Biting Insect Protection
Well, what I suspected last summer to be a problem is now confirmed. I have developed an allergy to bug spray. It's not just DEET either.
I used some new spray containing Picaridin as the active ingredient and it caused a strange rash complete with blood blisters on my shins where I applied it. Last summer it was DEET and Permethrin that caused my initial problems and it's beginning to look like I need to look for other alternatives.
Last summer I had some success using Vitamin B1 doses but have read recently that there is no "proof" that this works (other than what I experienced last year.) I take 100mg of Vitamin B1 three times a day for two weeks prior to a trip and it seemed to work at either keeping the mosquitoes away or at minimizing the effects of their bites.
This summer I've been much less reliable and it shows in the number of bites all over my arms, legs, and neck from time spent outside.
Broadleaf plantain has worked wonders in the past to relieve the itching and swelling and it continues to work today.
Perhaps trying to prevent the bites for me is hopeless. Treating them is another matter.
Thanks for reading,