It’s that time of year.
The time when mosquitoes and other pesky creatures bite and cause days of irritating itching that leads to days of incessant scratching. When I grew out of my childhood, I briefly entertained the idea that maybe I’d be more disciplined about not scratching the inevitable bites that come with being outside in the summer. I was wrong, very wrong.
The other day, I got four bites in the span of a few hours. I was inside so, unless there was a mosquito or a dozen in my house, they may not have been mosquito bites. They sure itched like mosquito bites. And I scratched them just as if they were. Two of them, anyway. My success rate was 50/50 because two faded quickly but the two on the back of me leg, just where they come in contact with whatever I sat on and the spot my shorts reached to, were too itchy to resist. I tried hydrocortisone cream but woke up during the night scratching. Don’t you hate that?
Anyway, I vaguely remembered my mother telling me she’d read that witch hazel mixed with baking soda did something for bug bites but I couldn’t remember if it she said it only worked right after you got bit or later, for the itch. She said she thought it was best right after the bite.
But I was desperate. So I mixed a little baking soda and a couple drops of witch hazel on a spoon and put it on my leg. The relief was pretty much instant. I had to reapply it two more times, but it was so worth it. I can’t even see the bites today.
The only drawback? Trying not to get backing soda on everything I sat on. It does stay white for a while but eventually flakes off and disappears. But, after all, baking soda won’t stain anything.
Witch hazel and baking soda – my new anti-itch cream.