1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

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1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby RogueCynic » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:50 pm UTC

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<alt text> In my experience, mosquitoes and poison ivy are bad, but the very worst itch comes from bites from chiggers (Trambicula alfreddugesi). They're found across the American south and Great Plains. So the best home remedy is to move to Iceland.

If you want a bad itch, try dry skin and Hemorrhoids. I hate you Randall.
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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby Himself » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:58 pm UTC

What of scalding hot water?
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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby mscha » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:19 pm UTC

Title text, not alt text wrote:So the best home remedy is to move to Iceland

Not a good idea...
Wikipedia wrote:The name of the lake (Icelandic ("midge") and vatn ("lake"); the lake of midges) comes from the huge numbers of midges to be found there in the summer.
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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby Echo244 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

OK, so... what eats midges (or Trambicula alfreddugesi, if you don't want to try the Iceland plan anyway)? Where can we find a devouring swarm of them?

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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:35 pm UTC

Echo244 wrote:OK, so... what eats midges (or Trambicula alfreddugesi, if you don't want to try the Iceland plan anyway)? Where can we find a devouring swarm of them?
Some ducks, apparently, at least in their aquatic stages. Need even more migrating ducks, perhaps. Perhaps encourage an icelandic swift/swallow migratory branch. Not sure about amphibious predators, their not having so much by the way of (voluntary) airspeed, even unladen, so would have to be the kind that don't mind total freezing/thawing, each year, in leiu of moving to warmer climes. Or clever but careful overwintering proximity to geysers...

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby flicky1991 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:44 pm UTC

Who else here is now noticing which parts of their body itch?
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby HES » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:52 pm UTC

flicky1991 wrote:Who else here is now noticing which parts of their body itch?

Well I wasn't, I am now.
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:46 pm UTC

My solution of late has just been to grab an ice pack from the freezer and hold it to the problem area until it starts to hurt, and then keep holding it until it doesn't hurt anymore. The numbness means I've effectively silenced any nerves that might start complaining about the itch for a few hours, at least.
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby flicky1991 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:06 pm UTC

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flicky1991 wrote:Who else here is now noticing which parts of their body itch?

Well I wasn't, I am now.
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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby KarenRei » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
Title text, not alt text wrote:So the best home remedy is to move to Iceland

Not a good idea...
Wikipedia wrote:The name of the lake (Icelandic ("midge") and vatn ("lake"); the lake of midges) comes from the huge numbers of midges to be found there in the summer.


Except that they don't bite. They form big clouds, and look like huge mosquitoes. But they don't have biting mouthpieces, their mouths look like a pair of feathers. Also, they only live at Mývatn.

No native insects in Iceland bite. There's a few non-native species that have since come, but they're comparably rare.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:26 pm UTC

I go through stages where my skin becomes allergic to air, I think. No sooner do I bet one itch into submission than another one starts somewhere else. At home I've got an extendable back-scratcher within reach of every place I spend more than five minutes at a stretch.

For the serious cases, there's Benadryl lotion in the bathroom cabinet. First acquired after I spent the night with a spider that I never saw, but who left five evenly-spaced welts in a perfectly straight line down one forearm (I figure she latched onto me every time I tried to turn over during the night).

Now when they bite, I just bite 'em back.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Tova » Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:05 am UTC

At least today's was a weird solution to a bug instead of a weird bug.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Whizbang » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:02 am UTC

I just go straight to the "piss on it" remedy.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:37 am UTC

Whizbang wrote:I just go straight to the "piss on it" remedy.

I can never usually find the wasp by the time I think of that.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby _Falanx_ » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:13 am UTC

Phenol. Just phenol.

Well, probably a little bit of water to dilute it, too.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby rmsgrey » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:58 am UTC

From the title, I was expecting something much more surreal...

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby cellocgw » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:15 am UTC

Whizbang wrote:I just go straight to the "piss on it" remedy.


That may not help with itches, but it sure works for enhancing Lead Selenide IR detectors

Back when I was a college student, interning at a semiconductor house, an older engineer claimed he was told that the discovery of said treatment came about when nobody could get PbSe to have decent performance, so during a long problem-solving blame-assigning meeting, someone said, "ahhh, piss on it!" So some other guy did, and lo & behold the treated parts met spec. Who knows if that's true.
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:41 pm UTC

Some do take comments a little too literally.
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby orthogon » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:05 pm UTC

Wee Red Bird wrote:After word got round, his nickname was "Cocky"

... by which you presumably mean "after I told everyone" ;-)
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby MythSearcher » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:33 pm UTC

Got a doctor saying that heat treatment for around 5 mins (don't burn yourself, use about 40 degrees C) helps to denature the toxic from the bites and thus keeps the itch milder. Only works within 1~2 hours of the bite though.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:49 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:... by which you presumably mean "after I told everyone" ;-)

Lets just say that a little bird told them.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby p96 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:52 pm UTC

Drip some hot candle wax on the bite and let it cool. I suspect the mild burn signal counters the itch signal for several hours.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby hetas » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:12 pm UTC

This old remedy really works.

Get some birch tree branches with leaves on them.
Heat a room up to 80 to 110 degrees celsius. Try to keep humidity high in the room.
Go sit in the room.
Beat yourself with the branches.
Itch is removed.

This can be done even if you don't have an itch just for enjoyment.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby cellocgw » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:55 pm UTC

hetas wrote:This old remedy really works.

Get some birch tree branches with leaves on them.
Heat a room up to 80 to 110 degrees celsius. Try to keep humidity high in the room.
Go sit in the room.
Beat yourself with the branches.
Itch is removed.


Hey, I'm allergic to birch leaves, you insensitive clod molpy!
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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby dsf423 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:12 pm UTC

Himself wrote:What of scalding hot water?


I get bad poison ivy rashes.

Not necessarily scalding hot, but as hot as you can get it. My understanding is that the itchiness is due to the build-up of some chemical or another, and that the hot water releases this chemical in the same way as scratching does. Even better- the heat really penetrates the rash, while scratching only works on the surface.

Last time I got bad poison ivy I'd take a few hot showers a day, and it's like scratching the entire rash simultaneously. I wouldn't go so far as to call the sensation orgasmic, but euphoric wouldn't be far off the mark.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby WatchinIt » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:23 pm UTC

The itch from chiggers is from your immune system is killing them.
I find knowing that helps - plus enough hot water to exhaust your sensory neurons for a bit.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby Rachie » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:39 pm UTC

I've discovered vibrations cause similar relief. It triggers the same nerves as scratching, penetrating deep through the skin, without causing damage. It can be very cathartic, if not pleasant.

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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:27 am UTC

dsf423 wrote:I get bad poison ivy rashes.

Not necessarily scalding hot, but as hot as you can get it. My understanding is that the itchiness is due to the build-up of some chemical or another, and that the hot water releases this chemical in the same way as scratching does. Even better- the heat really penetrates the rash, while scratching only works on the surface.

Last time I got bad poison ivy I'd take a few hot showers a day, and it's like scratching the entire rash simultaneously. I wouldn't go so far as to call the sensation orgasmic, but euphoric wouldn't be far off the mark.

Have you tried avoiding poison ivy? Or is it worth it?
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby pogrmman » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:07 am UTC

WatchinIt wrote:The itch from chiggers is from your immune system is killing them.
I find knowing that helps - plus enough hot water to exhaust your sensory neurons for a bit.



No it's not. Contrary to popular belief, they don't bury themselves in your skin. The little hard part in the middle of the bite is a tube of hardened saliva. They've fallen off by the time the bite itches.

Those things are evil, and they always bite you in very "sensitive" areas. They seem to love attaching themselves to my groin...

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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby SuicideJunkie » Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:08 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Some ducks, apparently, at least in their aquatic stages...

The notion of ducks having aquatic stages is fascinating.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby KarenRei » Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:50 am UTC

Hehe ;)

As a side note, the Icelandic language is unusually easy for making duck jokes because the word for "duck" and all of its various declensions (önd, andar, endur, andir, anda, öndum...) closely resembles a number of differents words used in forming compounds.(words equivalent to the English "re-" (endur-), "soul" or "breath" (önd, andi), "anti-" (and-), etc) used in common phrases. So for example one could easily deliberately misinterpret "standa á öndinni" (lit. "standing on the breath", fig. "eager / excited") as "standing on the duck"; "með öndina í hálsinum" (lit. "with the breath in the throat", fig. also "eager / excited") as "with the duck in the throat", andskotinn ("the devil") as "the Scottish duck", andardráttur (breath) as "having sex with a duck", etc.

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Re: Home Itch Remedies

Postby grkvlt » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:04 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Some ducks, apparently, at least in their aquatic stages.


What do ducks become after their aquatic stage? I'm imagining they build a sort of cocoon out of twigs in the winter, then in the spring they emerge as a land-based animal that looks like a sort-of cross between a duck-billed platypus and a cow.
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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby baddeathbob » Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:18 pm UTC

I grew up in the south where chiggers are endemic. The folk remedy I encountered was being sent down to the Gulf Coast beach by my mom to sit in the ocean for an hour or so, which not only killed the chiggers but cured the itch. Seemed to work like a charm.

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Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

Postby pogrmman » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:19 am UTC

The only thing I've found that stops chiggers from itching if you are inland is a very hot shower. Unfortunately, the itch returns pretty fast. Prescription strength hydrocortisone works pretty well -- I've been prescribed it a few times when I had loads of chigger bites causing "sensitive areas" to swell up significantly...


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