at this time but Barmah Forest Virus and Ross River Fever are on the increase in southern Australia. My recommendations are to use something like Avon's Skin So Soft (I haven't used it but it's suppose to be quite effective) while traveling in most areas. I would switch to a DEET repellent if traveling in an area where either of the above mentioned diseases are on the rise.

From your description, it also sounds like you may actually experience a bit of prickly heat which can mimic noseeum (midgey) bites. You comment that you are "always covered in them after a burst of hot weather" and prickly heat appears after "bursts of hot weather" when your skin is moist. Some people only experience prickly heat on the torso (under breasts and stomach areas) or inside of upper arms and inner thighs. Some do only show symptoms on the arms and legs, making them think the reaction is completely insect-related. Prickly heat can resemble bites in the irritation and itching.

Here's a thread about prickly heat which also contains a couple outside links.

There are few oral and/or injectable mosquito deterrents. And, those that exist can be a bit toxic to the system. I would opt for topical preparations and the 2 herbals mentioned above. Check the local health food store for possible herbal topicals too.

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Thanks Post#3#.... It's easy to see why you're a moderator - you're nice repiles show that.
It's true to say, just like Garlic Tablets - Brewer's Yeast Tablets work for some people and don't for others, much the same as a Flu jab.

5. Posted by leahcrow (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Thanks very much for your replies guys, much appreciated. I am actually off to Aus in Nov/Dec now so yeah, defo summer.
And it's not prickly heat, what I meant is that when it's hot if I go to BBQs etc and there are lots of pesky midges around, I'm always the one that comes off worst!
Your suggestions are much appreciated though, thank you. I think I'll give them all a go! Can you buy Brewer's Yeast tablets at places like Holland & Barrett Redpaddy?
A couple of people have suggested that Avon Skin So Soft so I'm keen to try that too - is Avon still only avaiable via mail order or online?
I've already bought some topical repellent for a holiday to Turkey in three weeks but it doesn't contain DEET, bummer.
Thanks again for your advice!