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Old 06-23-2004, 01:38 PM
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Does putting an X on a mosquito bite (with your fingernail) help at all?

I've been told by different people that if you have a fresh mosquito bite, that if you use your fingernail to mark an X in the middle of the bite that this will cause it to be less irritating and it will heal faster.

I suppose the idea is that you forcing the poison/irritant/whatever you want to call it into quadrants and it is less concentrated in one area, resulting in less of a welt and less itching.

I've tried it, and it seems that it may help somewhat, but it may all be in my imagination.
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Old 06-23-2004, 03:08 PM
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I discovered that this works when I was a kid, except I put four deep indentations in a bite with my thumbnail rather than two. I always thought it worked because it makes my skin hurt (I press my thumbnail down HARD!) so much I forget it itches!
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Old 06-23-2004, 03:49 PM
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Yes, it works, but not because of "quadrants." It's sensory overload. You're dialing in so much discomfort that the nerve won't talk anymore. You can do the same thing by smacking it with a flyswatter or a chopstick; or by scratching. Scratching, though, tears up the skin, so you don't want to do that.

If you're not into such natural cures, there's always hydrocortisone cream.
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Old 06-24-2004, 09:33 PM
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If you don't have hydrocortizone cream around, trying just plain old underarm deoderant or anti-perspirant. I got that tip from a doctor's wife. It works for me!
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Old 06-24-2004, 09:38 PM
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If you don't scratch the bite it will be gone on it's own within 24 hours. Can't take the itching?

Hot water. Just don't burn yourself.
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