After the No-See-Ums bite you... what then?

Discussion in 'Bay Islands' started by Doc, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    After the No-Se-Ums (Sand Flies) have bitten you there are any number of tried remedies including Benadryl Lotion and Cactus Juice.

    Until you have tried NASONEX, you don't know the miracle.

    Oh man, dab some of this on the spot and Praise the Lord. :cool2: They also make it in an actual skin creme version called Elocon (Elocom, Elomet)

    Nothing has worked better. You are going to need a scrip, however.
     
  2. CheddarChick

    CheddarChick Loggerhead Turtle

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    Sweet..wonder if it works on mosquitos also?
     
  3. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Marine Scientist

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    Take a Anti-histamine it will stop the itching in 20 minutes! Cactus Juice never works for me! I agree about the Benadryl Lotion, also Cortazone Cream works well too! Brand of Anti-histamine is not important!
     
  4. RTBDiver

    RTBDiver Scuba Instructor

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    I just use a good repellant and am often in thicker bush and desolate beach on Roatan than most visitors will ever see and have never needed anti histamine or anti itch anything, prevention is the best option
     
  5. Chugwhump

    Chugwhump Surface Interval Member

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    I am so allergic to no-see-um bites.
    I guess these are actually spit drops from the little buggers.
    I get huge welts and they burn worse than a lit cigarette touch on my skin for days afterwards if I get hit.
    The same goes for the dreaded "Chigger" (I think this is a wood louse).
    Skeeters do not seem to like me though.
    So Nasonex is worth a try.
    I was unaware of the anti-hystamine thing.
    Benadryl puts me into dopey la-la land and then to sleep.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Chug
    Hates sand fleas and chiggers.
    On the bright side...
    I am immune to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac as near as I can tell.
     
  6. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    I was as well until I stood downwind of burning poison ivy. Now I just look at the stuff and whammo.

    Nasonex is a powerful corticosteroid. That's how it works... on the bites, too.

    I am talking absolutely INSTANT relief.
     
  7. cfelliot

    cfelliot Surface Interval Member

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    Awesome! I have a prescription for it and will give it a try in April! :)

    What do you do spray in your hand and then spread it around???
     
  8. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    Try dribbling it on a Q-Tip and just dab the welt.
     
  9. diverken374

    diverken374 Barracuda

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    Some of us react much more than others to certain insect bites. I live in "Northern Canada" and reacted dramatically to the black flies here. This does not mean that you are allergic to them, just more sensitive.
    The basics are #1 prevention of bites..cover up or use a "bug" spray We all have a favourite mine is Cutter's Advanced although not available in Canada.
    #2 Anti histamines are very helpful however do not understand why any one would take benadryl with it's sedative properties. Reactine for example is much more effective without the sedating effects and works much better if taken prophylactly ( before bites) then after. Topical benadryl will give some relief but not that effective after the fact.
    #3 Nasonex is a steroid used for allergic rhinitis. It is very effective for that use however is expensive. Any of the topical steroids are effective at relieving histamine reactions from insect bites however theoritically could reduce the body's reaction to a secondary infection as a result of an insect bite. Nasonex is not approved for treatment of insect bites ie: this is an off label use of this medication
     
  10. swimbody

    swimbody Angel Fish

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    Speaking of Poison Ivy, anyone have a miracle cure for contact out in the garden. I'm like RoatanMan, I even sniff it in the air and I can end up in the hospital. Damn Nordic genes of mine have no built in defense. :D
     
  11. texas-buzzard

    texas-buzzard Nassau Grouper

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    I use Flonase on a regular basis for my allergies, i will try that if i get bit. The no-seeums never really bothered me when i was at CCV 3 yrs. ago. I guess i taste like crap to them.
     
  12. robint

    robint Orca

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    RoatanMan - Cactus Juice is used BEFORE they bite, not after. It is not a cure, it is a preventative! ;)
     
  13. georoc01

    georoc01 Single Diver

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    Depends which product. When I bought mine, I received a 3 pack that includes their miracle Gel. From their website..

    Does your skin need help? Cactus Juice™ Miracle Gel is a clear cactus-based gel made with the natural plant derivative of the Prickly Pear Cactus. Miracle Gel is fantastic for soothing sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, & other skin irritations caused by being outside. Prickly Pear Cactus extract also moisturizes and rehydrates everyday dry skin. Silky-smooth, clear gel. 8 oz. bottle. Unscented.
    [​IMG] learn more about this product [close] Cactus Juice™ Miracle Gel is a clear cactus based gel made with the natural plant derivative of the Englamanii Opuntia, Prickly Pear Cactus. The Prickly Pear Cactus has been used for generations by Native Americans for its soothing properties. Miracle Gel is a naturally comforting, moisturizing gel which rehydrates the skin when used daily. It is extremely effective for soothing sunburn, insect bites, Jellyfish stings, skin rashes and other minor skin irritants. We have finally "rediscovered" the Prickly Pear Cactus for modern uses. All Cactus Juice products are safe for kids! (under 6 months old consult your physician)

    Available in 8 oz
     
  14. cruiser

    cruiser Scuba Instructor

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    Thanks, RoatanMan. I'll be taking some Nasonex with me for dive camp this year. I only got a few bites last year but they sure itched and then they got scratched and, well, you know the rest of the story :)
     
  15. RTBDiver

    RTBDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Actually in North America it cannot even be sold as a preventative for bugs as then it would be required to go through epa testing, this is why the "insect repellant" part of the label is just a small sticker and not incorperated into the label
     
  16. robint

    robint Orca

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    yep. But it does work very well for a preventative, as long as you apply it (not the gel ;)) early and often. When we used the spray immediately after diving and re-applied about 3-4 hours later, we didn't get a single bite. The times we didn't apply, ouch! those little monster hurt!
     
  17. j_spot

    j_spot Single Diver

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    I am currently covered in bites after forgetting to apply bug spray while at Sundowners for the UFC fight on Saturday.

    What would be my best bet to get some relief (Im in west end) - Head over to the pharmacy by the gas station and get something there? I speak/read zero spanish so the labels at Woody's and the Coconut tree store might as well be greek to me.
     
  18. WOODMAN

    WOODMAN Surface Interval Member

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    Haven't been down there (yet!) so I can't say from experience, but we got badly bitten while down in Providencia recently, which is pretty close to where you are, so I assume the problem is similar. Anyhoo, we found topical Benadryl gel to work well in soothing the aftermath, and I have heard good things about Cactus Juice gel also. A standard topical hydrocortisone preparation should help as well. Look for the strongest concentration you can get, and use it sparingly. A little goes a long way. I am intrigued with the Nasonex idea, but that won't help you much, as it requires advance planning. I will talk to my physician friends and look into this, as I am now planning a long-overdue trip to the Bay islands. I wish you well, my friend. Woody
     
  19. Robertcrockett

    Robertcrockett Regular of the Pub

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    :confused:Ur kidding me!...I always have nasonex at the house..who would have thunk it...it will be in my bag for sure...beside the deet, duct tape and nylon cord.
     
  20. robint

    robint Orca

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    there is a Benadryl spray that works great for taking away the itch, but honestly the worst part is making sure you don't scratch and get the bites scabby. They can get infected, too.
     

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