I flew to Russia a couple of weeks ago, and noticed on the 8 hour flight to Munich that I’d what I’d thought was just a mosquito bite I’d picked up mowing the lawn just before leaving was actually a bite from a North Carolina fire ant! I may be more allergic than some, but for me at least this is a very painful and itchy bite, that usually swells and reddens the skin for 2-4 inches around the bite and is painful for about four days. Needless to say I was not happy about this start to my vacation!
In the Munich airport we bought something recommended by a small pharmacy, and it was very effective, much better than the hydrocortisone or other things I’ve used before (none of which ever seemed to help much). Not only did this relieve pain, swelling and redness but actually seemed to decrease healing time. The woman described it only as an antihistamine. The brand name is Fenistil and the active ingredient (in German) is Dimetindenmaleat. All google searches just turn up german medical articles or the brand, and Altavista BabelFish is no help either. I’m trying to figure out what this is in English - I’d like to be able to buy it in the states!